To some people, the word oracle probably brings to mind the giant software company of Silicon Valley. But the inspiration for the name – the Oracle of Delphi, in Greece – is much older than that. Delphi and the Temple of Apollo – the former being the most important oracle in all antiquity, the latter one of the 12 Olympian gods of Greek mythology – … Continue reading The Oracle of Delphi – how stoned priestesses ruled the Greeks
I’ve often heard people say that ‘Athens is an ugly city, don’t bother with it, go straight to the Greek islands’. I’m glad I didn’t listen – I found Athens beautiful, exciting, culturally rich and full of layers. Of course there’s no account for taste – different people seek out different things while traveling. But how could one not be awestruck by the Acropolis – the citadel … Continue reading Athens, where it all started
I was introduced to Greece not long ago, but once we two met, it was love at first sight. One look at the 5th-century BC Acropolis in Athens – one of the remnants of the greatest civilization the West ever produced – is enough to remind us of how very few things actually matter, and how even fewer last. Greece does – and has. Home … Continue reading Greece, a definite must!
It’s not the typical way to see France, but a trip on a barge on one of its river canals is for sure the best way to explore the heart of the country and avoid crowds of tourists. That’s what I had in mind when I booked a one-week trip on Barge Luciole, which cruises up and down the Nivernais Canal of the River Yonne, … Continue reading Barge travel in the heart of France
Spain’s Costa Brava isn’t on the radar for many Americans tourists yet. However, its stunning Mediterranean coast and quaint white-washed coastal towns, combined with rich culture and traditions, are great reasons to cross the Atlantic. I had visited places nearby Costa Brava many times, while living in London. But as familiar as I was with other regions of Spain, its wild northeastern coast (Costa Brava … Continue reading Costa Brava, the wild coast of Spain
I arrived in Girona in the mid-afternoon of a bright winter day in January, after an easy one-hour drive from Barcelona’s El Prat Airport. Northern Catalonia’s largest city, Girona turned out to be bigger than I expected; I even got lost in a commercial area on its outskirts before finding my way downtown. I drove by several large and beautiful parks before I found Hotel … Continue reading The Jews of Girona, Spain
I arrived at night at Mallorca’s Palma airport, one of the busiest in Europe, and was intrigued right away by the amount of ads in German – not in Spanish, the language of the land. “The Germans own Mallorca, they buy everything they can,” explained my French friend Margot, who has a vacation home there and was waiting for me at the arrival gate. “But … Continue reading Mallorca, Spain – the royals, the rich, the Germans