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.
A landmark exhibition recently opened at the Louvre in Paris, “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting,” features one third of master’s complete opus and explores his creative relationship with other major artists of the Dutch Golden Age.
Recognized as one of the crown jewels of Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast, the family-run luxury Hotel Santa Caterina is a cliff-side Art Nouveau mansion that has been delighting guests for over a century with flawless service and breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
In a remote corner of the Gulf of Thailand, Santhiya Resort and Spa combines its superb location on the island of Koh Pha-Ngan with a strong commitment to the conservation of its natural and cultural heritage to put in contemporary context the mystique of the historic Kingdom of Siam.
In the heart of Chiang Mai’s Old City, Tamarind Village is a charming boutique hotel that translates ancient Northern Thai architecture into an inviting contemporary version of a traditional Lanna village.
Over the past centuries, the commercial center Chiang Mai, the once capital of the Lanna Kingdom in northern Thailand has shifted eastward from its fortified historic center to an area between its moat and the Ping River, where it is dominated by the famous Vieng Ping Night Bazaar.
Founded over seven centuries ago in the foothills of the Himalayas as the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Lanna, Chiang Mai has preserved within its medieval center the Buddhist treasures and traditions that make it today’s cultural capital of Thailand.
Long shunned by tourists for its gritty reputation, Marseille, the colorful ancient threshold between France and the Mediterranean basin is undergoing a spectacular renaissance. At its core is the new waterfront Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations.
First a flourishing Gallo-Roman center, then a financial and industrial powerhouse, Lyon has long been a fertile ground for museums. From fine arts to the history of silk, and from Gallo-Roman civilization to the invention of the cinema, there are over 20 museums in Lyon to satisfy the most diverse interests.
Over the past three decades, talented local artists have narrated the history of Lyon, France, by turning entire buildings into giant trompe l’oeil frescoes.
The Musée Cernuschi is an exquisite gift from its namesake, nineteenth century economist, financier and passionate Asian art collector Henri Cernuschi to the City of Paris.
The third largest city in France, Lyon is a unique metropolitan center with a 2,000-year history as a commerce, banking and industry powerhouse. From Roman ruins to Renaissance mansions to contemporary skyscrapers, each phase of its evolution has left significant marks on its architectural and cultural heritage.
Long lines are not a prerequisite for an enjoyable museum experience in central Paris. Within walking distance of the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, three of my personal line-free favorites immediately come to mind.
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…