Category European Cities

The Bridges of Europe – Part One, Southern Europe

Korinth (Corinth), Greece The Corinth Canal in Greece is an incredible feat of engineering and was once an important navigational route which allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Carved through the isthmus at sea level, the canal is 6.4 km long with a width of only 25 metres. Impossible for modern ships to go through, […]

My Top 15 Spanish Cities – #1 Seville

I have now come to the end of my countdown having already covered numbers two to fifteen (2. Granada 3. Barcelona, 4, Santiago de Compostela 5. Córdoba 6. Valencia 7. Segovia 8. Bilbao 9. Madrid 10. Toledo 11. Cádiz 12. Vitoria-Gasteiz 13. Palma, 14. Denia & 15. Malaga). Seville The home of flamenco and oranges […]

My Top 15 Spanish Cities #2 – Granada

Continuing my countdown having already covered numbers three to fifteen (3. Barcelona, 4, Santiago de Compostela 5. Córdoba 6. Valencia 7. Segovia 8. Bilbao 9. Madrid 10. Toledo 11. Cádiz 12. Vitoria-Gasteiz 13. Palma, 14. Denia & 15. Malaga). Granada So good that in the UK they named a Commercial TV Station, a Motorway Service […]

My Top 15 Spanish Cities #3 – Barcelona

Continuing my countdown having already covered numbers three to fifteen (4, Santiago de Compostela 5. Córdoba 6. Valencia 7. Segovia 8. Bilbao 9. Madrid 10. Toledo 11. Cádiz 12. Vitoria-Gasteiz 13. Palma, 14. Denia & 15. Malaga). Barcelona What can one say about the capital of Catalonia that has not been written already? All that […]

The Acropolis in Athens

Happy Birthday easyJet

“Do I not like orange”, so said former England football manager Graham Taylor following a controversial and harrowing defeat at the hands of the orange clad Dutch in late 1993. Two years later the orange airline was born, 25-years ago yesterday in fact. They started out as an irritant to the established flag carriers and […]

Mezquita, Cordoba

My Top Fifteen Spanish Cities – 6 to 4

Continuing my countdown having already covered numbers ten to fifteen (7. Segovia 8. Bilbao 9. Madrid 10. Toledo 11. Cadiz 12. Vitoria-Gasteiz 13. Palma, 14. Denia & 15. Malaga). Number Six – Valencia Valencia is pretty much three great cities in one. 1) Valencia Old Town The gorgeous walled old town is home to everything you […]

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

My Top Fifteen Spanish Cities – 9 to 7

Continuing my countdown having already covered numbers ten to fifteen (10. Toledo 11. Cadiz 12. Vitoria-Gasteiz 13. Palma, 14. Denia & 15. Malaga). Number Nine – Madrid The fact that the modern day capital is relatively low on the list says more about how lucky Spain is to have so many great cities than it […]

Roman Aqueduct, Skopje - Filming A Pop Video

Friday Photo – Roman Aqueduct, Skopje

When I visited Skopje a second time in 2016 I found a city garishly transformed from a characterful Balkan capital to a Disney style freak show. I was therefore happy to negotiate a taxi journey to the environs, including this Roman aqueduct a few km from the centre. The largely neglected ruin stands in the […]

My Top Fifteen Spanish Cities – 12 to 9

Continuing my countdown having already covered numbers ten to twelve (Palma, Denia & Malaga). Number Ten – Vitoria-Gasteiz The lovely Basque city is an hour’s bus journey from Big Brother Bilbao, to which we ventured as a side trip from the biggest city in the Basque region. A modern tram whisked us the few stops […]

My Top 15 Spanish Cities – 15 to 13

I listed my top 12 Spanish cities in 2015 and now having visited a few more I have extended this to a top 15. I have also changed my mind about my number 1! My first ever experience of Spain was in 1983, a budget trip to Benidorm for a fortnight of late nights and […]