The Dragon Bridge over Recklinghausen

"The Dragon Bridge in the Ruhrgebiet in Germany"

What to See in Germany The Dragon watching over Recklinghausen

We crossed this Dragon Bridge when we got to the end of our day hike on the man made mountain of Recklinghausen in the Ruhrgebiet. The bridge, as a matter of fact, was an amusing distraction to the grey industrial landscape that met us on the other side. This is also our featured

The Dragon Bridge over Recklinghausen

An Urban Idyll

"A scene in Pontoise near Paris"

It is our history as a species that determines what we find beautiful – women are attracted to strong and masculine men (because they think they can turn them into good providers for their brood), men like women with big breasts and curvy hips.

Is this an Urban Idyll?

And landscapes are beautiful if they hold out the promise of a decent life: some open land where we can hunt, a

An Urban Idyll

Castles And Palaces In Europe

Visiting Castles and Palaces in Europe

One of the pleasures of hiking, as I said recently, is the joy of discovering different types of European churches – and of learning to distinguish between the different architectural styles.

Virtually every village has at least one old church, and in many places, churches are the only old buildings around. Residential buildings in past centuries were often made of wood or straw, and all

Castles And Palaces In Europe

The Churches Of Europe

"Basilica in Escorial Monastery"

Churches – Europe is so full of them because, for centuries, they were the focal points of community life, much like football and baseball stadiums are in the modern world. If you go hiking a lot in Europe, pay attention to the architecture and see if you can you pick out the different styles of the Churches of Europe

A medieval ruin of a church in Goslar

One style you get to

The Churches Of Europe

Barcelona has a Secret

"Barcelona Pavilion by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe"

Barcelona has a Secret In the shadow of Barcelona’s Palau Nacional, near the former bullring of the Plaza Espanya, you can find one of the city’s best kept architectural secrets:

Ludwig “Less is More” Mies van der Rohe’s celebrated “Barcelona Pavilion”

The pavilion, one of the masterpieces of modernist architecture, was constructed in 1929 for the International Exhibition at Barcelona as a showpiece for the cultural ambitions of

Barcelona has a Secret

Architecture In Barcelona Is More Than Gaudi

"An over decorated facade of a building in Barcelona"

Walking in Barcelona Architecture in Barcelona One of the great joys of walking through Barcelona is discovering the great architecture that the city’s grand boulevards have to offer. Whenever you look up on one of the main streets in the city’s grid-like “new town”, you will not need laser eye surgery to be sure to see something interesting.

Barcelona’s extension from its old medieval core which started in the mid

Architecture In Barcelona Is More Than Gaudi

Menton Is The Prettiest Town In France

French Riviera Walks How about this…

… a short walk through the prettiest town in France, topped off by a visit to one of the world’s most famous gardens, with splendid views over the Mediterranean Sea throughout?

Menton, in the extreme southeastern corner of France, combines the best of France – a downtown area of tastefully proportioned apartment buildings, Deuxième Empire street statues and well-behaved

Menton Is The Prettiest Town In France

The Little Fishing Village Of St Mandrier

"Two row boats at the quay of Presqu'Ile St Mandrier"

The Fishing Village of St Mandrier

Our recent trip to the South of France was meant to revisit a possible hideaway as close to the the French Riviera as possible.

During a hike we did last year in Toulon, we discovered this fishing village of St Mandrier on a little island 10 minutes away by ferry from the harbour town of Toulon.

Leaving Toulon to go to Presqu’Ile and

The Little Fishing Village Of St Mandrier

The Weirdest Thing About Parc Guell

"Parc Guell in Barcelona reflected in a window in the park"

For once, Mrs. Easy Hiker and I are in total agreement: the most striking change that Barcelona has undergone since we last visited the city a mere twenty years ago is the rise in the number of people with an apparent interest in the works of (the architect) Antoni Gaudí.

What is the Weirdest Thing about Parc Guell?

The Sagrada Familia was certainly a tourist attraction back in

The Weirdest Thing About Parc Guell

We Took Some Dancing Lessons From God

"Street leading up to Porta Soprana in Genoa"

Kurt Vonnegut says that unusual travel suggestions are

Dancing Lessons from God

So, of course, we could not decline the offer of travelling to Genoa, even if this meant that we had to change our carefully laid out travel plans at the shortest of short notices.

The story is this: we had been planning to get some hiking done in the South of France for some

We Took Some Dancing Lessons From God