Plymouth Waterfront Walkway: 1620 and All That

The “odd stage out” on the South West Coast Path Today, we shall make one last visit to the South West Coast Path, albeit one with a difference. On this stretch of the trail, you will (probably) meet more people than on all of the other stages together and (certainly) see more concrete, too, but what this part of the path may lack in scenic beauty – although there is some – it more

Plymouth Waterfront Walkway: 1620 and All That

A Great Day Out to Grugapark in Essen

… whether you are interested in the history of landscaping or not

Parks and public gardens reflect the times in which they were created no less than buildings do, because tastes in landscaping vary as much as architectural ones. In theory, it may be possible to adapt a landscaped garden to a newly emerging fashion; this would certainly be much easier and much less costly than doing the same with

A Great Day Out to Grugapark in Essen

A Country Walk in Turin

The Piemontese hills may provide a picturesque backdrop, but it is in the flat countryside where the city’s lifeblood flows To the casual observer, it may seem that the countryside in and around Turin is mainly Alpine in nature. The Alps indeed seem to be everywhere …

… but while they undoubtedly attract the eye, even at a distance, they provide no more than a picturesque background, and it is

A Country Walk in Turin

A Town Walk in Turin

Meet two of modern Italy’s founding fathers, a two-faced royal mansion and the world’s tallest museum

In addition to the San Michele hike from our last post, we have prepared two more tours in Turin for you: one “town” walk and one “country” walk, both of them relatively short (with lengths of two to three hours) so you could do them, if you wanted to, back-to-back on the same day.

A Town Walk in Turin

Want to See the Russian Churches on the Riviera?

Elsewhere in the world, the word may be that “the Russians are coming”; in the coastal region between Nice and Sanremo, they have arrived long ago and been part of the local communities for well over 150 years Once upon a time, before the advent of satellite TV dishes and the world-wide web, immigrants, even the very richest ones, felt the need to huddle together in the cold environment of an alien culture. What they

Want to See the Russian Churches on the Riviera?

It was Once a Wonderful Springtime for Napoleon

200 years after the event, we followed the Emperor and his army on the first stage of their walk back to Paris and to Waterloo On 1 March 1815, the recently deposed Emperor Napoleon landed with a small band of 1000 loyal soldiers in Golfe Juan near Cannes, arriving from his exile in Elba to reclaim the French throne. Exactly two hundred years later, the municipal administration of what is now a small but lively

It was Once a Wonderful Springtime for Napoleon

The Remains of the Romans in the Riviera

On the basis of the evidence, it feels safe to say that the Empire’s troops did not come here to enjoy the beautiful beaches The history of the Riviera, if we are honest, begins in the 17th century when its oldest towns were built, and it really picks up 200 years later with the invention of tourism.

Anything that happened before is irrelevant for the modern-day resort towns that are lining the coast.

The Remains of the Romans in the Riviera

The Nice of Henri Matisse You Want to See

The capital of the French Riviera was the great love in the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists The list of famous painters who have been claimed as the genius loci of one Riviera town or the other is long: Cagnes-sur-Mer has Renoir, St Paul de Vence has Chagall, Menton has Jean Cocteau, Vallauris and Antibes share Picasso (but there is a lot to share, Picasso being “vast and containing multitudes”). Even

The Nice of Henri Matisse You Want to See

What Made Sanremo Famous

The Riviera (T)railway Forbidden fruit: taste it and find out what made Sanremo famous

Coastal walks on the Italian Riviera, ideally, connect two seaside resorts that are well worth a visit in their own right. Whether or not these outings are successful, ultimately depends as much on these two resorts as on the walk itself – the more there is to see on either end, the more interesting the trip, even if the

What Made Sanremo Famous

How to See the Busy Hilltop Town of Vence

With its long history and a strong presence of the modern arts, Vence is the perfect destination for a walk through the Provencal countryside It would be silly to say that if you have seen one Riviera hilltop town, you have seen them all. No, worse than silly: unfair and, above all, ungrateful for the treasures they hold in store for their visitors. At the same time, however, it would be equally silly to deny

How to See the Busy Hilltop Town of Vence