Polignano hannah francés travel writer

Postcards from Puglia

Published by The Style Line Puglia (poo-lia) is the region in the heel of Italy’s boot. We arrived in April, and immediately noticed how quiet everywhere was – the pretty villages charmingly so; the modern holiday resorts eerily so. We had arrived at the tail end of the off-season, so until May it was just us in short sleeves […]

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Hannah Frances Milan

A Girl Abroad: A Weekend in Milan

Published by The Style Line, December 2016 My love affair with Italy has so far neglected Milan, overshadowed in my mind by the allure of Rome, Florence and Venice. I assumed the modish business and fashion capital to be too shiny, cool and organised to sate yearning for a fiery and delicious Italian break. We […]

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Hannah Frances Suitcase Magazine Italy

Five Italian Roadtrips

Published by Suitcase Magazine September 2016 Whether you’re admiring the room-with-a-view romance of the Tuscan countryside or the Alpine drama of the northern lakes, the Italian landscape is surprisingly diverse. To explore the aesthetic and edible bounty of Italy’s great regions, pack yourself into a Fiat Cinquecento and tour the bel paese (beautiful country) by car. […]

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Hannah Frances Travel Writer New Orleans

Notes on Travelling Alone

I spent a couple of years working for a jazz production company in Los Angeles. Travelling was a big part of the job, and for the most part, I was doing it solo. I explored Memphis, New Orleans, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, much of Alaska and a bit of Mexico between festivals and […]

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Hannah Frances Travel Writer Liverpool

The Georgian Quarter

Published by Treaded Travels, August 2016   Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter is home to the largest concentration of Georgian architecture outside of London. Its cobbled streets are flanked with ornate lampposts, wide pavements and townhouses skirted with wrought iron railings. The slopes of Hardman Street and Upper Duke Street offer views over the city, rolling all the way […]

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Hannah Frances Urbino Marche Travel Writer

Shades of Toffee in Urbino

Urbino is a happy colour of fudge. Fudge and oat before the sun dips, darkening to shards of rich toffee later. The calf-ruiningly-steep university town shines brightest at sunset. It’s slender skyline, barbed with renaissance towers and modern antennae, glows and burns as lights flicker over the elegant passeggiata.   

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Polignano hannah francés travel writer

Shades of White in Puglia

The white ramparts of the centro storico shelter the white arcs of beach that scallop the edges of the Ionan and the Adriatic. There’s a gentle jangle of white fishing boats as they bring in the day’s haul and the whir of a rusted Piaggio Ape. Espresso trickles slowly into its small, white receptacle in a café […]

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Hannah Frances Venice Photography Travel Writer

Shades of Rose in Venice

Miracle of the Relic of the Cross at the Rialto Bridge by Vittore Carpaccio depicts a procession over Venice’s Rialto Bridge. In the painting, a splinter of the holy cross is held before a man possessed and he is instantly healed. It’s one of eight canvases in Sala XX of the Academia in Venice that narrate […]

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Hannah Frances Iceland Travel Writer

Shades of Ochre in Iceland

The drama soaked scenery of West Iceland, with its buttery ochre tones against big, big skies, is well deserved of deviation from the well trodden Golden Circle. Take the ribbon-like roads northwards from Reykjavik to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and continue along the strong shoulders of the northern coastline to Akureyri. This cinematic expanse of landscape, peppered with fat waterfalls and […]

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Hannah Frances Paris Travel Writer

Shades of Biscuit in Paris

The honeyed boulevards of France’s capital are smart and uniform: a result of Baron Haussmann’s grand renovation of the city at the end of the 19th century. Aérer, unifier, et embellir; Napoléon III instructed Haussmann to envision a new Paris that is airy, unified and beautiful. Paris was rebuilt using a soft limestone quarried from the Oise, which is now branded ‘Paris Stone’. Colours sweep […]

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Hannah Frances Lisbon Travel Writer

A Horticultural Acid Trip

Lord Byron raved about Sintra, his ‘glorious Eden’. Once the summer escape of Portugal’s royal and wealthy, Sintra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with Lisbon day trippers for its romantic architecture and lush vegetation. Lisbon is rarely blighted by miserable weather but as the last day of our trip greeted us with […]

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