A farmhouse in Umbria

farmhouse umbria Rooms to Explore visits an Umbrian farmhouse Our temporary Italian home away from home could have been in an upscale hotel – but it wasn’t. Its two spacious bedrooms, comfortable living room and full kitchen had recently been renovated. The antique furnishings,...

Umbria and its medieval gems

Umbria Discover Umbria’s hidden medieval gems In 1996, a book titled Under the Tuscan Sun recounted how author Frances Mayes purchased and restored an abandoned villa in the Tuscany region of Italy. The best-selling volume helped establish that area as a popular...

Walking through Japan

walking through Japan The traffic-clogged streets, towering skyscrapers and dazzling lighted billboards could be in Times Square, New York – but they aren’t. I’m walking through Japan down an ancient trail that snakes through dense woods, over mountain passes and past rushing...