Verona - Survival guide for non (necro) romantic travellers

14 February, 2019 / 27 views

Because the only love story you should have in Verona is with the city itself.

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Dinant, between water and rocks

28 January, 2019 / 40 views

Did you know that the inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax, was born in Dinant, Belgium?

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Italy, a UNESCO heaven

06 January, 2019 / 86 views

Some UNESCO sites around Italy

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Apulia, the heel of the “boot"

10 December, 2018 / 55 views

Apulia in Italian, Puglia in English, Pouilles in French, the heel of the Italian boot is becoming a trendy destination amongst foreigners

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Casamassima, the Italian blue gem

07 December, 2018 / 89 views

India has Jodhpur. Morocco has Chefchaouen. Italy has Casamassima.

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Matera, beautiful empty shell

05 December, 2018 / 32 views

One of the most ancient cities in the world, Matera and its sassi are now mostly empty.

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Lecce, a story of stone

03 December, 2018 / 41 views

Welcome to the capital city of Barocco leccese

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Barletta, City of Challenges.

28 November, 2018 / 35 views

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Termoli, Borgo Antico

27 November, 2018 / 90 views

Lovely little gem on the Adriatic Sea.

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Mantua, frescoes heaven

25 November, 2018 / 37 views

Mantova is to frescoes what Ravenna is to mosaics.

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Durbuy, the most Japanese city in Belgium

18 October, 2018 / 69 views

Durbuy is known for its beautiful architecture and for being one of the smallest cities in the world. But did you know that you could find there geological phenomenons as well as the largest topiary park in the world and that Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, and his wife visited Durbuy in 1999, making it the most Japanese city in Belgium?

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Furnes/Veurne, postcard from the past.

31 August, 2018 / 87 views

A bit off the tourist path, Veurne (Furnes in French) has some beautiful architecture and offers a nice afternoon trip from the Belgian coast.

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French Jura, the real Jurassic Park

23 July, 2018 / 91 views

No resurrected dinosaurs here, but if you like wine, cheese, lovely little villages and cities of character, lakes, caves, waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and wonderful hikes, French Jura is the right place for you.

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Somme, Land of Nature and History

11 June, 2018 / 205 views

From natural reserves to Belle Epoque beach resorts, castles and churches to underground cities, the French region of Somme has everything to make a great destination.

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Damme, little gem in the Flemish Polders

06 June, 2018 / 72 views

Outshined by Bruges, Damme is a beautiful little medieval town full of architecture wonders.

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Jardins d'Eau d'Annevoie - Water Gardens of Annevoie

22 May, 2018 / 78 views

A true wonder where art corrects, imitates and adapts to nature.

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10 May, 2018 / 290 views

Everybody goes to Hallerbos, the blue forest, but Halle, the city nearby, also has some beautiful sights to offer. So if you go to Hallerbos, why not spend a couple of hours in Halle?

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The Enchanted Forest

10 May, 2018 / 240 views

Once a year, a wood near Brussels, Belgium, sees its floors being covered by a blue carpet. Hallerbos, once a quiet place, is now invaded 3 weeks a year by tourists who came to see the beautiful Bluebells tapestry.

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Royal Greenhouses in Laeken

20 April, 2018 / 121 views

Every spring, the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken (Serres Royales de Laeken) are open to the public during 3 weeks.

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Top things to do in Carpi, Italy

03 January, 2018 / 136 views

“Carpi? Really? Don’t you mean Capri?”

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Modena, home to Ferrari, vinegar and opera

15 December, 2017 / 80 views

Off the tourist tracks although it is a UNESCO Heritage Site, colourful Modena deserves a visit.

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Ravenna, a world of mosaics

05 December, 2017 / 96 views

Welcome to mosaic land.

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Burano, the Rainbow Island

30 November, 2017 / 82 views

Welcome to one of the 10 most colorful cities in the world!

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San Michele, the Island of the Dead

25 November, 2017 / 79 views

Did you know Stravinsky was buried here?

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Murano the glass island

22 November, 2017 / 94 views

Famed for its glass work, Murano is also a charming little archipelago with a splendid basilica.

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How to survive Venice Biennale

20 November, 2017 / 240 views

Every other year, Venice helds the biggest contemporary art fair in the world. Exhibitions are set in the main Biennale sites but not only. So how to make the most of it? If you have 2 or 3 available days, check the itinerary linked at the end of this post.

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Gulf of Poets

10 November, 2017 / 80 views

Follow the footpath of Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley, George Sand and many more in the wonderful Gulf of La Spezia.

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How to survive Venice when you are tight

08 November, 2017 / 125 views

Venezia la Serenissima has the reputation of being a very expensive city. It can be surprisingly cheap if you know when and where to go, as well as what to see. Whether you are on a tight budget or really stingy, it is possible to have a great stay in Venice without spending a fortune.

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Torcello the wild island

07 November, 2017 / 78 views

A bit off the usual tourist path, although more and more people go there, Torcello is worth seeing if you have time. It is the cradle of Venice and there are impressive mosaics in its cathedral, beautiful views from the bell tower and a famous hotel-restaurant.

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Belgian Coast: the beauty behind the concrete.

02 September, 2017 / 84 views

The Belgian Coast is well-known for the concrete buildings disfiguring the coastline. But there are still a few little surviving gems hidden behind the concrete walls.

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6 must-see churches in Florence

20 December, 2016 / 140 views

Where to find the most interesting artworks.

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Pisa, beyond the tower

21 November, 2016 / 136 views

Mostly known for its leaning tower, Pisa is also a beautiful medieval city with some magnificent Renaissance buildings.

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How to survive Florence when you do not like museums and/or churches

01 November, 2016 / 308 views

Florence is a beautiful Italian city full of history. But is it worth to visit it if you do not like spending time in churches and museums?

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Cinque Terre at a glance

01 November, 2016 / 70 views

String of centuries-old seaside villages seated on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) are a UNESCO World Heritage.

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Livorno, the "Venice" of Tuscany.

30 October, 2016 / 122 views

Easy day trip from Pisa, Livorno is nicknamed "Venice" of Tuscany because of its canals.

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Street Art in Brussels - updated

01 May, 2016 / 238 views

Once totally banned, street art is now part of Brussels and transfoms the city into an open air museum. Whilst there are some dedicated places for it, it is everywhere, on walls, urban furnitures, ... even some schools have their programmes of street art in agreement with their municipality. It is now seen as a sign of appropriation more than degradation.

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14 August, 2015 / 73 views

Famed for its cliffs, Etretat is also a lovely little city with some splendid pieces of architecture and a great pebble beach.

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Charms of the "Belle Epoque"

15 July, 2015 / 157 views

North of France is known for its industrial past but it has also the most fabulous gems along its coastline: villas in architecture Belle-Epoque.

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Gems of the English Channel IV - Guernsey the Green Island

21 October, 2013 / 88 views

Welcome to the second homeland of Victor Hugo.

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Gems of the English Channel III - Sark the Feudal Island

16 September, 2013 / 328 views

Welcome to the world's first dark skies island! Sark was the first to acquire that title thanks to its very low level of light pollution.

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Gems of the English Channel II - Jersey the Flower Island

13 August, 2013 / 284 views

The Bailiwick of Jersey is the biggest island of the archipelago and is full of wonders.

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Gems of the English Channel I

10 July, 2013 / 175 views

In between United Kingdom and France, there are some beautiful islands only waiting for you. This archipelago is composed by two Crown dependencies: the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Best known as tax heaven, they are remnants of the Duchy of Normandy, and as such have a special status and a lot of charm.

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