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...

10 French phrases that will save you money in Paris

Save money at the markets and beyond with a few simple French phrases. By Bryan Pirolli, Published in EuroCheapo So, you’re feeling like you’ve mastered the “bonjours” and “mercis”? Maybe it’s time to kick it up a notch with some French phrases here and there....

5 Big Paris Tips (and many small ones)

Paris tips for first-time visitors (and seasoned travelers) Ah, Paris, so much to see and do. While I’m definitely just a tourist – been there a mere six times over 30 years – and not a know-it-all guide to the wonderful City of Lights, I have advised several friends...

Spring skiing in Europe

Most Americans travel west to ski. Buck the trend: Fly east, hop The Pond, and ski Europe’s Alps. No North American resort can compete with the mind-boggling expanses of terrain. Think high-alpine bowls and craggy peaks zippered with equally mind-boggling varieties of...