Essência do Vinho, Porto

It’s February–Let’s celebrate Portuguese wine!

It’s February, and time to celebrate Portuguese wine! Essência do Vinho, the country’s most important wine fair, has just concluded in Porto. Simplesmente Vinho,...
Lisboa wine country

Touring Portugal’s Lisboa wine country

A great pleasure in moving to Portugal has been our introduction to all manner of excellent wines: sparkling, red, wine and fortified. One of...
Lazio

Hospitality, Lazio style

“You must try fario!” our host exclaimed. “Brown trout love our Amiene River,” he continued, “and they thrive only in such pure waters as...
Penedès wine regions

Tasting wine and cava in Catalonia’s DO Penedès

“The more we care for the earth, the better our wine.”  —Bodegas Torres, Penedès Penedès is the largest of Catalonia’s eleven wine regions, stretching between Montserrat...
Cuba

Our year of memory-making travel

You were a tumultuous year, 2016. You brought upheaval and bureaucracy, as Tom and I moved across Europe to a new home. You made...
Havana Centro

Havana Centro in sixteen photos

Havana Vieja--atmospheric and tidy--is where you go with your tour group. Vedado is where you sleep, in five-starred splendor or in a mansion-turned-casa particular....
Flavor memories from Provence

11 food memories from Provence

My memories from Provence are vivid, and at least for now, all from summertime travels there. They are mostly memories of the Luberon, with...
Sunday Lunch

Sunday Lunch

There's nothing quite like a leisurely afternoon spent with family and friends, sharing good food and conversation. In France, this happens just about every...
Casetel di Tora, Italy

Castel di Tora, Italy

Castel di Tora, just over an hour from Rome on the autostrada, is a world away.  Perched on a hill above Lake Turano, the...
Montecassino

Montecassino

Montecassino Abbey is an impressive work of art with extraordinary mosaics, carvings and frescoes, as well as a thriving Benedictine monastery.  Founded by Saint...

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