Friday, December 9, 2022

Flabbergasted in a Haarlem B&B

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I believe a regular does of travel memories can be good for the sou. Here’s one of my favorites — and I’d love to hear some of your most memorable travel tales, as well.  It’s...

Picasso’s “Guernica”  

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Watching the recent events in Afghanistan unfold in the headlines, I’ve been thinking about how important it is to humanize far-away tragic events — and the unique ability of artists to do so.  Picasso’s monumental painting “Guernica” — more than 25 feet wide — is a powerful example of this. It’s not only...

Cats of Athens

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Athens is probably the first city in Europe, where we’ve seen the many stray cats belonging to the entire community. Lounging on an ancient pillar, looking out from the Parthenon or sleeping in the...

Siena: Italy’s Medieval Soul

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I believe a regular dose of travel dreaming can be good for the soul. Stow away with me to Siena, Italy, in this excerpt from my book For the Love of Europe, a collection...

The Book of Kells — Christ Enthroned

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For me, one of the great joys of travel is having in-person encounters with great art — which I’ve collected in a book called Europe’s Top 100 Masterpieces. Here’s one of my favorites: Jesus Christ...

The Best Hike of my Life: The Tour du Mont Blanc

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Earlier this fall, four of us — total novices at long-distance treks — hiked around Europe’s highest mountain. (On the first day, big birds of prey circled high overhead. My hunch: They were vultures...

The Best Travel Accessories | Our Hand-Picked List of Travel Gear

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There are thousands of travel accessories and gadgets out there but most are gimmicky and a waste of both money and precious space. That’s what I wanted to talk about some of the...

Taking it Easy on the Tour du Mont Blanc

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While the Tour du Mont Blanc is demanding, it’s not a particularly difficult hike. It’s just long, with lots of altitude gain and loss, and always scenic. On my recent trek around the mountain...

How To Purchase Train Tickets for Europe | Strategies For Buying European Train Tickets

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In the not-so-distant past, the only way to buy train tickets for Europe was through an expensive travel agent or at the train station ticket window. These days, most of Europe’s national rail...

Barcelona Travel Guide — How to Visit Barcelona on a Budget

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Barcelona finds its way onto most itineraries… and for good reason. It has a vibrant food scene, a plethora of unique historic architecture, great Mediterranean weather, beautiful beaches, and arguably the best nightlife in Europe. This Barcelona...

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