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Shoehorned onto an islet that been guarding the entrance to its harbor since the sixteenth century, Old San Juan remains an historical jewel steeped in Old World charm.
There is no surer way to keep the impending winter at bay than a leisurely late fall escapade around the sun-drenched islands of the Caribbean. And in these dark days of Coronavirus confinement, the glorious days aboard the Silver Whisper make for especially precious memories – and a reminder that my traveling days will return.
Home to the Alhambra, the most emblematic tribute to seven centuries of Islamic legacy to the Iberian Peninsula, the Andalusian city of Granada retains a Moorish atmosphere to this day.
Although Cordoba had been an important settlement since Roman times, it was the Moors’ conquest in the eighth century a.d. that gave it the Mezquita, one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture in the world.
Throughout Andalusia, displays of Catholic might compete with the memories of Moorish rule. Especially in Seville, where the largest Gothic cathedral in the world sits on the site of the great 12th century Aljiama mosque, just a few steps away from the magnificent Alcàzar palace, built by Christian kings in the post-Islamic Mudéjar style.
The Spanish province of Andalusia is a land of striking contrasts. From ancient white villages and cities dominated by Moorish palaces to artisan vineyards nested in the rugged valleys of the Sierra Nevada mountains, it is a fascinating road trip destination.
Considered the most Roman city outside of Italy, the southern French city of Nîmes is a showcase of some of the best preserved vestiges of the Roman Empire to be found anywhere.
French Polynesia’s Society Islands have attracted visitors ever since English explorer Captain James Cook first landed on the shores of Tahiti in 1769. But it is 20th century cinema that revealed Bora Bora and Mo’orea as the most romantic islands in the world.
Created eons ago by volcanoes, the Society Islands of French Polynesia have evolved into the dreamy landscapes of soft mountains covered by lush jungle greenery, silky white coral sand beaches and crystalline lagoons of South Seas fantasies
Craggy volcanic cliffs soaring from the South Seas at the far end of the word, the sparsely inhabited islands of the Marquesan archipelagos retain their lost-in-time mystique.
Wild mountains soaring in brooding isolation from a cobalt sea, the Marquesas are magnificent. Through the centuries, the islands have attracted many an escapee from western “civilization”, and their siren song can still be heard today.
Experiencing the magic of the Islands of Tahiti aboard the M/S Paul Gauguin.
A charity hospital foundation from the Middle Ages, the Hospices de Beaune complex is one of the finest examples of medieval civil architecture in France. Its flamboyant Gothic buildings, polychrome roofs and rich art collection make this museum one of Burgundy’s gems.
Burgundy has been a crossroad of trade routes and a center of civilization since Celtic tribes dominated Europe throughout the first millennium B.C. From Gallic vestiges to medieval monasteries, the proud history of the region is written in its remarkable archeological sites.
Long before its wines made it world-famous, Burgundy, with Dijon as its capital, was an area of intense human activity. A crossroad of Celtic trade routes, the city is an ideal departure point to explore the rich archeological heritage of the region.
Matera, one of the oldest living cities in the world, is also one of Italy’s best-kept secrets.
Created by Giotto in the early 14th century, the Scrovegni Chapel cycle of 37 frescoes it is widely recognized as one of the milestones in the evolution of European art.
Venice requires no introduction. The fabled destination is on everyone’s European wishlist, a distinction that from Easter through October can turn it into a chaotic citywide museum. But come winter the tourists fade away, the Venetians reclaim their city and the Serenissima becomes once again serene.
I was barely in my teens when travel became a driving force in my life. Now as a travel writer and photographer, I have visited over 45 countries in some of the most photogenic corners of the planet, taking tens of thousands of pictures along the way. With my work, I thrive to capture the natural and cultural uniqueness of each area I visit. Get to know me better…