The gorgeous Ligurian Riviera was a major player in our Instagram gallery last month, so you will have seen some of these photos recently. But it wasn’t all about Italy. Poland, Sweden and Switzerland feature among our most popular ‘grams of April, as well.

Again, I’m posting the photos directly, due to the…shall we say, varying dependability of Instagram’s embed function.

Enough said, here are the most popular Instagrams in April. If you want to see them directly on the application, I’ve linked to the relevant Instagram photo in the numbering.

11. This little taverna looked so appealing on a freezing cold April day in Gdansk.

Gdansk taverna

10. Portofino. Say no more…


9. Of all the little towns along the coast of western Sweden, Fjällbacka is my favourite. It’s just a couple of hours from home, and a we pop across the border frequently for a day trip, or even the occassional overnight stay.


8. In Ticino in the Italian-speaking part of  Switzerland, Bellinzona is a pretty town with quirky architecture. That little bridge between the houses is probably quite unnecessary from a functionalist point of view, but oh so lovely…


7. Doors of Camogli, a lovely, low-key village along the Ligurian coast.

Camogli doors

6. Back in Bellinzona, Castelgrande is one of three castles that enjoys special protection from UNESCO.

Castelgrande, Bellinzona

5.  And back in Fjällbacka, this is one of many adorable little lanes.

Fjallbacka lane

4. Back stairs in the picturesque little town of Manarola in the Cinque Terre.

Manarola back street

3. A charming street in the port city Genoa, once home of one Cristoforo Colombo, who set out from here in search of India. Even though he wasn’t the first European in the Americas, his journeys are legendary.

Genoa street
A smaller street in a smaller town: the little fishing village Riomaggiore, also in the Cinque Terre.

Riomaggiore street

1. And finally, this view of Manarola was our most popular Instagram in April.

Popular Instagrams April 2015

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Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona, Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli in Genoa and Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) are all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here are all the heritage sites I’ve visted around the world.