Pomskizillious and Gromphiberous …

… is how Edward Lear described the Maltese island of Gozo. But that’s not the whole story. #MaltaisMore!!! In our last post, we gave you a few tips for your autumn city break. Today’s post is all about our own, which will take us to Malta – and not to Malta at the same time.

Admittedly, this is not much of a riddle, considering I pretty much let the cat out of the

Pomskizillious and Gromphiberous …

Easy Hikes for an Autumn City Break

Going to Barcelona, London, Paris or Rome? Here are some tips for an active autumn city break Now that summer is over, and the holiday season behind us, it’s time to plan your autumn city break. Here is a suggestion: why not include a hike in your travel arrangements?

This does not have to be something difficult. Ideally, such a “city break hike” would be not too taxing: short and easy even by

Easy Hikes for an Autumn City Break

Who Invented Currywurst?

The Easy Hikers atone for past falsehoods by revealing the truth about Germany’s national dish As a final note to our brief stay in Berlin, here is something that, admittedly, is only somewhat tenuously linked with hiking. Something in lieu of an official retraction, an apology or (what they called under communism) “criticism and self-criticism”. And, to use a modern term, something to achieve “closure”.

There must have been, over

Who Invented Currywurst?

One of a Kind

Berlin’s Tempelhof airport has been turned into a paradise for cyclists, windsurfers, wild birds, crazy golfers, baseball fans – and walkers Hiking, in a certain way, is like listening to popular music – because, let’s face it, most hikes do not really offer anything strikingly original like something you have never seen before, but rather rearrange familiar motifs: trees, meadows, wooded hills, a river, a lake, views of farms and distant church steeples.

One of a Kind

More Ghosts from the Past …

… and some splendid views of Berlin’s most famous tourist attractions in Part Two of the Berlin Wall Trail Something that I did not mention in Part 1 of this post: the Berlin Wall walk is also a great way of discovering the city. It mixes the discovery of quarters that you would otherwise be unlikely to visit with interesting views of most of Berlin landmarks, sometimes from afar …

More Ghosts from the Past …

Ghosts of the 20th Century

Hitler, Stalin, Kaiser Bill: see them all on a walk along the Berlin Wall Trail Some of the world’s greatest cities are defined by a single building: Paris, for example, by the sleek elegance of the Eiffel Tower, Sydney by the brashness and sheer daring of its Opera House. And then there is Berlin, a city whose most famous structure no longer exists but continues to nevertheless haunt the city, occasionally to materialize in brutal

Ghosts of the 20th Century

Walks near London: Different Layers of British History

… including some that you can eat and drink: A walk through the Cathedral town of St Albans, 20 miles north of London Towns and villages near London are engaged in a constant battle for their soul: most have succumbed a long time ago and been gobbled up by the near-by metropolis, suburbanized and converted into dormitory towns with – at best – a few old churches or timber-framed Tudor mansions, now invariably reinvented as

Walks near London: Different Layers of British History

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 2

Themed Walks in London A walk through the “Florence of the 21st Century” The City of London is where most of the capital’s truly iconic works of modernist architecture are concentrated, but West London, too, has many fine new buildings.

The big difference is this: while London’s business district provides a homogeneous context of brashness – big and high “cathedrals of capitalism” vying with each other and encouraging the construction of ever bigger

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 2

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 1

Themed Walks in London A walk through Skyscraper National Park: the world’s most exciting collection of modern architectural masterpieces There are many good reasons to visit London: for its world-class theatres, its magnificent pubs, or to pay a visit to the Queen. Here is another one: the town’s unique collection of modern architecture.

This has not always been so. Until fairly recently, say the mid 1980s, there were not a

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 1

The Perfect Hiking Trail

The circular walk around the moated castle of Kemnade and the medieval Blankenstein fortress ticks all the boxes of a pleasant hiking experience Some hikes are great because they focus exclusively on One Big Thing and never let you forget how magnificent that One Big Thing is: hikes through the Grand Canyon, for example, fall into this category, but so do – one level down on the scale of awesomeness – ascents of the smaller

The Perfect Hiking Trail