Europe’s largest underground canyon

Our first port of call (literally) in Slovenia was Piran, a picturesque Venetian town on a narrow peninsula. It had a particularly pretty and colourful main square, with narrow cobbled alleys leading off in all directions. We enjoyed a good (we’re coffee snobs) coffee, at last, and people watched by the waterfront. Next stop was…

Cave dwellings in southern Italy

Half of Matera’s population lived in cave dwellings, called Sassi, until the 1950’s. The Sassi have been inhabited since the Paleolithic age and were brought to public attention when Carlo Levi’s book, ‘Christ stopped at Eboli’ was published in 1946. He described the poverty and poor conditions they lived in. The book shamed the authorities…

The thermal cave pools in Hungary

Hungary is well known for its thermal baths, we were only swinging through the country but made sure a day of relaxation was involved. Just to make us really need a relax day, we had a small car crash. Brilliant. We chose the thermal caves on the outskirts of Miskolc, a city in northern Hungary….