The Grand Fountain.
It’s always nice when Fairfax media publishes my work in the ‘Traveller’ section of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age. It means I can then release the full story on this blog…
The artists came to Saint-Paul-de-Vence because it was beautiful, quiet and cheap. The dealers moved in to hang out with the artists and buy their work. Their galleries attracted the tourists and smart restaurants replaced the artists’ smoky cafes and bars. The artists passed away or drifted away to find somewhere quieter and cheaper. Continue reading
Will we have as much fun as the people in the picture?
The Sydney Morning Herald recently published my article about our epic ride around Lake Constance on Europe’s most popular cycling route, so now I can release the full story on the blog…
I’m regularly reminded that my wife is smarter than I am. She doesn’t need to do the reminding personally; usually it’s only too obvious. On this trip she’s riding an electric bike. Continue reading
The scenery is a knockout.
I think I’ve now spent more time walking in the French Alps than any other place in the world, even including the hiking I’ve done in Australia and New Zealand.
This year’s leg was six days hiking the GR5 and its variants between St Paul sur l’Ubaye and St Martin de Vesubie.
It’s still an annual highlight of my life to spend a week in the mountains with my Dutch friends.
Here’s why I keep going back there: Continue reading
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You expect to share it with other photographers and mobile phone users.
If the Dutch Keukenhof is the most photographed place on the planet, Insel Mainau is the German equivalent.
Maybe what’s left of the Berlin Wall or Neuschwanstein Castle narrowly pip it as subjects for German holiday snaps, though even that is doubtful. Continue reading
Imperia, holding the emperor in one hand, the pope in the other.
Of course not everybody likes it. It’s disgusting, pornographic, offensive and historically inaccurate.
Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore the public art of sculptor Peter Lenk, when it’s given pride of place by the harbours of Konstanz, Meersburg and Uberlingen. Continue reading
It sort of tells the story – spectacular mountains and commerce in the bottom right hand corner.
I feel vaguely guilty about liking this country. It’s got it far too good, in my opinion.
Liechtenstein is the richest part of the German-speaking world, with a part-time parliament that can be vetoed by a prince. The princely family owns vineyards that make fine wine, and the Liechtensteiners drink nearly all of it themselves. They have the highest GDP per capita in the world.
The country is surrounded by spectacular mountains with hiking and biking trails snaking all over them.
They even have decent coffee. Continue reading