The reasons for Madrid, Spain

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

Winter is high season in Florida

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

Mount Saint Michel part II – The skull with a hole

After visiting Mount Saint-Michel in France, my daughter Clara and I were impressed by the fantastic tales we had heard there. Perhaps the most fantastic of all is the legend of Saint Aubert, an 8th-century bishop of the nearby village of Avranches, a man so pious and religious that he was believed to  perform miracles. Legend tells that Aubert saw Archangel Michael in a dream, and … Continue reading Mount Saint Michel part II – The skull with a hole

Mont Saint MicheI, France, Part I – A long overdue visit

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

The gauchos of the Pampas

In a world now dominated by technology, the Gauchos of South America stand practically  alone in 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 grassland that stretches from southern Brazil to Argentina and Uruguay. Gauchos can be white, black, mestizos … Continue reading The gauchos of the Pampas

Summer in NYC – the good and the bad

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 it’s the place tourists visit the most. 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 good and the bad