What I like about the Spanish capital is that it is small enough in the city centre to walk to most places. Local still reigns. It's a city of neighbourhoods, or barrios, each...

Safety and refuge is what I seek in a hotel. In turn that implies that the décor is aesthetic, the staff welcoming, and the very act of walking through the main door drapes me...

On the rue de Charonne, in the backstreets of Paris' 11th district, just north of the Gare de Lyon, is a cluster of four extraordinary places to eat and drink: Séptime, Clamato, Tapisserie and Séptime...

If I could live anywhere in Paris, I would chose an apartment overlooking the Maurice Gardette Square – the largest patch of green in the 11th arrondissement, shaded by mature trees, and with green...

I spent a month in August 2022 in Castell'Azzara, Southern Tuscany. I worked as a volunteer at ASHA, the Alchemy School of Healing Arts, just 2km outside the town centre.  Castell'Azzara is a 'mountain' town perched on the edge...

The shady arcades, or portici, of the Italian city of Bologna came as a welcome relief, first from the torrid sun and then, when I returned to the city four weeks later, the torrential rain....

I sneaked in a visit to Lyon just before the arrival of the summer heat wave – or la canicule as the French call it, when temperatures approach 40C degrees, and the locals seek the...