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In search of the Slovak Robin Hood

No, not Slovenia: Slovakia. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve said those exact words. I’ve even confused myself once or twice. Just to be clear: I’m talking about the bit that came after Czech in Czechoslovakia. The bit that we’ve all forgotten in the crush for the Baroque and beer halls of […]

It’s time to take the ibex by the horns

The seasons switch rapidly in northern Italy. In spring, the dirty white of melting snow and parched brown of desiccated foliage turns to emerald green with staccato bursts of pink fruit blossom, yellow cowslips and violet alpine flowers. Over the summer, the greens will pale, before autumn’s mustards and russets erupt, a last riot before […]