Be Afraid But Be Astounded by its Beauty

An expedition down the Toce river reveals that the Orridi di Uriezzo are actually quite beautiful One of the main forces that have shaped the landscape of the Ossola valleys is water.

During the last ice age, all valleys – main valley and seven side valleys – were covered by approx. 1 km of ice (the scenery would have looked very different from what it looks now, with only the

Be Afraid But Be Astounded by its Beauty

D is the Gateway to the Ossola Valley

D is for Domodossola This week, we are off for a few days of hiking in the northern Italian Ossola Valley (near the Swiss border), but before we put on our boots for the more “serious stuff”, we went for a brief walk through the town of Domodossola, our base for the duration of our stay.

In Italy, Domodossola is mainly known for two things: as a hub for northbound

D is the Gateway to the Ossola Valley

Sunshine and Spectacle Guaranteed on the Promenade des Anglais

A multi-site exhibition in Nice celebrates the past and the present of France’s second most famous and most attractive boulevard

The past is a foreign country, the novel “The Go Between” famously begins, and although we all know that “they do things differently there”, we are often insufficiently aware of the size of the gap that divides us from our forefathers.

Modern life, for better of for worse,

Sunshine and Spectacle Guaranteed on the Promenade des Anglais

When Will the Twain Meet Between New East and Old West?

… and when the twain finally did meet, two worlds collided – and two rival viewpoints of history Two trillion dollars have been spent. This is not a trifling amount, even for one of the world’s richest nations. Still, East Germany – after 25 years of reconstruction – has preserved an Eastness about it which is not easy to define but easy to recognize, even by people who do not know Germany all that well.

When Will the Twain Meet Between New East and Old West?

How Easy it is to Cross the Border Between Two Old Foes

Half-German-half-Polish Usedom is used to playing second fiddle among Germany’s Baltic coast islands, but has a unique distinction

Usedom is Germany’s sunniest spot. Talk about damning with faint praise, eh?

But before any of you can accuse me of sneery sarcasm, let me point out that Usedom gets an almost Mediterranean 1917 hours of sunshine every year, more than some places in Italy (Bolzano, Milan) and Spain (San Sebastian), never

How Easy it is to Cross the Border Between Two Old Foes

Take a Look at the Picturesque White Cliffs of Ruegen

As seen on an iconic, world-famous painting – and by Kaiser Bill’s mother Ruegen is Germany’s largest island and one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.

Unsurprisingly, considering the German love for hiking, Ruegen also has a dense network of hiking paths, all centred on the 140 km long Hauptwanderweg – the “main hiking path” – from Kap Ankona in the north to the southern ferry harbour of Altefähr.

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Take a Look at the Picturesque White Cliffs of Ruegen

See Why You’ll Agree that Scenic Binz Means Beach

Scenic landscapes and a historical monument on the beach promenade of Rügen, Germany’s largest island It may be a truth universally acknowledged (at least across that section of the universe where English is spoken) that Binz Means Heinz. But in modern Germany, Binz means beach. It has always stood for sandy beaches and seaside fun – at least since Binz became one of the busiest and most popular holiday resorts on the country’s Baltic coast.

See Why You’ll Agree that Scenic Binz Means Beach

Spotlight on Stralsund as Gateway to Ruegen and Usedom

The German city of Stralsund is the gateway to Ruegen and Usedom in the Baltic Sea… …. and before you set out for a hiking trip on either of these two fascinating islands, you should take the time to explore what is in many ways the most interesting of the great German Baltic sea ports. Spotlight on Stralsund

We used Stralsund as a base for our stay in the area, and here are

Spotlight on Stralsund as Gateway to Ruegen and Usedom

More Rip Van Winkle Villages in the Italian Riviera

More places to discover on our walk through the land that time forgot In our last post, we took you down the Riviera memory lane from San Lorenzo to Santo Stefano. Today, we shall hike further down the coast, passing through more villages along the Italian Riviera that have become “unstuck in time”, in the direction of Sanremo (which has also seen better days, but that is a different story).

Before you set

More Rip Van Winkle Villages in the Italian Riviera

What are the Rip van Winkle Villages of the Italian Riviera?

From Imperia to Bordighera, there is a stretch of Italian Riviera villages that have become unstuck in time

All the small coastal towns between San Lorenzo al Mare and Santo Stefano look as though they had retreated into a time capsule, a little like the New England hamlet in M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village”, with the main difference that the year written on the capsule is not 1870 but some date in

What are the Rip van Winkle Villages of the Italian Riviera?