Hiking Trail Markers

"hiking trail marker painted on grass"

Hiking Trail Markers Big and … Huh? A hiking trail is only as good as its markers. What are good hiking trail markers? They should be conspicuous and clearly visible! That, really, is the first and perhaps the only imperative. What task could be simpler to resolve than that?

Well, you’ll be surprised, because the number and variety of different approaches to trail marking is actually quite stunning.

Hiking Trail Markers

The Tiles of Seville

"colourful tiles of Seville"

Remember when we were smitten by Seville? Alongside the tapas, this is one of the reasons why.

The Tale of the Tiles of Seville

Seville – the city of Carmen (flamenco, bullfights and the original cigar factory), of the baroque splendour from Figaro’s Wedding, but also the city of Don Giovanni (aka Don Juan), once a city irresistible to soldiers of fortune who came to find adventure because Seville had become

The Tiles of Seville

A Walk in Cold Drizzly Romantic Paris

"Les Invalides in Paris in wintry haze"

Walking in Paris

Unable to plan a day hike recently, the Easy Hikers decided instead to take a short walk in a cold drizzly romantic Paris, following the “trail” most couples would do along the Avenue des Champs–Élysées leading up to the Concorde and the Jardins des Tuileries.

Cold Drizzly Romantic Paris

The grey wintry haze fails to hide the charm of the golden domed Invalides

Planning

A Walk in Cold Drizzly Romantic Paris

A Different Christmas Market

"mini nativity sets in Feria del Belen in Sevilla"

A Totally Different Christmas Market What would Christmas be without Christmas markets? These fairs with their arts and crafts stalls, handmade candles, sticky candies and mulled wine have become such an integral part of the Western Christmas experience that we tend to forget how pagan they actually are – as pagan as, well, a Christmas tree.

We forget, that is, until we run into something that is different and exotic enough to make

A Different Christmas Market

Promote Better Child Protection in Tourism

Help Promote Better Child Protection Something about Third World Travel

The arguments for and against traveling to 3rd world countries are very similar to the ones for and against buying clothes from Bangla Desh. No, say some: to do so inevitably means supporting unsustainable and at times downright inhuman practices. But, say the others, if you stop giving your business to these people you take away one of the few opportunities they have

Promote Better Child Protection in Tourism

Once a Fishing Village

woman contemplating the sea framed by an arch"

Coastal Hikes in Spain A Fishing Village along the Cami de Ronda

Cannes, Portofino, Benidorm – nearly all of the famous Mediterranean beach resorts, whether classy or downmarket, were once humble fishing villages.

In some parts of the Mediterranean, there is nothing that could remind the visitor of this tradition – in others, there may still be people standing on the quayside every morning selling fish, but the whole scene feels

Once a Fishing Village

Joy of Walking

"La Defense of Paris seen from an easy hiking trail"

Always choose the joy of walking

 

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Joy of Walking

Crossing Borders

Here is something for your bucket list: Crossing Borders on Foot

We are crossing borders all the time, more than any generation before us, but choose to do so in the most uncivilized way possible – most of the time above the clouds on our way from one identikit airport to the next.

Trains and cars are little better. Often, we only notice that we are in a different country

Crossing Borders

I’ll Do My Walking in the Rain (Not)

What is the worst enemy of a hiker?

Not the cold: you can quite easily defeat the cold by wearing an extra layer of clothing – and by pulling your thickest sweater on top. It’s not the heat, either – there is an old and trusted weapon against hot weather, called “taking it easy”. It’s not even short winter days: you can leave early. And neither is it the snow – I have

I’ll Do My Walking in the Rain (Not)

To Market to Market in Seville

"Whole roasted pig on a spit"

To Market in Seville Tell me how you shop and I tell you who you are. If you come from a country north of the Great Cultural Shopping Divide (i.e. a country where most shopping is done in supermarkets), you have probably felt the urge to experience a “native” street market on a visit to a Latin country.

For some, this can become an obsession. I have met Americans who had come to

To Market to Market in Seville