Europe

There’s something about Bilbao

Have you ever traveled to a new city, and as soon as you arrived, it somehow just felt right?  Like you could easily move there, and fit right in?   It’s hard to put [...]

Barcelona Balconies

There’s no shortage of architectural beauty in Barcelona.  I especially love the variety and ornateness of the many balconies that adorn the buildings in the city. [...]

Consider Tarragona

Do you know about Tarragona?  No, not the herb. (That’s tarragon!)  Tarragona is a city in Catalonia, on the Spanish Mediterranean, about 100 km west of Barcelona. [...]

Hot Spanish nights

When I think of Spain, I think: hot sun, gorgeous architecture, and lots of great food and wine.  And when it’s too hot to stay inside everybody heads outdoors, [...]

New Street Art

I’m always on the lookout for colorful and interesting street art when I travel.  Sometimes it’s just a fun sign for a local business, other times a [...]

I spy, with my little eye…

Something starting with the letter “C”.   Whether I’m walking in Paris, biking around my neighborhood in Besançon, or skipping down the street in Seattle, [...]

Walking in Florence

Firenze!   A short visit was long enough to see why so many people consider it their favorite city in Italy.  When it comes to Florence, a picture really is worth a [...]

Cinque Terre, without the crowds

Yes, it’s still possible.  Despite the fact that millions of Americans have added Cinque Terre to their bucket lists, you can still visit and enjoy the Five [...]

The sandwich board is your friend

Exploring a new city on foot is a good way to work up a healthy appetite.  Oh, but where to eat?  Since I like to be spontaneous, the sandwich board is my friend.  An [...]