Da Adolfo: Positano, Italy

A fixture of the Positano harbor, the Da Adolfo is not your average fishing boat. The small vessel, adorned with a giant placard of a red fish, begins shuttling passengers out to sea around 11:00 a.m. But the boatloads of customers are not going on an expedition to catch their lunches; they’re going to eat […]

Three Days in Florence, Italy

Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence captures this beautiful part of history like no other city. Visitors will marvel at their classic, artful surroundings; even the smallest of the city’s details seem to reflect an ancient age of enlightenment. For more visuals and a map of this itinerary, please visit its Pinterest travel […]

The Lake Como Greenway: Lake Como, Italy

My journey along the Greenway del Lago di Como started at the popular Villa Carlotta and would eventually take me past the famous Villa Balbianello. But it’s the smaller pleasures that I found along the lakeside footpath that evoke my strongest desires to return to Lake Como. At times cutting up into the hillsides, the […]

Four Days in Rome, Italy

First-time visitors to Rome should pack their travel itineraries with classic sights; what’s a visit to this storied city without a trip to the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps? But new visitors can get a taste of local life by sampling the city’s famous cuisine in restaurants frequented by Romans. For more visuals and a […]

Lake Como: My Italian Seductress

Lake Como: My Italian Seductress

My heart has belonged to France. Disillusioned by the monotony of cubicle life years ago, my desires gradually drifted away from developing a career as a statistician. During my precious three weeks of vacation per year, France lured me in with her elegant language, rich cream sauces, and Grand Cru champagne. The American corporate ladder […]

The Ten Most Relaxing Places in Europe

The Ten Most Relaxing Places in Europe

Many Americans visit Europe to sample its cultural offerings, hopping from museum to castle to cathedral in order to make the most of their long and expensive flights across the Atlantic. We tend to opt for the Caribbean or Hawaii when we want some R&R.  But there are plenty of spots in Europe that are better […]