Hiking Holidays: What do you prefer: the glamour of the lowlands or the solitude of the mountains? When does the hiking season start ? Obviously, this depends very much on where you are. In some parts of Germany, they turn this into an “official” event with speeches, oompah bands and Bratwursts, and the date for this celebration is usually some time in late April. So the easiest answer is: the hiking season starts when winter is well and truly over.
In our part of the world, winter has been cancelled this year – or, more precisely, cut down to a single rainy week in January.
Still, hiking in December, even around the northern Mediterranean littoral, is not a great idea: it may be sunny all right, and quite mild, too, but days are short, which means that for a daytrip, once you have taken into account the time
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… no more, but still a “hiking hub” – and well worth a visit in its own right Just before the hiking season gets underway in our part of the world, here is some unfinished business from last year, something I have been wanting to tell you for some time but never got around to writing about because there was always something more timely and urgent on the list of half-finished posts. So here it is: if you ever go hiking on any of the trails in western Germany – the Rothaarsteig, the Hermannshöhen or the various routes of the Ruhr area – be sure to make the short detour to the town of Soest. You will not regret it.
I don’t know if you have heard of Dunwich on the east Suffolk coast, what is now little more than a hamlet of less
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French Riviera Winter Walks: Tracing the footsteps of an adventurous friar, the ancient Romans and Queen Victoria Today’s post is some sort of a post-scriptum to our brief series of seasonal promenades along the Cote d’Azur: a walk that we discovered only recently, in the week since we published the third and, as you can see, the not-quite-last of our “Riviera winter walks”, and one that can serve very well as an alternative to last week’s “chateau walk” in Nice, being equally located in the region’s administrative and cultural centre.
Cimiez – the modern version of it – can be best described as a northern part of Nice, but it has not always been that way. In fact, Cimiez – when it was still called Cemenelum – was once a town in its own right and, as the provincial capital of the Roman Empire,
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Guest Post: Written by Agata Mleczko, founder and editor of the Null&Full travel blog focused on off-the-beaten-track destinations. She currently lives in Poland, but had lived in Italy for more than 6 years and has traveled to more than 20 countries. She recently visited New Zealand for the first time and became fascinated with this island. She enjoys reading travel books, jogging, trekking and cooking. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook. In Christchurch After the Earthquake Some people might consider Christchurch the least interesting place on earth: due to the devastating earthquake which hit this city three years ago, almost 80% of buildings in the centre collapsed or were demolished. Others would be eager to visit this natural disaster playground (‘disaster tourists’ are everywhere). But for me this was a deep and very personal journey to deal with one of my worst fears: I am an earthquake survivor.
I have no doubts:
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French Riviera Winter Walks: Nice is the French Riviera’s largest town – and also has the largest parks Everybody who travels to the French Riviera will get to Nice sooner or later.
This is not always something that happens by design. Many people only come here to catch a connecting train or a plane, finding themselves with half a day or more to kill. So what is there to do?
The Old Town of Nice, the largest, most lively and most interesting in the region, is certainly worth a visit, and so is the Promenade des Anglais, the Champs Elysees of the Cote d’Azur. (Conversely, the Avenue Jacques Medecin, the town’s largest shopping street, offers little more than the same set of mid-market chain stores with which you will be depressingly familiar from your own hometown.)
But let me suggest an alternative way of
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