What are the Rip van Winkle Villages of the Italian Riviera?

From Imperia to Bordighera, there is a stretch of Italian Riviera villages that have become unstuck in time

All the small coastal towns between San Lorenzo al Mare and Santo Stefano look as though they had retreated into a time capsule, a little like the New England hamlet in M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village”, with the main difference that the year written on the capsule is not 1870 but some date in

What are the Rip van Winkle Villages of the Italian Riviera?

The Discreet Charm of Train Stations

When airports all look the same, why are train stations so different? If you do a lot of hiking, there are certain things of which you will see a lot. In fact, it is possible to understand most, if not all hikes as a collation of recurring visual leitmotifs: rivers, mountains, valleys, highlighted by the occasional church steeple or castle ruin. Plus some wildlife, if you are lucky, although more likely horses and cows. And

The Discreet Charm of Train Stations

Have You Ever Been to a Hiking Train Station?

Easy Hikes in Germany Getting Off at the Hiking Train Station

The train station in the West German town of Iserlohn is officially labelled a Wanderbahnhof, a “hiking train station”. When I came across that term for the first time, I was as clueless as you are now.

It turns out that once a year, in a drive to get holiday makers off the roads, public bodies all over Germany

Have You Ever Been to a Hiking Train Station?