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

The Spy Story of the Cambridge Five in London

Themed London Walk London may not be the world’s most beautiful city but it is probably its most storied. Almost every street corner has a story to tell: about rock music, Charles Dickens, Jack the Ripper and so on – the list of themes is virtually endless.

London is also the capital of spy stories, and the most thrilling of these is the one about the Cambridge Five. Or

The Spy Story of the Cambridge Five in London

Where and How to See Modern Sculptures in Muenster

Earlier in the year, we took you on a “sculp-tour” through the city of Münster (in northwest Germany), which hosts an internationally famous sculpture exhibition every ten years and which – since 1977 – has become one of Europe’s hot spots for urban modern art. The city, one of Germany’s finest, is equally well-known for its historic town centre and for its large number of urban beauty spots. Having concentrated on the first for part

Where and How to See Modern Sculptures in Muenster

Amarcord: I Remember the Rimini of Fellini

Where to Find Fellini in Rimini For most of its history, Rimini – established by the Romans more than 2000 years ago – was a sleepy provincial town on the Adriatic coast.

Within 20 years after the end of WWII, however, two dramatic changes occurred: first came the arrival of mass tourism. And then a local boy, the scion of a respected middle-class family, became the most famous movie director on

Amarcord: I Remember the Rimini of Fellini

Care for a “Sculptour” in a Modern Art Hotspot?

Münster is one of western Germany’s most favourite day trip destinations and also happens to be a modern art hotspot. People from the region and beyond like to come here partly to experience the town’s ancient and interesting history: in 1535, the Siege of Münster ended the tyrannical regime of the eccentric Jan van Leiden, a sort of medieval Pol Pot, and in 1648, this was where the Peace of Westphalia

Care for a “Sculptour” in a Modern Art Hotspot?

The Trail of Famous Writers Right in Nice

Enough about painters and the French Riviera! Entire books have been written about the way in which the great modernists of European painting – from Monet to Picasso – fell in love with the lights and the sights and the colours of southern France. You don’t even have to go to the library to read about this “love story”. You can do so here, here and here.

All this while, there were writers

The Trail of Famous Writers Right in Nice

Scared to Meet Ghosts of the Undead of London?

Themed Walk in London Many of the city’s restless souls have chosen to reside in the tomb-like tunnels of the underground railway The most popular Themed London Walks deal with one of the following: Jack the Ripper (been there), pop music (done that), and ghosts – more of which soon.

But please don’t be impatient: you will meet them soon enough. Some of these restless spirits have been haunting the capital’s streets, pubs

Scared to Meet Ghosts of the Undead of London?