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Albania: The Essentials

The Albanian identity, as one native told us, lies on three columns: their liberator Skënderbej, their unique language – and Rakija. Albania, or better Shqiperia, is a small country with a big and influencing history. Their national hero Skënderbej dates back to...
Italia and into France

Italia and into France

We stayed in Palermo two days and did a lot of walking exploring the old town, there are some amazing bits of Architecture and history but I’m afraid its a bit dirty and down at heel, the heat makes some of the city’s less appealing smells more pungent. From a tourist...
Sicily

Sicily

We left Dubrovnik and Croatia on Friday night. The very efficient ferry (take note DFDS!!) deposited us in Bari, Southern Italy on Saturday morning. We had a few missed turns out of Bari, very stressful as I’m sure mot of the people have comedy driving licences...
Italy

Italy

3/1999 & 12/2009 & 11/2010 Italy has been a getaway for me for almost all of my trips to Europe or West Africa. So I have visited this beautiful country more than four times. However I have managed to cover a different part every time. In 1999 I covered North...
Belgium

Belgium

08/1991 This was one of my first trips to Europe back in 1991, during my summer vacation. I was still in high school and I was traveling with my family. I remember Belgium as a small, very clean country, something that impressed my still inexperienced eyes. Except for...
Austria

Austria

08-1990 Located in Central Europe, Austria is a landlocked country bordered by the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. The country was a centre of power in Europe when it was ruled by the mighty Habsburgs. Although today it’s...
Lake Como & Milano

Lake Como & Milano

We woke to overcast and some drizzle, but it soon dried up.   There is a massive fort on the hill above Briancon. We had decided after yesterdays issues with the closed passes we would head over the alps to Italy on the toll road to prevent issues. We really...