Graham's 1952 Single Harvest Tawny Port

Tasting the Colheitas of Graham’s

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"Isn't that cool?!" exclaimed our host, raising a goblet of amber-hued liquid and gesturing with it to the distant corners of Palacio do Bolsa's...
Barcelona street art

Street art in Barcelona

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No visit to Barcelona is complete without a good, thorough ogle at street art. From this collaborative work by Cranio and El Pez in...
View from Taylor's Port Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia

On the move with Anita’s Feast

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* An almost endless horizon * Artful expression underfoot and on our plates * * The smell, feel and taste of the sea * Welcoming...
Gingerbread village in Colmar

The Christmas market in charming Colmar

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The gray mist obscuring the turrets and half-timbers of Colmar's Petit Venise was bone-chilling. What happened to the promised sunshine for our outing to...
Basler Herbstmesse

Sampling Basler Herbstmesse

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When Basel's Herbstmesse opened two weeks ago, trees at the Munsterplatz and along the Rhine were still in leaf, billowing bright yellow and burnt...
Vineyard in Lunigiana, Tuscany

Lunigiana: Tuscany’s hidden corner

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Lunigiana, in Tuscany's far northwest corner, is greener, wilder and at least as welcoming as the parts of Tuscany we all know. Vineyards set...
From Paris to Barcelona

Barcelona rocks its street art — then and now

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Catalans have been inscribing, etching and painting their sentiments onto walls in Barcelona for a very long time. A recent street art walk with...
1948 Citroen 2CV

Ritterhaus Chasa de Capol: adventure in Swiss hospitality

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Canton Graubünden is Switzerland's largest, its varied landscapes and villages offering much for discerning travelers to discover. Tom and I recently spent a week...
Schloss Sanssouci palace, centerpiece for the annual Potsdamer Schlössernacht

An evening with kings in Potsdam, Germany

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Once each year on a summer night in August, in the little Prussian town of Potsdam, Germany, magic happens. For one enchanting evening, the...
lake Lucerne

Celebrating Swiss National Day

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Summer is always a good time to experience a range of Swiss cultural traditions. Musicians, flag- and stone- throwers, wrestlers and yodelers all have...
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