Europe Travel

Go East Young Traveler (Europe That Is)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Now that it’s already March, it’s that time of year when travelers enter those glorious early stages of summer travel planning. For those of you looking to Europe this summer, Lonely Planet recently put together this list of six spots in Eastern Europe where you’ll see sights comparable in spectacle and experience as their more […]

A Bike Community Grows In Albania

Monday, February 14, 2011

Rule of the Road In Tirana, Albania, cars are king. Pedaling my bike among dense vehicular traffic in this small country in the western Balkans, I switched into warrior mode. I was vastly outnumbered. It always amazed me that personal car ownership, now widespread, has only been a reality here for two short decades. During […]

Why Norway Rocks

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I’ve been proudly aware of my Norwegian-ism since my third grade family tree project. Apparently whoever greeted my great-grandfather at Ellis Island was in too much of a hurry to ask the spelling of my last name, so from that point on Jon Wigg has been Jon Wick — which has worked out fine for […]

The Conquest Of Tarifa, Spain

Monday, November 29, 2010

By Robin Graham In the year 711, Tariq Ibn Ziyad — a Berber general — landed near the southern tip of Spain with 7,000 men, at the burning edge of the wildfire that was the Arab Empire — the House of Islam. In just a few years they were to conquer almost all of Spain, […]

Rome By The Glass

Monday, October 25, 2010

By Jude Polotan Poor Giordano Bruno. Ten years before Galileo would take the same stance, this former Dominican friar had the temerity to assert that the sun and not the Earth was the center of the universe, earning him a spot front and center in Rome’s Campo di’ Fiore, where he was burned at the […]

The Vineyards Of Sardinia

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

As a wine enthusiast I wait anxiously for autumn to arrive. The crisp, pleasant weather slowly transforms the landscape into a magnificent palette of auburn, jade, and gold, and ripens the vines to picking perfection. Fortunately, I can spend most weekends during the season admiring these vistas while getting merry at tastings offered at the […]

The Badass European 4WD Camping Rig Festival (Or Something Like That)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spurred on by this month’s photo contest of “Adventure Travel” (check it out here), I was curiously flipping through the virtual pages of  The Adventure Life magazine when I came across a photo essay on the entrants in this year’s 12th annual Abenteur and Allrad Overland Festival in Belgium, what I learned to be the […]

Deep Breath: The Alhambra At Night Is Worth The Hassle

Monday, September 6, 2010

By Robin Graham I bet Washington Irving didn’t have to put up with any of this. Getting a ticket to visit that great treasure of Islamic art and culture, the Alhambra — made famous by Irving himself, among others — is no easy task. It isn’t that it’s hard to find; there’s a website for […]

This Is Why You Want To Visit Gracia In Barcelona

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gràcia, smack in the middle of Barcelona, wasn’t always just a district in the city, but was once its own village, and as the NY Times points out in their recent photo essay on the ‘hood, “it’s never lost that village feeling and remains a jumble of narrow streets and tree-shaded plazas dotted with Art […]

Video: Seville, Spain, And Its Crazy Connection To Phoenix

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Phoenix is a city in Arizona, but it’s also the name of a band from Paris, and their song appears in the above video featuring shots from Seville, a city in Spain. Phoenix (the city) also has a lot of people of Spanish descent. See where I’m going with this? If so, please let me […]

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