Europe Travel

Lessons Learned Having Lunch With The World’s Most Famous Butcher

Monday, March 13, 2017

As I parked my car, my belly began to rumble. I hadn’t eaten anything since Friday afternoon, almost 24 hours before. No need to waste stomach space when you’re going to visit the world’s most famous butcher, after all. I was in the small, hilltop village of Panzano in Chianti, in the scenic countryside between […]

Naked On The Loveliest Beach In The World

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Steep, narrow and lacking guardrails, the crumbling cement road to Myrtiotissa Beach, Greece, appears to be headed over a cliff, and my husband, two young daughters and I along with it. Leaving the car parked slantwise along the shoulder, we continue on foot, the trill of cicadas rising and falling in the dusty summer heat. […]

I Took A River Cruise Through The South Of France. Yes, Really.

Monday, January 23, 2017

As I sat in the lounge of our longship nursing a freshly poured glass of wine, I looked around the room. Of the roughly 150 or so people attentively listening to the Entertainment Director’s welcome introduction (one of eight such all-hands-on-deck speeches we would hear over the next eight days), I found I could group […]

February in Gozo

Sunday, September 18, 2016

In my mind, I will always envision Malta as paradise. I realize much of this is down to timing — conditions that couldn’t be replicated. Leaving a dreary Scottish February at 1 a.m. and waking up among palm trees; exploring a new place without hoards of other tourists; a first one-on-one trip with a first […]

Embracing The Unexpected In Thunder God’s Forest

Sunday, March 20, 2016

It was a bleak afternoon in July as we sped out of Reykjavik, our destination a wilderness area in South Iceland called Thorsmörk, or “Thunder God’s Forest.” Rain pelted the bus’s windows, further obscuring our view of the fog-shrouded countryside. The yellow headlights of oncoming traffic whizzed by in a blur. Sweating under too many […]

Riding In Jeeps With Strangers In Macedonia

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Macedonia town of Skopje disappeared from the rear-view mirror of our jeep about 9 miles ago. The road has become narrower and is starting to wind back and forth. My stomach is doing flip-flops. I glance over at Oliver who I met just a couple hours ago and marvel at the fact that he’s […]

Missing Paris: Running The Paris Marathon

Monday, May 4, 2015

Seven miles into the Paris Marathon I was content, blissfully lost in the illustrious City of Light. But then I saw the pacesetter and I was hooked. So fanatically attached to the mythical four-hour mark, I missed it all. Focused on the clock, I missed Paris. Well, almost. The day before the Paris Marathon, I […]

The Sound Of Music And Rain In Salzburg

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

When the airport of a city or town is named after a local but deceased celebrity, upon arrival in said city one can expect a challenge in avoiding the posthumous paraphernalia and celebration of the eponymous home-grown hero. For example, touching down at Liverpool’s John Lennon airport, one can expect to be inundated in the […]

Book Excerpt: ‘The French House’ By Don Wallace

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The following is an excerpt from The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All, by Don Wallace. Chapter one Far Breton It’s another day in Kerbordardoué. Up at eight, before the others. The sun doesn’t set until nine thirty or ten during summer at this latitude, so it […]

Come Visit Catalonia’s Tavascan With Your Fun Group Of Friends

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tavascan, in Catalonia, Spain, is a ski resort/national park where you can spend the weekend if you happen to live in nearby Barcelona and had a group of good-looking friends who dress well and prepare food much better than you can make. I’m pretty sure you can still go even if none of those things […]

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