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...
Abbey of San Pietro

Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle, Ferentillo, Italy

Our recent walk on the Cammino di San Benedetto began at a picturesque church in Ferentillo, Umbria. The Romanesque church at Abbazia di San...
Cammino di San Benedetto

Along Italy’s Cammino di San Benedetto

31 October 2016. The earthquakes of October destroyed the Basilica of Saint Benedict in Norcia and have restricted access to the northernmost stretches of...
Cavaillon melon

A Michelin star shines in Cavaillon, France

A vine-ripened Cavaillon melon is fragrant, intensely flavored and juicy, its high sugar content adding sweetness to the fruit's floral aroma. From mid-summer to...

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