Jan Morris has written another magical and lyrical travel book, this time a summary of her travels around Europe over a period of 50 years or more, written as a series of short and pithy observations of the people and cultures of Europe through a variety of themes. This is akin to taking a journey through time and geography in the accompaniment of a wonderfully articulate and inspirational writer and observer, to be picked up and enjoyed in short passages or in extended reads. The sort of book that you can just keep dipping into for repeated incisive analyses of what makes Europe such a fascinating place, all done with the sharp, witty and independent observation of someone who thankfully doesn't carry the cultural and historical baggage of many other writers. Framed between the solid and constant bookends of her beloved Welsh home and her love and fascination for Trieste, this book taken as a whole presents a sensitive and loving portrait of Europe in all its diversity, by a writer who understands and appreciates that diversity better than most. A marvellous read to which one can keep returning time and time again.