The Rings of Saturn on the Seafront of the Suffolk Coast

Today’s post sets out to prove that, no matter how gloomy and unpromising the area (and the weather) may look, you can still have fun. Just put on your walking shoes and a raincoat – an extra layer of clothes if it’s cold – and go out for a hike or even a brief walk. Brace the wind and fill your lungs with some fresh air! You will be surprised how good that feels. As

The Rings of Saturn on the Seafront of the Suffolk Coast

Rediscovering the Greatest Literary Work About Hiking

W. G. Sebald and East Anglia The Rings Of Saturn is the greatest literary work about hiking. The book deals – as you may suspect – not only with hiking but with a great many other things besides, but its central conceit is a long walk that the author undertakes along the coast of East Anglia, the peninsula north of London and Cambridge in eastern England.

If you have never

Rediscovering the Greatest Literary Work About Hiking

Experience the Drama and the Heart of the Coastline in Barcelona

Barcelona City Walks Now that we have established that the local food alone is worth a trip to Barcelona (by eating a lot of it, intrepid adventurers that we are), only one question remains: how do we get all those calories off our waistlines? Well, by walking, of course. I am sure you had already figured that out all by yourself. The website is called Easy Hiker, after all, not Heavy Eater.

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Experience the Drama and the Heart of the Coastline in Barcelona

Where You Can Eat (Guaranteed) Well in Barcelona

In our last post, we talked about something that Mediterranean countries do not, on the whole, do very well – Christmas, or, to be more precise, the “universal” (but in fact Northern European-North American) version of it. Today’s post, conversely, is about something which lies very much in Southern Europe’s comfort zone: food. Which is more than ample compensation, you must agree.

When it comes to the higher forms of “food culture”, Northern

Where You Can Eat (Guaranteed) Well in Barcelona

Barcelona – City of Christmas Lights

Don’t we all just love the Mediterranean! And aren’t we grateful that we have its wonderful countries: for their food, their joie de vivre, the refuge they offer us at this or, indeed, any other time of the year. Having said that, we must also admit that these countries are not perfect and that there are things they do not do very well. Things like, to name just one, Christmas.

The reason why

Barcelona – City of Christmas Lights

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1. It is always nice to escape the dark and the cold

Look out of your window: chances are you are staring into a grey and gloomy fog. What more reasons do you need to run away? Escaping from the grim and cold reality of early winter in much of Europe and North America: this, after all, is what Christmas was invented for, giving all of us something better and brighter to

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A Japanese Garden in Duesseldorf

8000 Japanese citizens live in the German city of Düsseldorf and they built a little colony complete with a Japanese Garden in Duesseldorfproviding middle and upper management people of Japanese companies in the city with their home comforts with Japanese shops and Japanese restaurants. There is probably no other place in Europe where you find such a wide array of excellent Japanese eateries.

A Japanese Garden in Duesseldorf

See Why Wimbledon Is Not Just About Tennis

Wimbledon is possibly the most famous of all London suburbs, and if you now ask “famous for what?”, I hereby grant you permission to leave and read something else, because much in this article will be of no interest to you whatsoever. Having said that, Wimbledon is not all about lawn tennis: it features two rather splendid parks, one near-wild and the other with a landscaping tradition that goes back all the way to Capability

See Why Wimbledon Is Not Just About Tennis

Have You Seen the Roadside Shrines of Northwest Germany?

Catholicism, in theory, is the same all over the world In reality, however, its practices are as different as a village in rural Germany is from Rio de Janeiro. Catholicism is probably best thought of as an abstract concept like “art” or “music” – certain basic rules are the same, but everybody creates something distinct and different out of them, guided by even older, underlying customs and traditions.

In this process, almost every

Have You Seen the Roadside Shrines of Northwest Germany?

Scared to Meet Ghosts of the Undead of London?

Themed Walk in London Many of the city’s restless souls have chosen to reside in the tomb-like tunnels of the underground railway The most popular Themed London Walks deal with one of the following: Jack the Ripper (been there), pop music (done that), and ghosts – more of which soon.

But please don’t be impatient: you will meet them soon enough. Some of these restless spirits have been haunting the capital’s streets, pubs

Scared to Meet Ghosts of the Undead of London?