Postcards from a solo adventure traveler…
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.
Best known for its medieval Old Town and its spectacular Baroque Place Stanislas, Nancy, the once capital of the Duchy of Lorraine, is also home to France’s richest Art Nouveau heritage.
Recently reopen after extensive renovations, the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris is the history museum of the city and its people from the Mesolithic times to the present. Although often overlooked by tourists, it is well worth a visit.
Commissioned during the 12th century by Sicily’s Norman rulers and largely the work of Greek mosaicists brought to Sicily from Constantinople, some of the most breathtaking examples of Byzantine mosaics in the world decorate the churches and cathedrals in and around Palermo.
Once known to the Greeks as Akragas, Agrigento was founded around 580 BC by settlers from Rhodes and Crete, and soon became one of the preeminent cities of the Hellenic world. The memories of its grandeur can still be found today in The Valley of the Temples.
On the south-western coast of Sicily, the ancient city of Selinunte was once one of the richest and most influential cities in the Hellenic World. Today, its awe-inspiring ruins make it one of the largest archaeological sites in Europe.
From early Phoenician settlements to modern coastal towns, the ports of Marsala and Mazara del Vallo narrate three millennia of rich Sicilian history.
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…