A Trip to the Countryside of Slovakia

On our last day in Kosice, we did what the locals do when they want to experience a small slice of nature After two urban walks to explore the cultural treasures of Kosice, today we will be heading out of town in search of some greenery in the countryside of Slovakia.

There is quite a lot of hiking to do within a radius of approx. 100 km around Kosice if you have the

A Trip to the Countryside of Slovakia

Where to See the Breathtaking Murals of Kosice

When Kosice became European Capital of Culture in 2013, the municipal authorities took a bold decision: resisting the temptation of putting all the money into their historic town centre, they allocated a significant proportion of the budget to the city’s modern, residential areas. Rather than hiding these quarters away – in terms of surface as well as the number of inhabitants by far the largest section of the town – they turned them very much

Where to See the Breathtaking Murals of Kosice

Why is a Log Cabin Up on the Rooftop in Kosice?

In today’s world, what is a traditional building?

Here is something about Eastern and Central Europe (the countries that used to lie behind the former Iron Curtain) that many of you may not know: most of the locals that you meet in the streets are no more intimate than you with their cities’ fantastic urban architecture, that splendid blend of medieval grandeur and Austro-Hungarian pomp.

Just like you, they will

Why is a Log Cabin Up on the Rooftop in Kosice?

Kosice and the Tides of History

A walk through the beautiful streets of this city in Eastern Slovakia can teach you a thing or two about Europe and its common culture Many people like to sneer at the whole concept of the “European Capital of Culture”, but there is some good thinking behind it, as there is behind so many of the EU’s initiatives (yes, English readers, that even includes the common currency.)

European culture, so the thinking goes,

Kosice and the Tides of History

In the French Riviera, the Back Country Wins!

Biot is that rare thing of a Riviera hilltop town: as unassuming, authentic and unspoilt as you can expect any town in this part of the world to be The stretch between Antibes and Nice Airport is, without a doubt, the ugliest section of the Cote d’Azur: on the one side of the road and railway tracks, you have a straight and featureless coastline (largely lifeless, too, with only few scattered swimmers around, even in

In the French Riviera, the Back Country Wins!

Walking London: Top Borough Enfield

Walks in London A walk through London’s northernmost suburb gives you a chance to reconnect with outer London’s semi-rural past

Enfield was once a key section of the English home county that no longer exists: Middlesex, now only a memory and the name of a cricket club, was gobbled up some time ago by the growth of Greater London, even more so than the neighbouring counties of Essex and Sussex.

Walking London: Top Borough Enfield

A Post (Partly) Written Beneath an Elm in the Churchyard at Harrow

Today, we follow in the footsteps of Byron and Churchill – and the skid marks of the world’s first fatal car accident

Today’s post is the first in an intermittent series of walks through London’s outer boroughs and suburbs. Those who do not know or understand London may be surprised to find out how much there is to explore: some of these places have preserved much of their village-like origins and rural

A Post (Partly) Written Beneath an Elm in the Churchyard at Harrow

See Why It Can Be Monumental at Mougins

One more reason to hike up to this picturesque hilltop town: a street sculpture exhibition

VENUS DANS LE VIDE by Sasha Sosno

Street sculpture shows are very much in fashion. Over the last 20 years or so, many towns have hit upon the idea of hosting a festival by inviting artists or museums to exhibit some of their works on public squares and thoroughfares.

Such festivals generally provide good copy for the

See Why It Can Be Monumental at Mougins

Do You Think Mougins is Worth the Climb?

Picasso spent the last 12 years of his life here, but there are many other reasons to visit this hilltop village north of Cannes If the French Riviera is not exclusively famous for being a playground of people with more money than sense – from 19th century Russian aristocrats via eccentric East Coast heiresses during the “Jazz Age” to the oligarchs of today – it owes this to the great modern artists who chose to

Do You Think Mougins is Worth the Climb?

How and Why it was St Jean Cap Ferrat Again

The Saint Hospice promontory – hermits, shepherds and gazillionaires – is always worth a return visit It was just a question of time before such a thing would happen, and then, last week, it finally did.

She said so: It was St Jean Cap Ferrat all over again

“We have been here before.” Mrs. Easy Hiker said. “There,” she pointed to a spot in the distance just before the hiking

How and Why it was St Jean Cap Ferrat Again