Category: Travel Writing

Mod­ern Corinth is hard­ly a daz­zling metrop­o­lis, but its har­bour is beau­ti­ful, her sparkling waters enclosed by moun­tains. And its hos­pi­tal­i­ty is leg­end. In so far as it doesn’t exist, and per­haps nev­er did. Indeed, the hotel we stayed in …

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Tramp­ing through the city we find our hos­tel, nes­tled in an alley over-run by ped­dlers and the howl­ing of dogs, crawl­ing in wick­er cages out­side a satan­ic pet store. A Byzan­tine church defies the squalor, as a gyp­sy boy sings …

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Fiesole, Fiesole, Fiesole. For as long as I live, the word will be an incan­ta­tion, pulling me from what­ev­er muck I have found myself in, kiss­ing me with sun and hill and grass, with the mem­o­ry of wine and figs, …

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My time trapped inside a crowd­ed and wet Salzburg hos­tel had tak­en its toll, and, for the first time since leav­ing home, I was spine-quiv­­er­ing­­ly ill. Which was per­fect tim­ing, real­ly, giv­en that my next des­ti­na­tion was one of the …

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Ah, Vien­na… City of Mozart, choco­late and choco­late Mozarts, I was imme­di­ate­ly seduced by this liv­ing gallery of art and music, an archi­tec­tur­al utopia in which near­ly every build­ing is a muse­um piece, par­tic­u­lar­ly, but not exclu­sive­ly, around the unfor­get­table …

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If the hype of hyper­ven­ti­lat­ing back­pack­ers is to be believed (and, let’s face it, it always is) then Europe’s hottest des­ti­na­tion is Croa­t­ia,  “the Mediter­ranean as it used to be.” So it was with great joy that my train from …

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The wis­dom goes, as wis­dom does, that if you have any pre­con­cep­tions about the Ger­mans (of the sauer­kraut, bratwurst and beer kind) then you will have them realised in Bavaria in glo­ri­ous abun­dance, and every Ger­man I had met on …

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