An Easy Hike in Salò, a Most Charming Part of Lake Garda

There are three things that we found out about Lake Garda on our recent short stopover. One: the trains from Venice and Milan all stop on the lake’s southern shore. Two: all the interesting hiking routes are in the North. Three: it is mighty difficult to get from one to the other, because the distances are large, the buses infrequent, and the traffic congestions horrible. In summer, apparently, the entire road network around

An Easy Hike in Salò, a Most Charming Part of Lake Garda

Fancy Taking a Gentrified London Walk?

One key difference between London and Paris is the pace at which these two largest cities in Europe change their face: in Paris, any such change is slow. Very slow. When I see photos of Parisian street scenes from the years before WWI, more often than not I can recognize the location.

In London, conversely, you turn around for a moment, and when you look again a whole area has disappeared.

Fancy Taking a Gentrified London Walk?

Glimpse the Glory of Manchester Past Along Its Canals

Manchester was the world’s first industrial town, the cradle of the global manufacturing economy. Today‘s Manchester, however, is no museum: busy and forward-looking, it seems prouder of its soccer clubs and its modern-day prosperity – a rare thing in Britain’s troubled north – than of any past glories.

There is little in the streets of the modern city centre that would provide clues about the town’s unique history. One level down,

Glimpse the Glory of Manchester Past Along Its Canals

The Challenge of a Hike to the Summit of Tete de Chien

Granted: nobody would mistake the Alpes Maritimes for the Himalaya. After all, the mountains which line the coast of the French and Italian Riviera are easily measured in the hundreds of metres rather than the thousands.

They can, however, look intimidatingly high when seen from the ground up. When you stand by the sea – as most people do when they look at these mountains – 500 metres

The Challenge of a Hike to the Summit of Tete de Chien

Boccadasse – Well Hidden Fishing Village of Genoa

Genoa is a city with many faces: you know that already since we told you that in our last post. Still, I defy anybody turning the corner behind the church of Sant’Antonio on Genoa’s Corso Italia not to be surprised.

Boccadasse is a Cinque Terre idyll, neatly stacked boxes of pinks and bright yellows, transported more or less straight into the middle of a sober, modern big city district.

Boccadasse – Well Hidden Fishing Village of Genoa

Architecture Buff? Find Out What Genoa Gives You

The great thing about Genoa is that it keeps on giving. No matter how many times you have visited, there is always something new to discover.

In the Old Town, you never know what you will find when you turn the next corner in its dark and narrow maze: there is the multicultural mix of the harbour quarters, there are hidden gardens nestling on the hillsides and Renaissance palazzi downtown. Genoa has fewer

Architecture Buff? Find Out What Genoa Gives You

Take a Walk in the Eclectic Miramare Gardens

If you are looking for a short walk to round off your trip to Trieste that is not too long or too challenging, something that will not take more than a total of 3 hours out of your schedule – we recommend the eclectic Miramare Gardens.

These gardens were laid out in the north of Trieste around a villa built by Archduke Maximilian Ferdinand in the 1860s when Trieste was the Mediterranean outpost

Take a Walk in the Eclectic Miramare Gardens

What Sets Out Trieste as a Different Italian Town

No country in the world is entirely made of one piece: wherever you go, you will always find differences between individual regions. It is equally clear, however, that some countries are more homogeneous than others, and I have always found that the band of cultural variety is particularly narrow in Italy. There is a certain “Italianness” which is shared by most things that you can find everywhere in this lovely country: food, dress

What Sets Out Trieste as a Different Italian Town

Walking with Rainer Maria Rilke in Trieste

Whatever anyone will tell you, Rainer Maria Rilke is the greatest poet in the German language. If you do not speak German well enough to read Rilke in the original (or if you think, with Mark Twain, that life is too short to learn it), try – for flavour – a painting of Rilke’s near-contemporary and fellow Viennese artist Gustav Klimt.

Rilke’s language is decorative and opulent, and

Walking with Rainer Maria Rilke in Trieste

Walking the Way of the Cross in Kevelaer

There are many more walks in the Lower Rhine Plains between Krefeld and the Dutch-German border other than the two that we introduced here over the past two weeks.

The European Long Distance Trail GR8, for example, will take you from Nijmegen to Kalkar or Xanten and beyond, while an extensive network of picturesque foot paths connects the rivers Niers and Kleine Niers.

On the plus side, there are many other

Walking the Way of the Cross in Kevelaer