Europe by Rail – An Indispensable Train Travel Companion

Book Review

Today’s post is about more reading matter, not for quiet contemplation (in contrast to last week’s Christmas reading list) but focusing instead on a single book for your active planning. If you are looking forward to travelling through Europe in 2018, intending to rely on public transport for any part of your journey, this book is for you.

An Indispensable Train Travel Companion

Europe by Rail, now in

Europe by Rail – An Indispensable Train Travel Companion

Sniff Your Way to the Garden of Scents

What Made Grasse Famous Has Made a Smell-O-Rama Convert Out Of Me Few people have ever regretted that Hollywood failed to further evolve its 1950s format of Smell-O-Rama which allowed the movie houses to pipe in scents for the purpose of highlighting the cinematic narrative.

Full disclosure: I have always been one of those Smell-O-Rama skeptics – until last weekend, that is, when we visited the garden of scents, the Musée Internationale de

Sniff Your Way to the Garden of Scents

Five Reasons Why Rivers Make Great Travel Companions

What constitutes a “beautiful landscape”? Opinions on this may vary, but most people will agree that a beautiful landscape must contain some …. 1. Body of water

For the simple reason that we are programmed to find beautiful what is good for us, and water happens to be the number 1 condition for an environment that can sustain human life. If you don’t believe me: check any book on art

Five Reasons Why Rivers Make Great Travel Companions

Hiking and Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua

Volcano Boarding in Cerro Negro Guest post by Claudia Tavani * I had never seen a volcano before until I travelled to Central America for the first time. Yes, there are many in southern Italy – but none in Sardinia, where I live.

As you could imagine, I was really excited to find myself in Nicaragua, internationally known as “the land of lakes and volcanoes”. Indeed, there are 19 volcanoes in Nicaragua, most

Hiking and Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua

Drake’s Country: The Smiling Face of the Moors

Dartmoor National Park may be famous for its high security prison and the Hound of the Baskervilles, but it also has its gardenlike features And now, as they say, for something completely different.

After the South West Coast Path with its perfect blend of the majestic and the bucolic, Dartmoor National Park provides a sharp and fascinating contrast.

It’s only a brief journey from the

Drake’s Country: The Smiling Face of the Moors

Plymouth Waterfront Walkway: 1620 and All That

The “odd stage out” on the South West Coast Path Today, we shall make one last visit to the South West Coast Path, albeit one with a difference. On this stretch of the trail, you will (probably) meet more people than on all of the other stages together and (certainly) see more concrete, too, but what this part of the path may lack in scenic beauty – although there is some – it more

Plymouth Waterfront Walkway: 1620 and All That

South West Coast Path Thurlestone to Bantham

From the sublime to the ridiculously picturesque is but a few steps on Devon’s premier hiking trail Coastal walks come in one of two varieties: there are the idyllic ones, featuring gardenlike landscapes full of picturesque little villages. The Italian and French Riviera is full of such calm and civilized walks. This is nature on a human scale: truly the small outdoors.

But there are also coastal trails that are

South West Coast Path Thurlestone to Bantham

Get a Taste of Provence in the French Riviera

Walks in the South of France On a country walk from St Paul-de-Vence to Vence, you can experience three different flavours of the fabled French “South” One of the French things that foreigners often struggle with is the fine distinction between the different regions in “the South”, a large area sometimes misunderstood as a single cultural unit where old men play boule between the ruins of Roman temples and lavender fields that were once painted

Get a Taste of Provence in the French Riviera

A Perfect Winter Walk in the Italian Riviera

Happy Italian families, sunshine and local delicacies combine for a perfect winter walk on the Mediterranean Winter walks very much have their own logic: a successful outdoor experience between December and February requires more careful thinking than a journey at any time of the year, even in the relatively mild and balmy climate of the French and Italian Riviera.

Many of the proper trails – as opposed to asphalted footpaths

A Perfect Winter Walk in the Italian Riviera

Stairways of Valletta

#MaltaisMore by Mrs Easy Hiker Perhaps it is because we are under the charms of Liguria (the nearest Italian region neighbouring Menton where we now reside) and lived along the stairways of Montmartre for more than 20 years, that the sight of the stairways of Valletta gave us a tug of familiarity.

There is definitely an Italianate feel to Malta’s capital city. Its narrow cobblestoned alleyways certainly remind us of many found in

Stairways of Valletta