In 125 BC, the major Greek port city of Massalia (now Marseille) in the hellenized region of Southern Gaul, threatened by incursions from the Celto-Ligurian tribes of the Provencal hinterland, called for help from its Roman ally. The Senate sent its armies and within...
In the Cosquer Cave in Marseille, France, a prehistoric treasure trove of rock art paintings lies deep under the sea, unaccessible to anyone but a handful of expert driver-archeologists. Now a precise reproduction of the Paleolithic wonder is open to the public on the Marseille waterfront.
One of the outstanding artist’s house museums in Europe, the Museo Sorolla has preserved the original atmosphere of the Madrid mansion and studio of Spanish impressionist Joachim Sorolla, and it holds the richest collection anywhere of the artist’s works.
Around the turn of the 20th century, Madrid experienced a couple of decades of major urban revival. A variety of styles evolved as local architects reinterpreted designs of previous centuries while embracing the modernist trends from other countries.
With huge collections that bring together many of the best artists ever, Madrid is home to a few of the most widely recognized art museums on the planet — and some that most tourists overlook.
A recently inaugurated exhibition at the Hôtel de Caumont – Art Center in Aix-en-Provence introduces the work of French painter Raoul Dufy (1877 – 1953). Through more than ninety pieces from French and international public and private collections, it reveals the artist’s virtuosity in a wide variety of techniques, from oils to watercolor, drawing, engraving and ceramics.
Americans would call it my guilty pleasure, the French my péché mignon (delightful sin), but to me it is just NIRO by Le Gambetta – my favorite bistronomie restaurant in Aix-en-Provence.
Along with dramatic volcanic scenery and gorgeous sandy beaches, Tenerife, the largest island of Spain’s Canary archipelago, boasts one of the very best climates on the planet, making it a favorite sub-tropical escape for winter-weary Europeans.
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…