How foreign street signs can make you an ugly tourist

How foreign street signs can make you an ugly tourist

Are you the ugly tourist on vacation or blithely ignorant? If you live in a tourist region, as I do, or if you travel a lot, you’ve certainly witnessed tourists being stupid, if not outright acting badly. Some comments or actions are merely funny, while others rise to...
Power in the Pyrenees — royalty, monks, and magic

Power in the Pyrenees — royalty, monks, and magic

The western Pyrenees — in and out of France and Spain from castles to caldrons The Pyrenees are among my favorite mountain ranges. They are imposing and cut a clear swath between France and Spain. However, these mountains are still welcoming, gentle at times, and...
How to keep a teenager engaged during time in Rome

How to keep a teenager engaged during time in Rome

Every monument tells a story and one teens will remember I’ve been involved in planning a trip to Italy with a focus on Rome and Venice. The grandson of a good friend of mine is coming along. I need to show him Rome for teenagers. He is in 7th grade and just...