Category Archives: European Travel

LOOKING FOR (ITALIAN) LIFE AFTER FLORENCE?

Hundreds of you readers (well, two, to be precise) have asked for an alternative to Florence,  just in case they’re stuck driving circles around that lovely cultural center trying without success to break into the old town itself (see my … Continue reading

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HOW I LEARNED TO HATE FLORENCE…

Before all you lovers of Italian culture build your own big bonfire and set me alight as a modern-day Savonarola, let me explain.  No doubt Florence deserves its reputation as a must-see destination, particularly for travelers discovering the beauties of Italy for the first … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Europe Past: Three More Haunting Tales

Our fascination with  ghosts begins in our earliest years. Perhaps as children we are more open to specters lurking just beyond our everyday reality, and as adults we begin to tune them out.  For the kid in you, here are … Continue reading

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PLANNING YOUR EUROPE TRIP…AND A SAMPLE TASTE OF ROME AND SURROUNDINGS

Unless you’re a frequent traveler to Europe, deciding where to go and how long to stay can seem overwhelming.  Since now is the time to make plans for this travel season, let me share a few tips on what works … Continue reading

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HOW TO EMBARRASS YOURSELF IN A THREE-STAR PARISIAN RESTAURANT

Those of you who follow my posts on traveling in Europe already know that I prefer cozy, family-run restaurants.  We’ve tried the gastronomique route, with all the foam and inventive cooking techniques imaginable.  And it isn’t always easy when two of your … Continue reading

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GREAT TUSCAN RESTAURANTS YOU COULD EASILY MISS

Let’s face it, it’s not difficult to find great food in Italy, but a lot depends on your taste.  And you’ll have your share of disappointments if not careful.  Contrary to popular opinion, you can get a mediocre meal, particularly … Continue reading

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EUROPE IN THE MORNING

What is it about dragging yourself out from under that down comforter, pulling on some clothes, and setting forth on foot early–not five a.m. early, but six, or six-thirty or even seven–when the sun has just begun to reclaim the … Continue reading

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