Italy: Crash Course Comparisons (part 2)

(Featured image: on the rocks of Riomaggiore with Lara, Grace and Ian (US)) Language Merda! One of the downsides of not 'merging' as much is that the Italian language, my favourite of all, eternally passionate and emotive and simply beautiful to listen to (and speak), eluded me. I don't even think my vocabulary doubled in …

Italy: Crash Course Comparisons (part 1)

Oooooh, Italia. A country that exudes passion out of every pore and pothole (if you're in the south). A country more divided than England, more insane than France, and more proud than anywhere else in the world. And with very good reason. If there were a ranking in my head, Italy entered this trip as …

What Makes a Place

Is it the place itself? The landscape, the landmarks, the land in general? Or is its inhabitants? I think as with most things the answer is somewhere in between, but it has been an inescapable realisation while travelling that the latter are much more interesting in the long run. People are constantly different, whether it's …

A Chateau A Day

I'm not sure whether I mentioned it or not,  but one of the big things I'm into is history, and one of the big historical attractions of a European cycling tour (or any tour for that matter) is castles. I like castles. And so following a terrible record of castle-seeing/conquering in the UK (I went …

Getting Acquainted

Giving London a chance is one of the first real meaty plans that I had for my trip, given that I'd grown up barely ever setting foot in the place and being otherwise somewhat prejudiced against it for its centre-of-everything, arrogant nature, and of-course its location in the south of the country which earned instant …