Literature and History in Bloomsbury – The Writers Quarter of London

London Walks

Legendary towns have legendary streets and quarters. I have never lived in New York City, but I know what everybody knows: that Madison Avenue is a by-word for the country’s (and the world’s) advertising industry, that Broadway is the home of live entertainment and that Wall Street is the place from where the gangsters operate (spot the joke). But London, another legendary town, is – to my knowledge – the only

Literature and History in Bloomsbury – The Writers Quarter of London

Walks to Salute the Fame of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge

Of all the combat actions and hostile encounters that together make up the Battle of the Bulge, the struggle for Bastogne in eastern Belgium is the one you are most likely to have heard about.

One reason for the fame of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge is the undoubtedly great psychological importance that the siege of the area acquired in the later stages of WWII: the Germans badly wanted this consolation

Walks to Salute the Fame of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge

A Remembrance Hike on the Schumann’s Eck Memorial Trail

The Liberation Route Europe (which follows the movement of the Allied advance through northern Europe in the latter stages of WWII) is complemented by a wide range of shorter memorial trails around towns and villages, which are often laid out as circular walks to commemorate local events.

One of the most famous and interesting of the shorter WWII Remembrance Hike is on the Schumann’s Eck Memorial Trail, designed as a monument to the

A Remembrance Hike on the Schumann’s Eck Memorial Trail

Liberation and Remembrance are What This Route is All About

Over the years, we have introduced you to a large variety of hiking trails: trails in the mountains, trails by the sea, trails through wild forests, trails through parkland and so on. This time, however, we are going to tell you about a trail that is still very much in the making.

The Liberation and Remembrance Route

The Liberation Route Europe is a Remembrance Trail that connects

Liberation and Remembrance are What This Route is All About

What to See on the French Riviera’s Inaugural Festival des Jardins

No long-winded openings today: there is no time to lose. Six more contestants in the French Riviera’s inaugural Festival des Jardins are waiting for our visit! (The first four are here!)

First, we are going to Antibes, or – to be more precise – to Antibes’s beach resort suburb of Juan-les-Pins, where – at Pinède Plage, a brisk 10-minute walk from Juan-les-Pins train station – the architects’ collective Les Jardiniers Nomades and the

What to See on the French Riviera’s Inaugural Festival des Jardins

The Very First French Riviera Garden Festival

Gardens are a part of the Riviera scenery like yachts, open-top sports cars and deposed government officials from corrupt cleptocracies. Unlike the mountains and the sea, they have not always been there but have become so much part of the cultural landscape that nobody remembers or can even imagine a time when they were not.

The history of the Riviera gardens goes back all the way to the “stone age” of the region

The Very First French Riviera Garden Festival

The Question is Where Does the Riviera Start?

Themed Walk: Historic Hyères Minds much greater than my own have wrestled with this question without ever finding a conclusive answer: Where does the Riviera start?

It does not take a great mind to see where it ends. Even I can see that it comes to a grinding halt at Cinque Terre, southeast of Genoa. As to its start on the French side, however, there are many different theories. Culturally, the Riviera’s heartpiece

The Question is Where Does the Riviera Start?

Here are Five More Riviera Gardens to Discover

More Riviera gardens to discover!

Read the first collection of Riviera gardens here!

Last week, we surveyed the area east of Monaco and strolled deep into Italy, concentrating on the coast’s “classic” garden country. But the less climatically blessed western part of the Riviera – where the mountains are often further away from the coast and give the cold Alpine winds more room to wreak their winterly havoc – also has its little

Here are Five More Riviera Gardens to Discover

How and Where to Discover the Gardens of the Riviera

The Riviera is famous for … well, many things in fact – speed boats, card sharps, minor royals – so it never ceases to surprise me how many of the visitors we meet have explicitly come to see one of the gardens of the Riviera.

I am – to be honest – not a natural garden enthusiast, but have over the years developed an understanding of why many people seem to be so

How and Where to Discover the Gardens of the Riviera

A London Spy Walk in the Footsteps of the Cambridge Five

In our previous London spy walk on the trail of the Cambridge Five, we left off with Maclean and Burgess just about making it to Southampton for the day’s last ferry to France, never to return to the UK.

The sudden disappearance of two middle-ranking foreign service officials, at least one of whom was under acute suspicion of being a Soviet spy, caused a bit of a stir in contemporary Britain, but things

A London Spy Walk in the Footsteps of the Cambridge Five