Go Hiking on the French Riviera Back Country

When you want to go hiking on the French Riviera, there are good reasons for preferring either the coast or the back country, the mountainous arrière pays

One possible reason for going one way or the other is undoubtedly the right psychological “match” between hiker and route.

The coast at its best is friendly and open, but can also be loud, brash and more than a little vulgar. The arriere-pays,

Go Hiking on the French Riviera Back Country

A Sporty Hike on the Hilltop Backcountry of the French Riviera

Once they were giants – Breil and the Roya River From the train, Breil-sur-Roya looks incongruously large and imposing, with its tree lined riverside avenue and two large churches in the centre of town.

Located in that part of the border country between France and Italy that is characterized by perched hilltop villages and their nervous huddles of buildings, Breil comes across not only as much bigger but also as much bolder, saying

A Sporty Hike on the Hilltop Backcountry of the French Riviera

Go Hiking Up Castellar in the French Riviera

Castellar is a vaguely picturesque medieval village just to the north of Menton on the French Riviera, and on its own (we might as well be honest about this), it is not worth the trip. Castellar’s 972 inhabitants may hate me for saying this, but such are the risks of boldly speaking truth to power. Still, there are generally quite a few visitors around, even at this time of year. So what attracts all these

Go Hiking Up Castellar in the French Riviera

Have You Seen the Roadside Shrines of Northwest Germany?

Catholicism, in theory, is the same all over the world In reality, however, its practices are as different as a village in rural Germany is from Rio de Janeiro. Catholicism is probably best thought of as an abstract concept like “art” or “music” – certain basic rules are the same, but everybody creates something distinct and different out of them, guided by even older, underlying customs and traditions.

In this process, almost every

Have You Seen the Roadside Shrines of Northwest Germany?

Top Easy Hiker Tips Through the Years

Since 2010, we’ve been sharing with you, easy hikers of the world, tips on where to find trails wherever your holidays bring you. We’ve walked and hiked trails in Paris, Barcelona, the French Riviera (among the many), and of course, in the land of hikers, Germany. Here are some of the top easy hiker tips that proved to be your favourites: 1. Menton is the prettiest town

Take a short walk through the

Top Easy Hiker Tips Through the Years

Discover Picturesque Wine Presses and More On Via Tappia

Why it may be a good idea to call on local assistance for your trips around the Ossola Valley For our final walk in the Ossola valley, we hiked a small piece of the Via dei torchi e dei mulini – the “trail of wine presses and mills”.

We started in a village called Tappia …

… which is small, sweet and has a lovely

Discover Picturesque Wine Presses and More On Via Tappia

The Sparkling Diamond of the Ossola Valley

How to brighten up a cold, wet and miserable day in the Italian Alps In the unlikely event that an extraterrestrial were to land in front of my house, driven by the need to find out what earthlings found so recreational by walking from one place to another and demanding the briefest possible explanation of this mystery from me, I would tell him to fly his UFO straight to Lake Antrona.

The Sparkling Diamond of the Ossola Valley

Be Afraid But Be Astounded by its Beauty

An expedition down the Toce river reveals that the Orridi di Uriezzo are actually quite beautiful One of the main forces that have shaped the landscape of the Ossola valleys is water.

During the last ice age, all valleys – main valley and seven side valleys – were covered by approx. 1 km of ice (the scenery would have looked very different from what it looks now, with only the

Be Afraid But Be Astounded by its Beauty

See Why You’ll Agree that Scenic Binz Means Beach

Scenic landscapes and a historical monument on the beach promenade of Rügen, Germany’s largest island It may be a truth universally acknowledged (at least across that section of the universe where English is spoken) that Binz Means Heinz. But in modern Germany, Binz means beach. It has always stood for sandy beaches and seaside fun – at least since Binz became one of the busiest and most popular holiday resorts on the country’s Baltic coast.

See Why You’ll Agree that Scenic Binz Means Beach

How and Why it was St Jean Cap Ferrat Again

The Saint Hospice promontory – hermits, shepherds and gazillionaires – is always worth a return visit It was just a question of time before such a thing would happen, and then, last week, it finally did.

She said so: It was St Jean Cap Ferrat all over again

“We have been here before.” Mrs. Easy Hiker said. “There,” she pointed to a spot in the distance just before the hiking

How and Why it was St Jean Cap Ferrat Again