A Great Escape Around Vibrant Villefranche Harbour

Over the years, this blog has featured many different kinds of walks for different occasions: exhausting hikes as well as gentle strolls, explorations of the wild and urban walks with a cultural theme, walks for summer and walks for winter, walks that you can spread over several days and walks that you can squeeze in between a boozy lunch and your afternoon tea. Today’s walk falls into yet another type of category: an escape walk.

A Great Escape Around Vibrant Villefranche Harbour

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#LovePAROS Three Easy Pieces for Hikers on Paros

Yes, you guessed it : We are in Greece!

On the beautiful island of Paros, to be precise, the pearl of the Aegean Sea. And just to prove to you that we are not simply taking it easy – although the temptation to just have a good time and let writing duties go hang may sometimes be hard to resist …

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The Final Act for the Irish Bard

Urban Walks in the South of France Walk to the villa on the French Riviera where W B Yeats died In general, I don’t believe in the theory that you can acquire an understanding of literature through a process of natural osmosis in the places where it was once written – in other words that you can replace, for example, the effects of reading or watching Shakespeare’s plays by bumping your head on low-hanging Elizabethan

The Final Act for the Irish Bard

Walks near Paris: Riverside Nostalgia

Walks near Paris An Evocative Riverside Walk The Marne for the Parisians is a mythical river, evoking lazy Sunday afternoons, boat trips, riverbank parties and men in jaunty hats straight out of a painting by Renoir. But above all, the Marne evokes the presence of the legendary guinguettes, small drinking places that serve local white wine with all-day accordeon music around a semi-improvised dance floor.

Auguste Renoir – Luncheon of the Boating PartyPhoto: Wikipedia

Walks near Paris: Riverside Nostalgia

A Vertical Hike in Utrecht

Walks in the Netherlands

And now, for something completely different.

A Vertical Hike in Utrecht Part three in our short series of “Walks in the Netherlands” provides a stark contrast both to the forested lake and windmills of Kralingen and to our delightful urban promenade along the canals of Utrecht. In the first two walks, you have seen an exemplary Dutch landscape and an exemplary Dutch townscape. Today’s walk offers neither. In fact, the view

A Vertical Hike in Utrecht