Marseille, France

In 2013 Marseille and Provence were named the European Capital of Culture by the European Union. Commonly referred to as MP2013, this prestigious designation brought about a year’s worth of culture events to… Continue reading

The Vineyards of Champagne, France

The Champagne wine region in northeast France was bursting with color during my recent trip there this fall. Though the annual harvest had already taken place, the vineyards around Hautvillers, Epernay and Reims had… Continue reading

Western Cape, South Africa

A strong wind and ever changing weather are lasting memories from my trip to Cape Town, South Africa. This past year I had a quick weekend trip there at the height of their… Continue reading

Yosemite National Park, California

California’s Yosemite National Park has been one of the US national parks that I have long wanted to visit. Maybe it was learning about John Muir and the conservation movement, the park’s distinctive… Continue reading

The Alsace Region of France

The Alsace region of France has a long and rich history as one of Europe’s major crossroads. The name “Alsace” can be traced to the Old High German Ali-saz or Elisaz, meaning “foreign domain,” according to A Handbook… Continue reading

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The beautiful fall weather made for a very nice introduction to the city of Amsterdam. I took the first train of the day out of Paris on a Friday morning and arrived with… Continue reading

Pont du Gard, France – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Amazingly, the massive first-century Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard was almost completely hidden by the forest until we were just about on top of it. Once you finally do see it, it is… Continue reading

Tour de Provence

Provence is one of those places that conjures up a lot of different impression and images, all of which are good. The modern-day region of Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur encompasses a huge part of southern… Continue reading

Berchtesgaden National Park – Bavaria, Germany

As I researched Nationalpark Berchtesgaden in Germany’s Bavaria state it became more and more clear that we might have to deal with Mother Nature during our quick one-day visit. I watched the weather closely as our… Continue reading

Istanbul – The Home of Two Continents – Part II

I thought Istanbul was a great walking city. There was something interesting to see around each corner and at the top of each hill. Despite the fact that I arrived late on a… Continue reading