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

Istanbul – The Home of Two Continents

The first thing I can say about Istanbul is, I can’t wait to go back. I purposely took a longer flight back to the US with a 24-hour layover just to have the… Continue reading

2014 French Open – Roland Garros Paris

After years and years of watching the French Open on a television set from the other side of the Atlantic, I finally got the chance to attend in person this year. Four matches later… Continue reading

Paris in the Summertime

I believe I can comfortably say that Parisiens love to sit around and talk. Hanging out with friends at a café or along the Seine are well-established pastimes. The Canal Saint-Martin, which runs… Continue reading

Exploring Prague, Czech Republic – Part II

During this recent trip to Prague, I was blessed with a few days of great sunlight. I most often like my photos to be filled with bright sunlight but since it was rising… Continue reading