Travel Outtakes 2015 – Pictures That Didn’t Make the Grade

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Pictures from our trips that failed to make the cut the first time around This is one of the strangest facts about travelling: we travel to experience something different, and then we complain if things are not the way we know them to be at home. That they are … well, different. Different, that is, in all the wrong ways.

So we travel and are shocked to find out that Italians do not

Travel Outtakes 2015 – Pictures That Didn’t Make the Grade

Brain Fodder and Eye Candy from 2015 in These Pieces

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Christmas time is the time of ancient family rituals. Easy Hiker is not a family, of course, nor is it old enough to have ancient traditions – but I have provided you before (ghosts of Christmases past!) with a brief look into articles about hiking and more generally about travelling that I had found over the year, so I might as well do it again. I could have opened this post by saying that Christmas

Brain Fodder and Eye Candy from 2015 in These Pieces

Spotlight on Stralsund as Gateway to Ruegen and Usedom

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The German city of Stralsund is the gateway to Ruegen and Usedom in the Baltic Sea… …. and before you set out for a hiking trip on either of these two fascinating islands, you should take the time to explore what is in many ways the most interesting of the great German Baltic sea ports. Spotlight on Stralsund

We used Stralsund as a base for our stay in the area, and here are

Spotlight on Stralsund as Gateway to Ruegen and Usedom

See Why It Can Be Monumental at Mougins

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

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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

What We Hid From You the First Time Around

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A Pictorial Journey through 2014 Our outtakes of the year

Now is the season for all of us to make resolutions for the next year, and this is ours: to provide you with even better, more truthful and more accurate reports from our travels.

This, of course, implies a confession of sorts, and we must come clean: yes, we did not always show you everything there was to see about the

What We Hid From You the First Time Around

A Holiday Reading List of Great Travel Writing

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Aristotle, Train Stations and the Romance of Travel Christmas may not be the best time of the year for hiking, but it is surely perfect for reading about it: so much time on your hands, so few incentives to step out your front door (with either the rain pouring down in buckets or the temperature below freezing) and nothing on TV but the usual repeats (“Ghosts of Christmases Past”). Here then is a small selection

A Holiday Reading List of Great Travel Writing

Ultimate List of the Essential Tools for Winter Hiking

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Guest Post by Chris Beattie For survival on a wintry hike, even for one day, you need the right tools. No self-respecting hiker would set off into the wilderness ill-equipped because nature and the weather tend to be highly unpredictable. Here are some of the key items you’ll need, and some you’ll just want for happy trails this winter.

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1. Resilient footwear

As if tramping for miles

Ultimate List of the Essential Tools for Winter Hiking

Death is an Italian Opera …

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… at Milan’s Cimitero Monumentale

But there are cracks in the bombast, and you can feel how a very modern sense of discomfort is creeping in.

For centuries, death operated a strict two-tier system: cathedral tombs it was for crowned heads and high clergy, the local churchyard for everybody else. (Unless you were a certified saint, in which case your bones were distributed piecemeal across Europe, more precious than

Death is an Italian Opera …

The Premier Hiking Hotel in Val Gardena

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Hotel Adler Dolomiti specializes on guided hiking tours in the Italian Alps

Hiking, skiing and “wellness” make easy and obvious bedfellows for tourist resorts and hotels in the mountains: skiing in winter, hiking in summer and there are spa-type activities, sports and swimming pools any time of the year, to help people rest and recover between more active pastimes.

Easy and obvious it may be now, but this was

The Premier Hiking Hotel in Val Gardena

Who Invented Currywurst?

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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,

Who Invented Currywurst?