Walking The Devil’s Valley

Dante found inspiration in this foul-smelling, sulphur-coloured, steaming landscape for his “Hell” in the Divine Comedy. I find it more extraterrestrial in appearance, as if Mars and the Moon had a lovechild. The lunar-like surface is full of fumaroles from which steam is hissing or water is boiling. Le Biancane Nature Park is a unique geological…

San Gimignano – Medieval Manhattan

Already when you gaze the first fleeting glimpses of San Gimignano, as your car curves its way around the Tuscan hills, you realise that this city is different from the other picturesque villages of the region. Over a dozen tall towers stand sentinel in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just imagine what it would have…

Unusual Venice

By Lorna Real-Del Rosario, Joey’s Lorna Writes Again Venice (Venezia in Italian) is a major tourist destination in Italy and perhaps tops the list as one of the most charming cities in the world. It lies in northern Italy’s Veneto region alongside with other provinces: Verona, Padua, Vicenza and Treviso. The city draws millions and millions…

Oyster Trophy Week

I readily admit it: I didn’t know what Oyster Trophy Week was until an hour ago, and this is happening right under my nose, in my own country, let alone in my own region. Well, if you don’t know what it is either, lets get enlightened together! Oyster Trophy Week is held in week 42,…

The Witches of Zugarramurdi

By Georgina Howard, Pyrenean Experience Zugarramurdi is a rustic Basque village, snuggling in the foothills of the western Pyrenees. While the name Zugarramurdi is quite innocent and means “hill of elm trees”, the village is nowaday far better known for its caves and witches than for its hills and elms, because this is the site of the most brutal…

A Getaway In Brighton

When most people picture England and the UK, they’re not usually thinking of coastal cities. Rather, the images that come to mind are of old and wonderful towns perched on rivers, or else set at the edges of sprawling, picturesque countryside. But particularly in the south of England, there are actually some brilliant coastal getaways…

Among Angels and Demons in Rome

Following in the footsteps of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown’s bestseller Angels & Demons takes you past some of the most beautiful sites in the Eternal City and lets you breathe the air of intrigue, mystery and revelation. While enjoying a leisurely stroll through Rome’s picturesque cobblestone alleyways, you’ll walk past some of the most beautiful…

The Concealed Castle

By Dennis Rettke, Traveling Donkeys For our road trip through Europe, there was no doubt in our mind that we wanted to drive as to fully immerse ourselves in our European encounter, and it didn’t take long before we drove the car away from the highway and into adventure. It was a sunny day and…

Corridoio Vasariano – The secret corridor in Florence

As the sun rises on Florence, the riverside houses, clutched up against each other facing the River Arno, become shades of the rising sun. Turned yellow as if jealous, they look upon the opposite houses and at the bridge between them. The bridge, equipped with its own houses, hovering over the river as it has…

In Bruges

Bruges – or Brügge in the local tongue – is just a skip and hop away from England on the other side of the English Channel and lies just an hour’s drive north of Bruxelles. We visited this picturesque medieval town late march and were rewarded with a sentimental air to the settings. The damp cobblestone…