Castellars of Catalunya

Living history in Tarragona

Who wouldn't thrill to a private performance of just about anything in a Roman ruin? Tom and I recently returned from a week aboard...
rainbow

Deliciously local in West Lisbon

Lisbon's breadbasket is in its western reaches, in the hills and valleys that cradle the Tagus above the capitol and tumble westward in fertile...
Basler Herbstmesse

Sampling Basler Herbstmesse

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

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

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

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...
lake Lucerne

Celebrating Swiss National Day

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

Old Timer Cars in Baden-Baden

Several times in my years in Europe, I have seen road rallies featuring old cars, beautifully restored and maintained. I enjoy seeing sturdy piston...
Figueira da Foz

In search of Portuguese flavors

When Tom and I traveled in Portugal last year, we gloried in its varied landscapes, magnificent sunsets, and vibrant history. We visited cities bedecked...
coffee

Why is coffee in Portugal so good?

Any coffee lover who has traveled in Portugal knows that nothing makes Pastel de nata go down better than a good cup of coffee--uma...

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