The Most Romantic Paris Walk

Still searching for something to do on your next holiday in Paris? Then this might be just the ticket.

Paris, more than any other of the world’s great tourist destinations, is a city for walkers. Not only is Paris relatively small and compact, with everything in easy walking distance of everything else, she is also full of surprises, ensuring that wherever you go and turn, there will be something around

The Most Romantic Paris Walk

The Splendours of Montecatini

A walk through one of Europe’s most glamorous spa towns Tuscany is where two of Europe’s foremost cultural routes cross, one an ancient pilgrim’s path to Rome and the other a network of spa towns across the continent.

Such a crossing may be a great starting point, but eventually, you have to decide which way you are going – or, at the very least, which way you will be going

The Splendours of Montecatini

The Cultural Routes of Europe

Tuscany: Home to Europe’s two most interesting hiking trails Now don’t get me wrong: I have absolutely nothing against the grand majestic landscapes of our planet, the Grand Canyon and Utah’s Monument Valley, or the barren rocks and icey cliffs of the high mountains, and I am as much in awe of the “the graceful indifference with which they disdain to destroy us” as the next hiker.

What annoys me a bit, however,

The Cultural Routes of Europe

The Lunar Landscapes of Milos

#LoveMILOS Subsequent volcanic eruptions have turned the island’s north coast into a freak show of geological curiosities I already told you that most people in Milos believe their local administration and tourism board are not making enough of the fact that the Venus of Milo, possibly the world’s most famous “classical” statue, was found on their island. Here is what I believe is under-promoted about Milos: the island’s stunning geological diversity.

The Lunar Landscapes of Milos

The Mining Hikes in Milos

#LoveMILOS After a long and “crane’s length” co-existence on the island, the strange bedfellows of mining and tourism are beginning to embrace Most of the Cyclades islands are one-horse economies. Nearly all the people you will meet during your stay – guest house owners, restaurateurs and guides, obviously, but also local officials, doctors and lawyers – are only there because of people like you: if tourists did not pump money into the veins of the

The Mining Hikes in Milos

The Venus of Milo Walk

#LoveMILOS Classical antiquity’s most famous lady, a most controversial military campaign, catacombs and a murderous espresso machine. Hers is the body that launched a thousand ad campaigns …

… that graces a thousand flea markets all over Greece …

… and that has inspired many artists, the clumsy and the maladroit …

… as well as the playful and joyously camp …

The Venus of Milo Walk

Where to Eat in Ios

#LoveIOS Because hikers also need to eat…

Traditional Greek dishes and desserts

Over the past week or so, we have acquired considerable knowledge and expertise not only about the hiking trails of Ios, but also – thanks to the generosity of the mayor and his local administration – about the best of the island’s restaurants.

Ios, it is said, has a church for every day of the year, and probably for every

Where to Eat in Ios

A Tour Around the Sights of Ios

#LoveIOS If you want to see the many facets of the island, you will – unfortunately – have to exchange your hiking boots for a set of wheels

I think we can all agree that walking is the perfect way of experiencing foreign destinations. The problem is that you do not always have the choice between good, better and perfect, but must instead take what is possible or do entirely without.

A Tour Around the Sights of Ios

Want to Experience Easter in the Churches of Ios?

#LoveIOS If you like Greek Orthodox churches and chapels, the island of Ios in the Greek Cyclades is the perfect place for you. Hiking (and driving) through Ios, you cannot miss the fact that there seem to be an awfully large number of churches and chapels around. No field or farm, no hill and certainly no mountain, no promontory and not even the most remote rock in the ocean seems complete without one of those

Want to Experience Easter in the Churches of Ios?

To the Lighthouse

#LoveIOS On today’s walk into the glorious Mediterranean countryside of Ios, we’re up to see a lighthouse …

… a “prehistoric” Greek dance floor …

Mrs Easy Hiker doing a Greek dance on the prehistoric Greek dance floor

… and the lizard, the wonderful lizard of I-Oz.

All we have to do is follow the yellow

To the Lighthouse