Walk on the Great Wall of Catalonia in Girona

Here is a tip if you face an acute what-to-do-with-the kids emergency in Barcelona If you are visiting the Catalan capital with teenage kids in tow who have become ever so slightly rebellious after three days of art nouveau, hallucinogenic architecture and the musty smell of museum corridors, take them to Girona (it’s a little more than 30 minutes away by high-speed train) and straight to the Great Wall of Catalonia.

Walk on the Great Wall of Catalonia in Girona

Go Hiking Up Castellar in the French Riviera

Castellar is a vaguely picturesque medieval village just to the north of Menton on the French Riviera, and on its own (we might as well be honest about this), it is not worth the trip. Castellar’s 972 inhabitants may hate me for saying this, but such are the risks of boldly speaking truth to power. Still, there are generally quite a few visitors around, even at this time of year. So what attracts all these

Go Hiking Up Castellar in the French Riviera

Five Reasons Why Rivers Make Great Travel Companions

What constitutes a “beautiful landscape”? Opinions on this may vary, but most people will agree that a beautiful landscape must contain some …. 1. Body of water

For the simple reason that we are programmed to find beautiful what is good for us, and water happens to be the number 1 condition for an environment that can sustain human life. If you don’t believe me: check any book on art

Five Reasons Why Rivers Make Great Travel Companions

A Great Escape Around Vibrant Villefranche Harbour

Over the years, this blog has featured many different kinds of walks for different occasions: exhausting hikes as well as gentle strolls, explorations of the wild and urban walks with a cultural theme, walks for summer and walks for winter, walks that you can spread over several days and walks that you can squeeze in between a boozy lunch and your afternoon tea. Today’s walk falls into yet another type of category: an escape walk.

A Great Escape Around Vibrant Villefranche Harbour

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

The Rings of Saturn on the Seafront of the Suffolk Coast

Today’s post sets out to prove that, no matter how gloomy and unpromising the area (and the weather) may look, you can still have fun. Just put on your walking shoes and a raincoat – an extra layer of clothes if it’s cold – and go out for a hike or even a brief walk. Brace the wind and fill your lungs with some fresh air! You will be surprised how good that feels. As

The Rings of Saturn on the Seafront of the Suffolk Coast

Rediscovering the Greatest Literary Work About Hiking

W. G. Sebald and East Anglia The Rings Of Saturn is the greatest literary work about hiking. The book deals – as you may suspect – not only with hiking but with a great many other things besides, but its central conceit is a long walk that the author undertakes along the coast of East Anglia, the peninsula north of London and Cambridge in eastern England.

If you have never

Rediscovering the Greatest Literary Work About Hiking

Experience the Drama and the Heart of the Coastline in Barcelona

Barcelona City Walks Now that we have established that the local food alone is worth a trip to Barcelona (by eating a lot of it, intrepid adventurers that we are), only one question remains: how do we get all those calories off our waistlines? Well, by walking, of course. I am sure you had already figured that out all by yourself. The website is called Easy Hiker, after all, not Heavy Eater.

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Experience the Drama and the Heart of the Coastline in Barcelona

Where You Can Eat (Guaranteed) Well in Barcelona

In our last post, we talked about something that Mediterranean countries do not, on the whole, do very well – Christmas, or, to be more precise, the “universal” (but in fact Northern European-North American) version of it. Today’s post, conversely, is about something which lies very much in Southern Europe’s comfort zone: food. Which is more than ample compensation, you must agree.

When it comes to the higher forms of “food culture”, Northern

Where You Can Eat (Guaranteed) Well in Barcelona

Barcelona – City of Christmas Lights

Don’t we all just love the Mediterranean! And aren’t we grateful that we have its wonderful countries: for their food, their joie de vivre, the refuge they offer us at this or, indeed, any other time of the year. Having said that, we must also admit that these countries are not perfect and that there are things they do not do very well. Things like, to name just one, Christmas.

The reason why

Barcelona – City of Christmas Lights