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Basilicata, Italy: a Tiny Treasure of Passion and Peppers

The Basilicata, located at the instep of Italy’s geographic “boot”, is one of the country’s smaller regions, one of its least-densely populated, most mountainous, and most often overlooked.

Windsor Great Park: 5,000 Acres of History

Even on a cold winter’s morning, the hedges of rhododendron in Windsor Great Park are jungle green and glossy.

Eight Great Reasons to Visit Scotland

What’s not to love about Scotland? Home to a rich history, spectacular scenery, and some of the kindest people around; Scotland should be at the top of everyone’s “Must Visit” list.

Hotel or Apartment? How to Choose

After you’ve decided where to go and how you’ll get there, the big question is where to stay. A hotel is still the most popular choice, but there are other options, and plenty of savvy travelers are choosing to rent an apartment or house.

Savoring September at a Snail’s Pace in the Piedmont

Half an hour from the industrial bustle of Turin lies southern Piedmont, a renowned eden for epicurians.

Inside an Iceland Volcano

In past travels I have climbed through lava tubes, run from blasts of sulfur fumes from active volcanos, have witnessed fiery lava drop with steamy sizzles into the sea….BUT when told by a fellow traveler I could descend 120 meters (400ft) “into” an actual volcano chamber, I guffaw, “Yah, right… wha

Marvellous Montpellier – The Romantic, Wandering Gourmand’s Guide to a Medieval French Gem

Though you’re spoiled for choice in the European summertime, it doesn’t get much better than 10 days on the shimmering French Riviera—cue glorious sun, sumptuous food and wine, and cool, crisp dips in the azure waters of the Mediterranean.

Walking the Wales Coast Path

Wales has for long played second fiddle to England’s moors and fells as a destination for the UK’s trail walkers, but it now offers a unique path that puts it squarely near the top of the trail walking bucket list.

Undiscovered Italy: Food and Lodging in Polsine

In my recent article, Polsine Italy: Two Rivers Run Through it, I told you about a series of attractions in Polesine, an area of northeast Italy which is sadly overlooked and seriously overshadowed by neighboring Venice.

A Perfect Day in Venice

There’s nowhere in the world quite like Venice with its winding canals and teeny-tiny bridges, age-old churches, and local artisan shops that sell everything from delicate antiques to colorful papier-mâché masks.

Polesine, Italy: Two Rivers Run Through it

You don’t have to drive Apollo’s sun chariot to find yourself in close proximity to the Po River of Northern Italy.

Ireland’s Ancient Burial Mounds

Older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza! My passion for archeology spikes with the thought of seeing 5,000 year-old-tombs!

The Temple of Philae: A Treasure on the Nile


  My Egyptian adventure begins at Aswan where I have arrived with a small group of travel journalists from Canada.

Preview London’s Top Sights


  If you are planning a trip to London, you can take a preview tour of London’s most popular attractions from a new perspective.

A Brief History of Spain

Before embarking on a trip to Spain, learning a bit about its history can make your trip more meaningful.

On the James Joyce Trail in Trieste

The city of Trieste is in border country. Follow the coast all the way around, as James Joyce did in the early years of the twentieth century, and pretty soon you’ll be in Slovenia, with Croatia just a few miles further south.

On the James Joyce Trail in Trieste


  The city of Trieste is in border country. Follow the coast all the way around, as James Joyce did in the early years of the twentieth century, and pretty soon you’ll be in Slovenia, with Croatia just a few miles further south.

On the James Joyce Trail in Trieste


  The city of Trieste is in border country. Follow the coast all the way around, as James Joyce did in the early years of the twentieth century, and pretty soon you’ll be in Slovenia, with Croatia just a few miles further south.

The Loire’s Castles and Gardens

Touring in the Loire Valley means you don’t have to travel far to see the grand chateaus and pretty villages that dot the landscape. John and I stayed in one place, Chenonceaux, and found a multitude of treasures on short day trips along and over the rivers that wind through this green, broad valley.

The Loire’s Castles and Gardens


  Touring in the Loire Valley means you don’t have to travel far to see the grand chateaus and pretty villages that dot the landscape. John and I stayed in one place, Chenonceaux, and found a multitude of treasures on short day trips along and over the rivers that wind through this green, broad valley.


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