Postcards from a solo adventure traveler…
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.
Since the start of the new millennium, France is seeing an explosion of contemporary architectural brilliance from some of the world’s greatest structural and landscape artists. They have conceived a new crop of outstanding museums that go beyond their historic role as custodian of the cultural and artistic heritage of the country to become works of arts onto themselves.
The National Center for Stage Costume is the first institution in France to be entirely dedicated to the preservation, study and display of a unique collection of stage costume and scenography spanning the past two centuries.
From Phoenician shipping settlement to Roman trading center to Medieval Cathar stronghold, the Beziers-Adge area of the Mediterranean coastal plain of the Languedoc is bursting with remains of its rich and varied history.
The first Roman road built in Gaul, Via Domitia left along its route through the Languedoc coastal plain a wealth of ancient treasures to be discovered at leisure.
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.
Summering in Provence – Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Foundation. From Manet to Picasso: The Thannhauser Collection at the Hôtel de Caumont-Art Center.
Tucked into the southwestern corner of Germany, with the Black Forest at the very gates of the city, Freiburg-im-Breisgau is the stuff medieval fairytales are made of.
Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany and one of the busiest seaport in Europe, has been a powerhouse of international trade since the early days of the medieval Hanseatic League. Today this dynamic city steeped in tradition is at the forefront of modernity.
In Bordeaux, the city at very heart of one of the oldest and most revered winemaking regions in the world, the recently opened Cité du Vin takes visitors on a journey of discovery of the varied vineyards and wine cultures on the planet.
Ravaged three centuries ago by a major volcanic eruption, the arid, windswept Spanish island of Lanzarote, off the coast of western Africa, didn’t seem conducive to wine-growing. Yet its inhabitants have managed to create thriving vineyards by shaping a unique landscape of tiny craters of black volcanic ash, each planted with a vine.
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…