Category: Europe

Florence is OK, I Guess

Florence is OK, I Guess

When I first arrived into Florence, I did not like it. D.H. Lawrence’s description of the “tired flower of Florence” floated around in my head as my taxi from the airport passed endless decaying dun-coloured buildings, render falling off walls whose every surface was lavishly covered with black and grey graffiti; as sweat trickled down my legs, and traffic surged […]

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Fabulous Fiesole

Fabulous Fiesole

On the last morning of a five-day visit to Florence, the Solo Lady Traveller fled the grey granite walls and crowded footpaths of the city, jumped on the Number 7 bus from Piazza San Marco and took a 20-minute ride across the Arno River and up the winding road to Fiesole, through gardens spilling over high walls enclosing lovely villas, impressionist glimpses […]

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Canal du Midi – Cruzy to Argeliers

Canal du Midi – Cruzy to Argeliers

The Canal du Midi is a walker’s paradise, with hundreds of kilometres of flat towpaths, shaded by avenues of centuries-old plane trees, running through wheat fields and vineyards and passing through lovely mediaeval villages dotted with restaurants, ancient churches, and mansion houses. Like this?

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Vernazza

Cinque Terre In One Day

Full of confidence, the Solo Lady Traveller set out to walk the Cinque Terre in one day (well, parts of it), as a sort of sampler to see if I would want to do a 9-day trek next year. After all, I had been regularly doing walks of 7km to 14 km in length, so a few hours in the […]

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Villefranche de Conflent

Villefranche de Conflent

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