Enchanting Mount Saint-Michel – Part 2 – The French skull with a hole

After a visit to Mount Saint-Michel, in France, my daughter Clara and I were impressed with the beauty seen in only two days and with all the fantastic tales we had heard. Perhaps the most fantastic of them all is the legend of Saint Aubert, an 8th-century bishop in the nearby village of Avranches, a man so pious and religious that people believed he performed … Continue reading Enchanting Mount Saint-Michel – Part 2 – The French skull with a hole

Enchanting Mount Saint-Michel Part 1 – A long overdue visit

Some places we visit enrich us with good moments, good memories and good pictures to show back home. Some others have a deeper effect on us – they change the way we feel,  how we see things. Mount Saint-Michel, in France, was one of those places. I knew that Mount Saint-Michel is one of Europe’s most famous landmarks. I had also heard of the huge … Continue reading Enchanting Mount Saint-Michel Part 1 – A long overdue visit

The Gauchos of South America

In a world dominated by computers and technology, the Gauchos of South America stand almost alone for their success in keeping their traditions alive, despite frenetic globalization.      The Gauchos flourished from the mid-18th to the mid 19th centuries in the region known as the Pampas, a vast portion of grasslands that stretches from southern Brazil to Argentina and Uruguay. They could be white, … Continue reading The Gauchos of South America

Summer in NYC – the bad and the good

What we call New York City is actually five distinct boroughs – Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. But for the purpose of this post, let’s focus on Manhattan, since most tourists limit their visits to it. I just got back to Florida after a few days in NYC, and the city was sizzling! Summers can be brutal in New York, and when … Continue reading Summer in NYC – the bad and the good

Central and West Algarve – pros and cons

The southernmost tip of Portugal, the Algarve has 96 miles of a spectacular coastline on the Atlantic, and a culture and scenery very different from the rest of the country. With a mild year-round weather, warm sea waters, rich history, culinary and traditions – with  low prices – the region has seen international tourism replace agriculture and fishing recently, since an international airport was opened … Continue reading Central and West Algarve – pros and cons