Milan & Music

7 August 2023 | Places

I started in Madrid and Barcelona, celebrating Lonely Planet’s 50th birthday for GeoPlaneta who publish LP guides in Spanish. Then it was Gent in Belgium for a bookshop talk with Atlas & Zanzibar. A canoe trip on the Tarn River in the south of France was followed ...

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Lugano – Switzerland, but very close to Italy

30 July 2023 | Places

▲ I Love Lugano On the waterfront at Lugano, the lakeside city in the heart of the Italian region of Switzerland. Supposedly 63% speak German, 23% French and 8% Italian which does not add up to 100%. I spent a week in May teaching a tourism course with the USI (Uni...

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Pesaro & the EDT Ulisse Fest

12 August 2022 | Places

EDT, the Italian publisher of Lonely Planet guides, puts on a travel weekend every year. In recent years it has been in Rimini on the Adriatic coast and this year moved a little further south to Pesaro. ▲ from the left my translator Diego, me, Paolo Nugari and the in...

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San Marino

11 August 2022 | Places

Every time I go to the Ulisse Fest – a wonderful travel event in Italy run by EDT, Lonely Planet’s Italian partner –I also slot in a visit to an interesting Italian destination. Last time, when the festival was at Rimini, I stopped off in Ravenna to see the superb mos...

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Some recent European transport encounters

30 July 2019 | Transport

▲  The wonderful old trams in Milan, this one rolling in to the Piazza della Scala. ▲ And some much more modern Italian transport, the high speed Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) about to zip off from Milan to Bologna. ▲ You can't get away from him, an Ed Sheeran concer...

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