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 few things actually matter, or last. Greece does – and has. Home of Aristotle, Homer and … Continue reading Greece, totally!
It’s not the usual 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 away from the tourist crowds. That’s what I had in mind, when I booked a one-week trip on Barge Luciole, which cruises the Nivernais Canal of the River Yonne, in the Burgundy region. … Continue reading On a barge 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 sea towns, combined with rich culture and traditions, are great reasons to cross the Atlantic. I had been near Costa Brava many times, while living in London. But as familiar as I was with other regions of Spain, its wild northeast coast (Costa Brava means … Continue reading Costa Brava, Spain’s wild coast
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’s Catalonia’s largest city, Girona turned out to be bigger than I expected, I even got lost in a commercial area in its outskirts, before finding my way downtown. I drove by large and beautiful parks until finding Hotel Peninsular, in … Continue reading Girona and the Jews
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 Malloca: 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 – a lively city of 3 million people – has everything other European capitals offer: culture, history, gastronomy, art, plus two important ingredients added to the mix: friendly people and low prices. The Madrileños, as … Continue reading The reasons for Madrid
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 mid-90’s down to very pleasant 70’s Fahrenheit (21°C), with almost no humidity in the air. Most winter days … Continue reading Winter is high season in Florida