The Premier Hiking Hotel in Val Gardena

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 much

The Premier Hiking Hotel in Val Gardena

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?

Eating in Tuscany

From Antipasti to Dolci I don’t know to what extent we have become experts in Tuscan art and landscapes (there is simply too much of either to see and to experience), but our recent trip has certainly improved our expertise in one specific area: Italian food, more particularly Tuscan dishes.

We now know that Tuscan cuisine is meat-based, and that the Tuscans are not overly fussy about the type of pasta they consume,

Eating in Tuscany

The Architecture in Montecatini Terme

Columns and cupolas in search of nervous excitement Montecatini prides itself, with a certain justification, on its reputation as a “city of the arts”.

The Montecatini Contemporary Art Museum is well stocked and the proud owner of a large-scale work by Joan Mirò, and for as long as anybody can remember, artists have always loved the resort: Verdi and all the other greats of the Italian opera came here frequently (sometimes to perform

The Architecture in Montecatini Terme

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

Mala Beach in New Footwear

A coastal walk that produced a few stressful moments – and a stress-free shopping experience This is the story of two firsts.

The first “first” first: never before had we organized a Monaco to Mala Beach hike for a group that was larger than our own little family. But this time, the invitation to take part in the 5 km walk from Monaco to Mala Beach had been extended to all members from

Mala Beach in New Footwear

The Discreet Charm of Train Stations

When airports all look the same, why are train stations so different? If you do a lot of hiking, there are certain things of which you will see a lot. In fact, it is possible to understand most, if not all hikes as a collation of recurring visual leitmotifs: rivers, mountains, valleys, highlighted by the occasional church steeple or castle ruin. Plus some wildlife, if you are lucky, although more likely horses and cows. And

The Discreet Charm of Train Stations

The Ugly Face of Italian Fascist Architecture

The Foro Italico in the north of Rome manages to combine the ludicrous with the appalling It is found in the north of Rome and is, in a way, the most incredible thing I have ever seen. Imagine a monument constructed by the Nazis for the glorification of Adolf Hitler and his achievements that for some reason survived WWII – only to be integrated, a few years after, into the building complex of a prestigious

The Ugly Face of Italian Fascist Architecture

The Beauties of Fascist Architecture in Rome

A walk through the EUR district demonstrates that bad governments can have amazingly good taste. Rome is one of the few cities in the world that have never been entirely redone – unlike Paris and London, for example, both very old cities, too (although not quite as old as Rome) which today consist largely of 19th century townscapes with some older and some newer buildings thrown in.

Rome, conversely, is much more of

The Beauties of Fascist Architecture in Rome

Product Review: Hiking Pants or Fanny Pack?

Product Review: What’s Best for a Day Hike? Where to put all the stuff you need for a short outdoor trip? We put two popular alternatives to the test.

What size bag or pack to bring is one of hiking’s perennial problems. This is particularly true for day-hiking trips because even a day-backpack is often too big to store just the water bottle, the sandwiches and the camera.

Two alternative solutions

Product Review: Hiking Pants or Fanny Pack?