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Montmajour Abbey

Montmajour, the Oldest Abbey in Provence


  Vincent Van Gogh visited Montmajour Abbey at least fifty times, he wrote, just to look at the view across the plain.  Today's visitors to Provence, France, are drawn to the abbey for the same... [Read the full story]


Further along “Culture Row” we take a quick walk through the 19th century Kurhaus. The austere white exterior of the Kurhaus—with eight towering Corinthian pillars—belies what lies inside.

Taking the Waters in Baden-Baden, Germany


  The immaculate little town of Baden-Baden, tucked away in the foothills of S.W. Germany’s Black Forest, is a luxurious cross between Monte Carlo, Paris, a spa, and an English park. [caption... [Read the full story]


Guild houses in the Grand Place

One Day in Brussels


  The “wow” factor is high as you walk through the narrow uneven cobblestone alleys to suddenly emerge on the large square at the Grand Place. It’s the number one sight in Brussels, and one... [Read the full story]


Unveiled in 2008, this memorial was initiated and researched by local residents.

The Darker Side of Vienna


Vienna is one of the world’s great cities, even though today she has somewhat the air of a vast museum. But these tourist treasures have stories, some very dark, bitter, and complex. Listen to a native... [Read the full story]


Tallinn - Russian dumplings

Copenhagen and Tallinn: A Fine Vacation Pair


  Copenhagen’s famed art and design museums, grand historical sites, lively urban parks, and dynamic restaurant scene makes it an easy city to love. Flat and manageable in size, the city center’s... [Read the full story]


La Maison Sucrée, a creperie in Eygaliéres, France

Favorite Villages in Provence: Eygalières and Mausanne-les-Alpilles


  Dozens of  inviting villages are scattered throughout sun-drenched Provence, in southern France. Two of my favorites, perhaps because they're lesser known and have such unpretentious charm,... [Read the full story]


Dubrovnik, Croatia. Old Town

Three Romantic Getaways in Europe


  Valentine’s Day, a holiday steeped in romance and devotion, has been inspiring lovers to declare their love for centuries. It’s a day for heartfelt gifts, fancy dinners, pretty jewelry and... [Read the full story]


Limnionas Beach

A Greek Senior Bus Tour in Evvia, Greece


  “Would you like to go on an expedition with a group of Greek seniors?” my friend asked. I was visiting Athens for a few weeks last summer and the word “expedition” piqued my interested.... [Read the full story]


Yorkshire Museum. Although this museum is last on my list, it’s definitely not the least!

York’s Medieval Streets Resound With History


  The Romans knew it as Eboracum. To the Saxons it was Eoforwick. Then the Vikings named it Jorvik. Today we know it as York, England. In Roman times York became such a well-established political... [Read the full story]


Walking in the Footsteps of the Philosophers in Athens

Walking in the Footsteps of the Philosophers in Athens


  If you are wandering the ancient agora in Athens, at the junction of the SW corner near the Boundary Stone that marked the sacred precinct of the square, you will find a row of dwellings or shops.... [Read the full story]


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