Mahdia’s cemetery: the graveyard by the sea

Mahdia cemetery tunisia

Standing at the end of the small peninsula of Mahdia, at the foot of the Turkish stronghold Borj El-Kebir, the white graves follow one another towards the turquoise sea and they all point in the same direction, which is the direction of Mecca.

The Mahdia cemetery was founded in the 10th century, which is when the Arabs arrived in the village, and it is still in use.

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My favourite cemeteries in Bristol

cemeteries in bristol

Happy Halloween!

For my fellow graveyard enthusiasts, I’m keeping the tradition alive (no pun intended) by posting a ‘cemetery special’ on Halloween.

This year’s special is on cemeteries in Bristol, the town where I learnt the very English distinction between ‘cemetery’ and ‘graveyard’ (which can be ‘churchyard’ in some -obvious- cases). Keep reading →

Florence off the beaten path

Florence off the beaten pathSearching for authenticity in Florence can be quite a hard challenge: averring that the town is overcrowded with tourists would be an understatement and the fact that I had screenings to attend at fixed times in the city center made my off-the-beaten-path exploration of Florence trickier. Moreover, that weekend I spent at the Balkan Florence Express film festival was exceptionally rainy, and so now and then I was forced to stop and shelter in some nice café.

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The most underrated islands in the Venetian lagoon

Venice islands

This is not my first time in Venice, although it’s the first time I’ve really liked this city. Usually, I stopped in Venice for a few hours during my Rome – Ljubljana journeys, so I had never explored the Venetian lagoon as far as its most underrated islands. This time, instead, by spending almost one week in the area before heading to Slovenia, I rose to the challenge of exploring Venice off the beaten path.

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My favorite cemeteries in Rome

Cimitero della Parrochietta Roma cemeteries in romeHappy Halloween folks! :-)

I’ve crafted a special post for this occasion, which features my favourite cemeteries in Rome: from the hidden gem under the viaduct to the lovely Protestant cemetery where Keats and Shelley are buried, without forgetting the monumental cemetery of Rome, which is an open-air museum itself.

Enjoy the most eternal side of the Eternal City!

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Naples is always a good idea

Naples off the beaten pathDo you remember when I stated that I’m always up for a trip to Naples?

I’ve been feeling pretty moody lately, as this summer began with an upsetting issue that, let’s just say, forced me to redefine some stuff in my life.

Anyway, the point is that, as I needed something to cheer me up, I opted for that cheerfulness and enthusiasm for life that only Neapolitans have (and, well, for their great food too!).

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48 hours in Thessaloniki

thessaloniki, greece“Are you going to the islands?” an old man approached me outside Thessaloniki train station.
“Nope, I’m staying in town,” I replied, folding the city map and hiding it in my pocket.
“Why aren’t you going to the islands? Everybody goes to the islands to drink ouzo and party on the beach. I can help you find a ticket to go to the islands.”
I asked him to show me the way to the hotel instead but, since he was firmly convinced that, as a foreigner with a backpack, I must head to the islands, I said goodbye and took the first street away from the station.

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Top 5 off-the-beaten path spots in Sofia

off-the-beaten path spots in SofiaOne month after my cancelled flight, I finally made it to Sofia, a post-soviet Eastern-European town, with a special Balkan twist.

In other words, my kind of town.

This had been evident since the very first moments of the trip: when I was on the bus heading from the airport to downtown Sofia, I spotted some graffiti on a railway bridge which read “Welcome to Sofia: city of beers, girls and graffiti”.

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