French Riviera Walks From Monaco to a celebrated coastal spot The stroll from Monaco to the near-by Mala Beach in Cap d’Ail is the classic family beach walk on the Riviera.
It may not be as rugged and spectacular as some of the others trails in the area – there is no jumping from rock to rock here: the beach path is asphalted throughout. But what it lacks in drama, it makes up through its easy access and tranquility.
In fact, the Mala Walk is the perfect promenade for groups that feature small children and old folks: we even came across some couples with prams. With a length of roughly 5 km, it is also not particularly taxing. And since the walk starts in Monaco, it can be easily integrated into a “great day out”.
So while in the morning, it’s
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French Riviera Walks A Foretaste of the Alps in Menton Today, we will begin a short series of winter walks on the French Riviera. There will be one walk each for the three main towns in the coastland’s eastern section: Nice, Monaco and Menton.
These French Riviera winter walks resemble each other inasmuch as they are family-friendly (i.e easy to manage for people of all ages), short and logistically undemanding, which means: easy to fit in at short notice – in the afternoon, for example, when the sun peeks out, specifically when you already are in town to do some shopping, some sightseeing or because this is where your hotel / holiday flat is located. Backpacks and water bottles are definitely not required (at least not in winter).
Although for today’s walk, you may want to bring your rosary.
Because Menton’s Chemin des
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Roman Architecture The Foro Italico in the north of Rome manages to combine the ludicrous with the appalling The Foro Italico in the north of Rome is, in a way, the most incredible thing I have ever seen. Imagine a monument constructed by the Nazis for the glorification of Adolf Hitler and his achievements that for some reason survived WWII – only to be integrated, a few years after, into the building complex of a prestigious global event that Germany had the honour of hosting, say: the Olympic Games.
Unthinkable, surely. But such a monument exists – with the only difference that you have to replace Hitler’s name with that of Mussolini. And Germany, of course, with Italy.
Therein , you might say, lies the rub. Nobody has ever managed to remain angry with the Italians for long.
I knew the
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Roman Architecture A walk through the EUR district demonstrates that bad governments can have amazingly good taste Rome is one of the few cities in the world that have never been entirely redone – unlike Paris and London, for example, both very old cities, too (although not quite as old as Rome) which today consist largely of 19th century townscapes with some older and some newer buildings thrown in.
Rome, conversely, is much more of a patchwork job: here, nobody has ever had the energy to pull everything down and start anew, and much of the city looks like a blackboard from which previous writing was not completely wiped out before new writing was added. Consequently, there is a bit of everything around: antique ruins, medieval churches, Renaissance palazzi, Baroque statues – and some more recent stuff, too.
Including stuff that you rarely find anywhere else
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Walking London Parks Hampstead Heath: bigger, wilder, gayer than the rest – and it’s got a major Rembrandt, too
One of the many things for which London is rightfully famous is its large number of parks such as Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, all shading into one another at times but nevertheless preserving their own unique character – even though it may take more than a single visit to identify and appreciate the differences between them as they are in fact rather subtle.
It is immediately obvious, however , which one is the “odd one out” among London’s large green spaces: that would be the one in Hampstead, of course, bigger, wilder, less centrally located than the others and distinguished by a name – not a park or garden, but a “Heath” – that does not call to mind suburban families on a
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