Postcards from a solo adventure traveler…
In Aix-en-Provence, where the historic center reveals a gem of French Baroque architecture at every turn, the Hôtel de Caumont, recently restored by Culturespaces, once again stands out in all its eighteenth century glory.
June 6th, 1944 marks the pivotal moment in modern history when, on the beaches of Normandy, allied troops from Britain, Canada and the United States set in motion the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi occupation. The memory of their valiant deeds and sacrifice are forever honored on the D-Day beaches.
While it’s conceivable to “do” Paris in one day, it’s physically impossible to actually visit the city’s main sites in this short a time. But don’t despair, first time visitor. You can still enjoy your day in Paris. All you need is stamina and a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Lille is a city of great art museums. Open in 1809, its world-famous Palais des Beaux-Arts, one of the first museums to be established in the aftermath of the French revolution, holds the second largest collection in France after the Louvre. In recent decades, the Lille urban area has upheld its pioneering history with the opening of two additional museums that are also fast becoming landmarks of the international art scene.
After three years of extensive renovations, the exquisite eighteenth-century Hôtel Biron, Paris’ Left Bank home of the Rodin Museum, recently re-opened its doors
A flourishing center of industry since the Middle Ages and a coal production powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, Lille, France’s northern most city, has transcended post World War II challenges to emerge into the twenty-first as a vibrant regional capital of business and art.
Aix-en-Provence is a remarkable center of European history that has managed to preserve the integrity of its rich architectural and cultural heritage while evolving into a thriving and highly livable contemporary city.
The Côte Vermeille is the last stretch of French Mediterranean coastline before the Spanish border. It’s where the rugged, vineyard-covered foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains tumble into the sea. And where Collioure, a sun-drenched fishing village clustered around its massive medieval fortress rises from the sea.
From the massive parade through the largest Chinatown in Europe to the treasure trove collection of Asian Arts of the Musée Guimet, Paris celebrates Chinese New Year with gusto.
Köln to the Germanic world, Cologne to the rest of us, the ancient city on the Rhine and traces back its origins to the first century A.D. as the Roman Colonia. Carnival in Cologne is a tradition almost as old as the history of the city itself. Today it is one of the largest and most popular in Europe.
Nestled along the banks of the Salzbach River in the spectacular foothills of the Austrian Alps, Salzburg beguiles visitors with its fairytale Baroque charm.
The seat of the Habsburg dynasty for over half a millennium and one of the fabled cultural capitals of Europe, today’s Vienna welcomes visitors to the twenty-first century version of the sumptuous romantic city of its imperial days.
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…