The Monastery of the Avellanes (hazel nut trees-which were grown on the ...
When it comes to pastoral scenery, it’s hard to beat the Burgundy ...
Kris and I meet up with my brothers, my mother, and all ...
When it comes to color and natural beauty it’s hard to beat ...
If you come to Granada with no advance reservations to get into ...
The Monastery of the Avellanes (hazel nut trees-which were grown on the monastery grounds) is a bit of an oddity among our many visits to churches and monasteries all over the world. Yes, a good part of the original 12th Century monastery is there, including this charming window portrait of Saint Lawrence in the chapel, […]
The Contest Every two or three weeks, travel bloggers from all over the world participate in what is called Travel Photo Roulette. It’s an ongoing contest that allows travel bloggers to feature their best photos in a wide range of categories. I’ve entered the contest a number of times, and I’m excited to say that […]
When it comes to pastoral scenery, it’s hard to beat the Burgundy region of France. We took a few bus trips through the countryside as part of tours organized by Viking River Cruises. We took a cruise from Avignon up the Rhone and Saone Rivers from Viking, and each day while we were docked was […]
We were introduced to Peter and Tracy McDermott through a mutual acquaintance, and suddenly the four of us were meeting for dinner in Copenhagen. That was in April 2014, when Tracy and Peter were just embarking on their extended travels, and we were making our first forays into Scandinavia. Now, with more than a year […]
Kris and I meet up with my brothers, my mother, and all the various kids, grandkids, spouses, and boy and girl friends once a year at Lake Okoboji in Iowa. It was one of the best things my Dad and Mom ever did, buying three time share cabins on the lake for a week in […]
When it comes to color and natural beauty it’s hard to beat mountains and desert. When you have both, such as in Wadi Rum, Jordan–and when I get up before dawn to shoot them–you have a combo that’s hard to beat. Wadi Rum is spectacular for many reasons. It’s so beautiful, and stark at the […]
I haven’t been to every art museum in Europe, but I’ve been to many. There are a lot of good ones: The Uffizi in Florence, The Vatican Museum in Rome, The Louvre in Paris, The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. They all have at least one work, and usually several, that rank among the best in the […]
If you come to Granada with no advance reservations to get into the Alhambra, chances are that you’re going to have to wait a few days. But, you need not worry, there’s plenty to see. I recommend buying the multi entry Granada ticket, which costs €33.50 for three days and gets you into the Alhambra […]
A weird RyanAir-induced layover allowed me to visit Málaga, unexpectedly. I spent one night there, my first visit to this popular town on Spain’s southern coast, and it amounted to about six hours of walking around to get a feel for the city. I found Málaga full of surprises. My expectations weren’t terribly high; […]
The first time we visited the Cathedral of Toledo so many years ago, it was only the third Gothic cathedral we’d seen. Westminster Abbey is such a jumble it’s a little hard to get your head around it. And Notre Dame in Paris is, for all its beauty, still rather simple. There’s not a lot […]