Easy Hiker has been Identifying the easy hiking trails in your holiday destinations, to help you discover the small outdoors wherever you are. The blog features a variety of easy hikes and urban walks that the authors have chosen and done themselves for you to try and enjoy.
Hollywood and Monaco: at first glance, this appears to be a match made in heaven. There are probably no two places on earth that share the same combination of glamour and money – or the same type of cheerful, unapologetic vulgarity.
Upon further review, however, you will realize how rarely this seemingly perfect match has been, well, consummated. In fact, a surprisingly small number of Hollywood films, given
What is it that gives the French Riviera its unique flavour? It cannot be the mix of sunshine and spectacular landscapes, because many other places in the world have that, too. It cannot be a richness of history and culture, because there is – frankly – little of either. No: the one ingredient that gives the Riviera its unmistakable character is money. And there is loads of it, in different varieties: old money, new money,
One day late in the 19th century, Empress Elisabeth of Austria – on a visit to the Riviera di Levante – decided to go out for a walk. Elisabeth, the semi-estranged wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, was famous for her eccentricities and, among other things, an avid walker.
That afternoon, she took a ride in her personal coach and, having arrived at her destination, told the driver to wait
Last week, we told you about hikes – easy ones and not so easy ones – in the rugged Regional Nature Reserve between Camogli and Portofino.
Today, we will stay in the Riviera di Levante (the coast east of Genoa), but for a much more civilized contrast programme. You can bring your lazy old dog, small children, even wheel out granny, because we are not intending to break sweat while enjoying
It actually pains me to write it down, being a “local patriot” who considers the Italian Riviera west of Genoa as his playground and friendly neighbour. But here it goes: in the highlight reel of the Italian Riviera, the East End has all the good bits.
A trip to the east of Genoa feels very much like a theme park ride (Disneyworld’s take on coastal Italy), with ocker-and-terracotta-coloured sceneries tumbling down
It was Mrs. Easy Hiker who drew my attention to the site. I wonder what these ruins are, she mused: not once, not twice, but repeatedly, and in the end – when that had failed to stir me into action or at least a bout of in-depth research – almost every time we passed the site in the train during our weekly shopping trips to Ventimiglia. That’s when I realized: I had no
If you have ever visited the Italian Riviera, one of the things you will fondly remember is the train that connects the various small resort towns along the coast. This train is not one of those fancy high-speed bullet numbers that dash through the countryside. Instead, it takes its time – this is Italy, after all, where all the good things in life demand that you take the time to enjoy them.
Before you travel to a place – any place – for the first time, you should always try to wipe the slate of your memory clean of everything you have ever heard or read about it. Otherwise, why come at all? You can save yourself the money and effort of actually going there by just reading a guide book or by watching a YouTube documentary. Travelling with an open mind, however, is easier
If you travel to the extreme southwest of France in bleak midwinter, the Pyrenees – whose distant peaks are distinctly visible throughout much of the region – provide something like a permanent tease: shrouded in clouds and covered with snow, they are clearly not sending out any “come-and-get-me“ signals, but at the same time they hover disdainfully over all your outdoor activities, challenging you to react to their majestic presence in one way
The Canal du Midi is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering in the history of the world. Its construction stretched the 17th century’s technological knowledge and ingenuity to its very limits, much as the Channel Tunnel project would 300 years later.
For nearly 2000 years, people had been dreaming of a navigable waterway to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea. But where previous rulers – from