THE ACROPOLIS – THE SYMBOL OF DEMOCRACY

Most visitors to Athens spend only one day in route to the Greek Islands. I don’t blame them; After all, over 90% of Athens is an urban concrete sprawl with little to entice the tourist dollar. However, Athens has something other destinations don’t have – THE ACROPOLIS! Yes, that…

ALL ROADS DID LEAD TO ROME

Built circa 312 BC, the Appian Way was the largest, widest, and fastest road of its time. And where did it go? Why Rome of course! For hundreds of years, the Appian Way connected two great civilizations via the port of Brindisi, which was the gateway to Greece. Today, the…

ORVIETO: THE JEWEL OF UMBRIA

Perched proudly on a tufa pedestal, Orvieto is not afraid to flaunt its beauty to anyone who visits. We, of course, were easily won over by this Umbrian Jewel. Orvieto, an easy day trip from Rome or Florence, offers those who willingly surrender to its charm a view of Italian…

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2016

I always get excited when New Year’s Eve rolls around. For those who know me know that I’m usually in bed by 9:00 p.m. My excitement is not for all the parties I won’t be attending. On the contrary, my excitement is for the trips…

A VERY BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO THE PONT DU GARD

Built over 2000 years ago, Pont du Gard is one of the oldest and most beautiful Roman structures still standing today. The original aqueduct carried water from Uzes to Nimes. Today, however, it attracts more than a million tourists each year second only to Mont St. Michel outside of Paris…

CAPRI – AN EASY DAY TRIP FROM SORRENTO, ITALY

I’m not sure when I fell in love with the idea of traveling to Capri. It most likely occurred after watching the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, starring Diane Lane. Or, it could have been after the movie, Only You, featuring a youthful Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey, Jr…

VACATION RENTALS VS. HOTELS – TEN THINGS TO CONSIDER

Vacation rentals have been gaining popularity in the last decade and for good reason. I often get asked which I prefer. My answer…it depends. When deciding between a vacation rental and a hotel stay, there are many factors I consider. First – how long am I staying in a location…

A STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE: BARCELONA

It’s 8:00 p.m. and I have not slept in over thirty hours. My body is aching from lack of sleep yet despite this, Barcelona reminds me that the night is young and there is much to do…