Christmas Presents for Hikers

Better Late than Never: My Choice Christmas Presents for Hikers This Christmas may already have come and gone, but it is never too late to receive presents, is it? Which is why today’s post is filled with little gifts from the international travel press that may have been overlooked in the hustle-and-bustle of our busy everyday lives when they were first published, but are certainly worth a second look – particularly at this time of

Christmas Presents for Hikers

A Wally Christmas to All!

Our Dulcet Christmas Wishes to You, Our Readers! Why do we all love the Internet so much? Because it allows us to answer back! “Two-way communication” is, I believe, the technical term for this. Writers no longer talk to but with their readers, leading to proper and real conversations all over cyberspace. Isn’t that wonderful?

Some of you, however, have sent me little messages in the form of comments on our posts over

A Wally Christmas to All!

Hanging Trains and Modern Dance

Things to See and Do in Germany: The Hanging Trains of Wuppertal I don’t know about you, but whenever I visit a country – or a specific region of a country – for the first time, I don’t really feel I have been there at all until I pay a visit to the country’s (or region’s) largest town.

So when we went hiking to the Bergisches Land recently, going to Wuppertal was as

Hanging Trains and Modern Dance

Mallorca Beyond the Beaches

Hiking in Spain Mallorca Beyond the Beaches If you want to explore the “real Mallorca”, the Mallorca beyond the beaches teeming with tourists in holiday resorts, your best bet for a base may be a hotel right on the seaside. This may sound contradictory and counter-intuitive, so let me explain.

Firstly, you must take into account that the interior of the island – where you find the mountains and most of the interesting

Mallorca Beyond the Beaches

The Ronald McDonald Gehry House of Oeynhausen

Things to See in Germany Stumbling Upon the Ronald McDonald Gehry House of Oeynhausen

Bad Oeynhausen has many things for easy hikers to enjoy – a river, a canal and lakes for a waterside walk, a forest with a deer enclosure and a park that is stuffed with classicist monuments.

And what’s more, to complement and contrast all those magnificent spa town temples and palaces, their arcades and Doric columns, the townscape even features a

The Ronald McDonald Gehry House of Oeynhausen

Hiking Reads for Summer

Hiking Reads Summer has – finally! – arrived in Europe, and not a moment too soon, just in time for the peak of the holiday season.

For hikers, however, temperatures above 30° centigrade (that’s the high 80s and 90s for you) are a mixed blessing. For some trails, perhaps even for all trails, this is just too hot! So, let’s be lazy for a few days – after all, everybody needs a break.

Hiking Reads for Summer

Going Dutch: Biking or Hiking?

Holidays in the Netherlands Biking or Hiking At the end of our visit to the Netherlands, I finally had to concede defeat. We were leaving the country in the sad realization that the Dutch will never take to hiking in a major way. Never will hiking be the preferred choice of the Dutch for moving about their cities or their countryside: for the simple reason that the big beast which hiking would – to use

Going Dutch: Biking or Hiking?

A Hiking Guide Book Review

"Easy Hiker reviewing a hiking guide book"

A Hiking Guide Book: “26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d’Azur”

Available on Amazon.co.uk

I have come across many a hiking guide book in my time, good ones and bad ones in sufficient numbers that I feel qualified not only to tell the difference but also to identify the criteria on which an assessment like this may be based. My personal list of “dos and don’ts” runs like this:

Good hiking

A Hiking Guide Book Review

What’s New, Pussycat?

"one of the hiking kittens in Antibes"

Rebirth is in the air: early April* is the time of year when trees are blossoming, birds are looking for mates and bloggers are rethinking their blogging strategies.

This is what my own strategic rethinking process produced.

There are many ways in which blogs are unlike political parties, but there are also some points they have in common. Take the Republican party (or the British Tories), for example: they would no longer be

What’s New, Pussycat?

French Gardens

"typical of french gardens this one in bourges"

Unsmiling French Gardens

Foreigners in France – and that includes expats – display a surprisingly wide range of opinions about their host country. For every Francophobe who detests everything the country stands for, there is a Francophile for whom France can do no wrong, and there are, of course, hundreds of different shades of opinion in between.

There is only one subject on which all of these people can agree,

French Gardens