10 glimpses of Italy in fish-eye photos

This is nothing more than a little bit of fun, and a few little glimpses into what I got up to in Italy recently. To take these fish-eye photos I used an Olloclip attached to an iPhone 4. They are far from the best examples of fish-eye photography in the world, but I really enjoyed taking them, as it’s often difficult to convey the size of Tuscan piazzas, with their tall towers, in a single frame.

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Budapest Bread Festival: Carb-loading on Hungarian street food

I’m trying this thing at the moment where I basically eat a paleo caveman diet about 80 percent of the time, and it’s going surprisingly okay, but when I’m on holiday I like to eat. I’ve enjoyed two excellent carb and cheese-loading trips this year, which I’m feeling very nostalgic for right now. The first was to Budapest. I had an idea that it would be indulgent holiday full of heavy, hearty food – Hungary isn’t known for its delicate soups and salads after all — but then we stumbled on the bread festival and embraced the gluten on a…

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Berlin: An ace place to race

I’ve started running again recently and it sure does feel good. I never stopped completely, but I let my fitness levels dip and as a result going for runs stopped being fun. And they are fun usually (I’m not just saying that, I promise), and also essential, I’ve come to realise, not only to my health but my happiness too. I haven’t always been a runner, but I signed up to do the Berlin half marathon last year and once I got into it, I was hooked. I suspect many people are put off signing up for fitness challenges through…

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A Paris Review

In a rather strange turn of events, my parents are moving to Paris. It is odd because ever since I’ve know them (so forever, then) they have always lived in exactly the same house. So there’s that, but also the fact that I always kind of thought in my head that if anyone from my immediate family moved to Paris it would be me. I’ve been thinking about a lot about Paris recently, mainly because I discovered to my horror that not everyone thinks it’s as totally charmant as I do. I was talking to one friend, and I think…

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Making the most of your time away (even when things go wrong)

Travelling makes philosophers of us all. When you’re away there are good times, there are brilliant times and then occasionally there are the not so much talked-about sad and bad times too. How you deal with these is really a matter of personality and experience, but in my INFINITE wisdom (just call me Descartes, or something) I’ve put together some advice — some sensible, some mawkishly sentimental — about how to pick yourself up when times are hard and generally make the most of your time away. When you feel overwhelmed… …find a safe and peaceful spot, then take a…

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