Take the Challenge of the Coastal Culture Trail

For many years, traditional seaside resorts have been in a state of crisis, but there are signs that they are springing back into recovery. There is life in the old dog yet.

The glory days of old-style seaside resorts – in Italy and France but particularly in the UK – was a time when nearly everybody, kids in tow, went on a family vacation for two or three weeks

Take the Challenge of the Coastal Culture Trail

The Age of Innocence Remains in an Idyllic Garden

When we drew your attention to some of the most beautiful “Gardens of the Riviera” a few weeks ago, we failed to mention any garden to the west of Grasse. Not because there were no gardens in this part of the world but only for the reason that we had never visited any.

Now, however, that we have strayed sufficiently far away from our base in the French-Italian borderlands of the Riviera, we

The Age of Innocence Remains in an Idyllic Garden

When in Hyeres Go Hiking or Biking in Porquerolles

Porquerolles – the largest of the three Iles d’Hyères just off the coast in southern France – is what the Mediterranean would look like if it had never been touched by modern civilization.

It says a lot, I think, that this highlights not so much what Porquerolles has been missing out on but much rather the blight that affects the rest of the Mediterranean.

Now don’t get

When in Hyeres Go Hiking or Biking in Porquerolles

Don’t Cry for Me Hiking the Steep Bordighera Hills

As far as most tourists are concerned, the Riviera mainly consists of mountains and beaches. But that does not mean that mountains and beaches are all there is.

In many places, admittedly, the transition from one to the other is rather sudden and immediate.

On the French side of the Riviera (in particular), the mountains can descend fairly steeply into the sea, so one minute on your trip you may hear

Don’t Cry for Me Hiking the Steep Bordighera Hills

Take this Easy Hike to See the Best of Capri

The island of Capri – just off the Italian coast near the southern city of Naples – is a truly dazzling spectacle.

You could be forgiven for thinking that a theme park operator had carefully assembled all the familiar Mediterranean motives – azure skies and the turquoise sea, rocks, trees, hills, a marina, caves – to create a fanciful paradise landscape.

On our travels, we have seen many parts

Take this Easy Hike to See the Best of Capri

Take This Neat Little Hiking Package to Cap Nice

We continue with our tips on how to get most out of your short trip to Nice

In contrast to the mountainside, the Riviera’s other great area of wilderness, the Mediterranean Sea, does not require its prospective visitors to embark on a long and protracted journey: it is always there, at most a few hundred metres from where you are. Well, that is the theory.

In practice, however, what you find

Take This Neat Little Hiking Package to Cap Nice

Some Tips on How to Get the Most Out of Your Short Trip to Nice

Holidays would be different if we had unlimited amounts of time for them, but we do not. So they are what they are, which largely means: always too short.

As a rule of thumb, the more affluent people are, the more often they will go on a vacation, but – since the time available for holidays has not increased – they will spend less and less time at any of their destinations. Time

Some Tips on How to Get the Most Out of Your Short Trip to Nice

How Graffiti is Celebrated in City of Arts Dozza

I don’t know about you, but whenever we come across a town that has been labeled a City of the Arts, I get a queasy feeling in my stomach. From experience I know that all too often, this means grim medieval palazzi and stuffy churches that have been packed with dark, baffling and impenetrable paintings of minor biblical anecdotes or scenes from the life of the local saint.

The art historian and TV

How Graffiti is Celebrated in City of Arts Dozza

Our Second Set of Walks in Emilia-Romagna

Today, we will start our second set of walks in Emilia-Romagna. In contrast to the first group of hikes that we posted a few weeks ago – which were full day trips – the shorter walks from this second group require less of a commitment and take a much smaller chunk out of your holiday schedule. The principal objectives, however, remain the same: our walks in Emilia-Romagna are meant to provide some diversion, to drag

Our Second Set of Walks in Emilia-Romagna

We Took a Wondrous Easy Hike in Noli Italy

Hiking in Italy, like so much else in this sweet and lovely country, is by turns an exasperating and wonderful experience.

Whether you are getting one or the other is largely determined by the kind of people who are in charge of the town or municipal district you are visiting.

Some towns could clearly not care less about hiking, to the extent where one can almost physically feel the

We Took a Wondrous Easy Hike in Noli Italy