The Gauchos of South America

In a world dominated by technology, the Gauchos of South America stand practically  alone in their success keeping their traditions alive, despite a 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. Gauchos could be white, black, mestizos … 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 this purpose 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 possible I try … Continue reading Summer in NYC – the bad and the good

Losing in Geneva, winning in Paris

I will never forget that week in July, 1998. I had left my 11 year old daughter Clara in a summer camp in Geneva, Switzerland. It was the first time she would be away from home.  The idea started when friends said that Le Rosey was a good school for girls to learn French quickly. Knowing how anxious I was about the separation, my friend Sally … Continue reading Losing in Geneva, winning in Paris

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, it has seen international tourism replace agriculture and fishing since an international airport was opened in Faro, the regional capital. With no … Continue reading Central and West Algarve – pros and cons

The East Algarve: what to see and what to pass

The Moors of North Africa – Muslims who for centuries occupied Portugal and Spain,  called it Al-Garb, hence Algarve; it was the gateway to their possessions in the region.  Portugal’s southernmost region, an area of 1,929 sq miles, with 96 miles of coastline on the Atlantic and an year-round mild climate, is also where some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe are found – … Continue reading The East Algarve: what to see and what to pass