Umbria, Tuscany’s next door neighbor, has not been as celebrated and glorified. Yet that often-overlooked region encompasses artistic, scenic and other treasures that reward those who seek them out. For starters, Umbria boasts a setting of magnificent landscapes. The jagged Apennine Mountains lead to rolling hillsides that flatten into lush valleys blanketed by fields of wildflowers.
I have a confession: I’m a food junkie and I’m never going to change. No matter where I travel, there’s no such thing as leaving a place without checking out where the locals shop. If I’m buying gifts, some of the best ones can be found in local markets.
Any travelers who enjoy train travel at all owe it to themselves to ride The Canadian at least once in their life. Do it sooner rather than later, as the very favorable exchange rate (about 75 US cents buys one Canadian dollar) makes everything north of the border considerably more affordable.
In our Western-centered world, New Year’s Day has come and gone. But, for millions of others, Chinese New Year Day is celebrated, this year, on January 28th, in numerous countries such as Korea, Vietnam, and many other Asian countries that have Chinese heritage or follow the lunar calendar. This coming year is the year of the rooster.
Walking home to our apartment while exploring Venice, we share a wave through the window with the owner of Baba, our local osteria. Leaving for […]
Whether you’re a skier (or a snowboarder) or not, consider heading to a ski resort if you want to join in an all-out New Year’s Eve celebration. Skiing is such a competitive business that resorts have to pull out all the stops to attract people during the Christmas to New Year’s holiday week. These ski resort new year activities often includes extravagant parties, fantastic entertainers, fun child-focused activities, and spectacular fireworks each New Year’s Eve.
St. Augustine Florida celebrated its 450th anniversary during 2015, and with such a long history, it’s no surprise that the city has its share of ghosts. The St. Francis Inn, the former home and current haunting place of Lily, shares much of the city’s history.
Back in 2013 the US Capitol Dome was slowly covered by an upwardly creeping layer of scaffolding. The lights inside that that scaffolding overpowered the other lights of the city for more than a year as craftsmen worked carefully restoring the crown of our Capitol building. Now, the work is done and the wonders of the restoration are out for Americans to see.
Bavaria, one of the country’s most Catholic states, is renowned for its embrace of Christmas, plus its location, nestled against the Alps, provides plenty of wintry visuals. Here is an overview from the German National Tourist Office of some of Bavaria’s top Christmas activities and sights from the spectacular mountains to castles and holy sites to storied walled cities.
New Orleans scene is more a feeling, an atmosphere, an essence than a brick-and-mortar town, even if some of those buildings are still in decay limbo since Katrina. It’s a city of comedy and tragedy, decadence and elegance, sacred and profane. New Orleans is not a politically correct city, there’s no middle class and there’s no middle ground; it’s a place that celebrates rather than shuns its eccentrics, of which there are many.