A Perfect Winter Walk in the Italian Riviera

Happy Italian families, sunshine and local delicacies combine for a perfect winter walk on the Mediterranean Winter walks very much have their own logic: a successful outdoor experience between December and February requires more careful thinking than a journey at any time of the year, even in the relatively mild and balmy climate of the French and Italian Riviera.

Many of the proper trails – as opposed to asphalted footpaths

A Perfect Winter Walk in the Italian Riviera

A Côte d’Azur Gem: Medieval Town Haut de Cagnes

Easy Hikes in the French Riviera Something to do outdoors during the “rainy season” on the French Riviera Normally, we are spoilt by the weather in our part of the world, but for the past six weeks, it has been raining and raining. And just when it felt that the worst was finally over, somebody up there decided to throw the sluice gates open once again, and we found ourselves cooped up for yet another

A Côte d’Azur Gem: Medieval Town Haut de Cagnes

The Story of the First Garden City in the UK

Walks near London Following in the footsteps of Soviet town planners, teetotal socialists, Quakers, silly old men in skin-tight trousers and – perhaps – even Vladimir Ilyich Lenin to the first garden city in the UK.

It may be difficult to believe, but Letchworth Garden City, nowadays a well-heeled country town on the edge of North London’s commuter belt, …

… was once at the cutting edge of

The Story of the First Garden City in the UK

Stairways of Valletta

#MaltaisMore by Mrs Easy Hiker Perhaps it is because we are under the charms of Liguria (the nearest Italian region neighbouring Menton where we now reside) and lived along the stairways of Montmartre for more than 20 years, that the sight of the stairways of Valletta gave us a tug of familiarity.

There is definitely an Italianate feel to Malta’s capital city. Its narrow cobblestoned alleyways certainly remind us of many found in

Stairways of Valletta

Horsenden Hill and the Grand Union Canal

Walks near London London’s extensive canal network is a haven for nature lovers – and often just a single stairway down from the city’s hustle and bustle One of the best things about London is that you don’t have to leave the city to do some serious walking. The West End is virtually surrounded by the leftovers from King Henry VIII’s deer-hunting grounds (Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park, Regent’s Park), while from the

Horsenden Hill and the Grand Union Canal

All You have is Two Hours in Milan?

Break within a break If you are in a rush, you could reduce those two hours in Milan to 15 minutes and still see Italy’s largest Cathedral, the world’s oldest shopping mall and opera’s most famous theatre, all of them “next-arcade neighbours” in one of the smallest central cores of any major city in Europe

In the last post from our short series of “breaks within a break”, we will take you today

All You have is Two Hours in Milan?

Do You Know How to spend Two Hours in Szczecin?

Break within a break Borders within the European Union may have become largely symbolic, scars of ancient conflicts, but there are also places where the underlying wounds are relatively fresh.

When you are crossing European borders for a “break within a break”, you should not expect to see a sudden and dramatic change of scenery. Across most of Europe, the lands on either side of national frontiers have more in common with each

Do You Know How to spend Two Hours in Szczecin?

So You Only Want to SpendTwo Hours in Basel?

Break within a break Switzerland’s gateway to Europe and the river Rhine is the place to visit for medieval architecture, modern art and overpriced burgers

Variety is king when it comes to taking “a break within a break”: that’s what I said in our last post.

And your best bet for seeing and experiencing something different during a holiday break of any kind is and remains – even in the

So You Only Want to SpendTwo Hours in Basel?

After the Solitude, Hope for Two Hours in Valletta

Break within a break Counterpoint is king for any “break within a break” – and the busy street life of Malta’s capital city was the right antidote after the solitude of Gozo Sometimes, even a break needs a break. During a trip of, say, four days or more, about half-way in you will long for a day with something else to do – if only to avoid your holiday from descending into mere routine.

After the Solitude, Hope for Two Hours in Valletta

The Castles of La Napoule

Easy Hikes in the French Riviera The French Riviera would be as beautiful, culturally much poorer without its long history of eccentric Anglo-Saxons The French Riviera is a truly blessed spot – with its richly articulated coastline, its pretty coastal villages, its bays and its boats, its nearly perennial sunshine and pleasant temperatures all year round.

But just to prove that nothing is perfect this side of paradise, there are also a few

The Castles of La Napoule