Beneath the Sea by Train to Hakodate

The famous night view from Mount Hakodate…

I had a chance to visit Hokkaido this summer, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands.

My Sunny St. Lawerence Childhood

Of Time and an Island by John Keats

I’d like to tell you about a book I just read. 

It’s about the Thousand Islands.

With Head in the Past and Feet in the Clouds

The magical mountaintop world of San Marino, one of the world’s smallest independent countries…

“Oh come on, ‘I’ for Italy!”

“What’s the problem?” Tomoko asked, buckling her seatbelt and settling in for a drive.

“It looks like my recently updated sat nav has maps for all of continental Europe…except Italy.”

Potsdam: Palaces, Gardens and 18th Century Dreams

Schloss Sanssouci

There’s a smallish town just outside the Berlin city centre that’s completely encrusted with palaces.

It’s only 30 minutes away, at the end of the S7 line, on the River Havel. And it’s the most popular day trip from Berlin.

Amoral Familism and the Med

The island of Malta — my home for 6 years

If you want to understand Malta — and the southern Mediterranean in general — then you’ll want to come to grips with the theory of Amoral Familism.

Life in Berlin

Berlin is such a liveable city…

It’s been ages since I’ve published a blog. I think I’ve only written 3 this year.

But I haven’t forgotten you, or vanished in a desert somewhere.

It’s just that I haven’t been traveling at all. We moved to Berlin at the start of January, and I haven’t left the city since.

Palmyra — Syria’s Desert Treasure

The Temple of Baal

Palmyra sits far out in the desert, an oasis within what is now the war torn country of Syria.

A New Life in a New Town

A new life in a new town…

I learned and experienced many things during my years in Malta, and I wrote around 30 articles about it — most of them were positive, about the places we discovered, from small village streets to the windswept heights of Ras ir-Raheb and the coast of Blata tal-Melh.

My Island Years Are at an End

Thus ends my island years…

I moved to the Mediterranean because I wanted to write an island book inspired by Lawrence Durrell. But it had to be a place no one else had written about — at least, not in that way.

The Best Books I Read in 2016

It’s that time again.

I typically read about 100 books a year. Everything from travel literature to poetry, history, psychology, fiction and memoir.

I love reading lists and recommendations, and I bet a few of you do, too. So at year’s end, I like to take a moment to share my top reads of the past twelve months.