Europe Travel

In The Footsteps Of Twain (Up A Mountain In Switzerland)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Back in 1880, Mark Twain wrote that, “the Rigi-Kulm is an imposing Alpine mass, six thousand feet high, which stands by itself, and commands a mighty prospect of blue lakes, green valleys, and snowy mountains.” Whether Twain himself really was a tramp — as he refers to himself in A Tramp Abroad, his travel memoir […]

Barcelona Dispatch: I’m On A Mountain

Thursday, April 7, 2011

One of the main conundrums for travel bloggers is this: if you’re traveling you’re not on the computer, thus, not much of a blogger. This would be a pretty accurate description of my stay so far in Barcelona. Between the immense amount of everything — tapas, world-class architecture, people, great wine — there has been […]

Turin Steps Up As A Destination City

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Earlier this month Turin, Italy, went off. The red carpet was rolled out for the Italian president, fireworks were lit, two museums opened, and a portion of new metro started rolling. All that was just the pre-party. Similar bashes happened on March 17, 1911, and 1961 — the anniversary of the Italian unification deeming Turin the […]

Barcelona Food: Worth Waiting Up Late To Eat

Friday, March 18, 2011

Is it me or do you notice how there seems to be an onslaught of articles published about a destination you’re traveling to just before you go? I understand, this is completely unscientific, irrational, and probably a tad ego-centric to think this, but I swear, there are some sort of travel writing gurus in the […]

Video: In Honor Of St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday, March 17, 2011

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day today, I thought I’d dust off an oldie but goodie: my Dublin travel video. In this video I basically roam around the Guiness Storehouse, but in Part Two, I head to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, an appropriate destination for today. It’s been a while since I took a look […]

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 […]

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