On the road

Delphi

I’ve just started to read Lawrence Durrell’s The Greek Islands and it is very apt because he starts the first chapter by describing the traveller ‘slipping southward along the heel of Italy, as if down a Christmas stocking full of small treasure-towns’.  Durrell suggests getting the ferry from Brindisi, which is near the bottom of …

Ancona

Our ferry was due to depart at 17:30 from the port of Ancona. I woke up pretty refreshed given the size of the bed we had slept in. Strangely, I decided to take advantage of the general sense of optimism about the place by going for an early morning run. It was Easter Monday and …

Ravenna

I was last in Ravenna about a decade ago during a year long stay in Bologna as an Erasmus student. Ravenna is sort of a funny destination for the traveller. It’s relatively small and not many would rate it alongside cities like Rome or Paris in terms of things to see and do, and yet Ravenna …

Verona

I was sorry to leave Padua as I loved it immediately upon entering the old town. It has a lovely feel to it. It’s a city you could imagine living in for a year or two because it feels ‘real’. Full of gorgeous piazzas and in typical Italian fashion, the locals seem to be all …

Padua

We left Lake Bled about midday on Friday amid a heavy rain shower. I wouldn’t call it a storm exactly. There was no wind or menace really – just a lot of rain. Kind of like that heavy but background rain you get in Connemara. The roads in this part of the world are excellent …

Slovenia

What was supposed to be an acceptable four hour journey to Lake Bled,  somehow became a seven hour day in the car. One of the reasons being we set off a few hours later than planned (without the bloody roof rack). There was an incredible amount of traffic on the German motorways. We were moving …

Another day in Munich

There is something very luxurious about waking up in a hotel room knowing that you do not have to pack up again and check out. After a leisurely shower in our spacious bathroom followed by an unremarkable breakfast, we hit the streets of Munich. Wandering around, we came some churches, including the Church of our …

Munich

A bit foolishly perhaps, we had only booked a single night in the Art Hotel and after breakfast – which was very fine incidentally, typically German – we discovered that we would need to find a new place for the rest of our stay as the Art was fully booked. As it happened, after the …

Baden-Baden

There was none of the pomp and ceremony I was hoping for crossing the border from France into Germany. Not so much as a small signpost! We knew though, as we crossed the expansive river Rhine that we were now in the territory of the leaders of the EU. As Sorties changed to Ausfahrts we …