Berlin rolls out in front of you like an enchanted urban forest. It is a cosmopolitan mix of opposites that carries itself with vibrancy and an open mind. It is a city that is at once welcoming and wary; a new heart beating from under decades of oppression.
Abruzzo is a region that is full of old and ancient hill top towns, some abandoned to their fates and others that are still thriving. The small but rather large for Abrruzzo town of Bucchianico is one of those in the latter category. Elevated at 360m above sea level it has views that will make your heart melt.
In Italy paying to sit on the beach is standard fare, for example in Tuscany expect to pay 50 Euros for the pleasure of a sun lounger. In Abruzzo however, the coast is full of free beaches if you know where to look. Some of the best are local secrets but San Vito with its lively marina and exceptional collection of Trabbochi is a secret no one can keep.
Wherever you go in the world, there is a ritual devoted to the process of coming together with your friends, old and new, and raising a glass to health. In Italy, this is called 'Brindisi'...
When nature calls you best be ready to answer, or at least know someone who is.
I’m not known for my love of high impact exercise but as the universe would have it I agreed to spend a day immersed in the world of pole dance. I was not prepared for how enjoyable this day would be