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
I had not been to Spain in a long time, but returning to Madrid last month made me wonder what took me so long – Madrid is thriving! The Spanish capital is a lively city of 3 million people with everything that other European capitals offer: culture, history, gastronomy, art, plus two important ingredients added to the mix – friendly people and low prices. The … Continue reading The reasons for Madrid, Spain
Due to the very high temperatures and humidity levels in Florida for most of the year, the best time to visit it is from late November to the beginning of April, winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The ‘season,’ as it’s called, is when the thermometer goes from the mid-90’s down to the very pleasant 70’s Fahrenheit (21°C), with almost no humidity in the air. Most … Continue reading Winter is high season in Florida