Postcards from a solo adventure traveler…
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.
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.
Wedged in a remote corner of the Baltic seashore, Riga, the capital Latvia, is a destination often omitted from tourist itineraries. Yet it is widely recognized by architecture buffs as the Art Nouveau capital of Europe.
Riga is a city few travelers can place on a map. Yet, as the capital of Latvia and a prosperous Baltic trade center since Medieval times, it offers a unique legacy of the evolution of northern European architecture over the past 800 years.
Known to the French as La Ville Rose after the distinctive pink brick used to construct its historic center, Toulouse is all too often overlooked by visitors. Those who do visit, however, are rewarded with the elegance of its architecture, its superb local food and the welcoming, laidback attitude of the Toulousains.
For two days in 79 AD, death rained down on the Roman towns surrounding Mount Vesuvius. Buried for 1700 years under 50 feet of lava, Herculaneum became a unique time capsule of daily life in Ancient Rome.
A unique multimedia installation transforms a nineteenth century iron foundry in a once industrial neighborhood of Paris into a cutting-edge digital art experience.
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.
A short boat ride away from its legendary center lay a Venice few tourists ever see: small islands scattered throughout the lagoon, each with its own history and personality.
Separated by the Grand Canal from the shuffling crowds of San Marco, the Dorsoduro District is home to the most inviting House Museums in the city: the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation and the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum of 18th century Venice.
Beyond the grand tourist clichés of the central St. Mark district, in the labyrinth of ancient side canals and back alleys of the Castello, Venice lives on as it has for centuries.
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…