How Good is Your River Cruise Company?

How Well Your River Cruise Operator Handles a Crisis is a Mark of the Company's Reputation: Our Uniworld Paris & the Heart of Europe Cruise was supposed to be on the River Princess starting in Vienna on June 23rd. The early June flooding of the Danube  and other European rivers caused havoc … [Read more...]

Rue Montorgueil – A Foodie’s Paradise

Rue Montorgueil Is a Must-Visit for Anyone Who Loves Food: One of the more interesting and vibrant streets in the 1st and 2nd arrondissements of Paris is rue Montorgueil. The bustling nature of this pedestrian street was captured by Monet in his 1878 painting. Today rue Montorgueil is famous … [Read more...]

Portofino – The Jewel of the Italian Riviera

Nicknamed the "Pearl of the World", Portofino is Absolutely Gorgeous: Once a humble fishing village, Portofino's picturesque harbour is the most exclusive bay and upmarket resort in Italy. In this town, built around the small harbour, there are plenty of upmarket designer boutiques, luxury … [Read more...]

San Gimignano’s Towers of Wealth and Power

The San Gimignano Towers are Famous All Over the World: San Gimignano is famous for the medieval towers that dominate its skyline. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, there were once an amazing 72 lofty houses towering above this small Tuscan hill-town. These days only 13 of the San Gimignano … [Read more...]

Libreria Acqua Alta – A Hidden Gem in Venice

Libreria Acqua Alta is a Unique Second-hand Bookshop with an Eccentric Owner: Wandering around Castello, we came across the Libreria Acqua Alta, a bookshop whose welcome sign says that it is "the most beautiful Bookshop in the World". To me, that was like waving a red flag to a bull as I thought … [Read more...]

Castel Gandolfo – The Summer Residence of the Pope

Castel Gandolfo - The Summer Residence of the Popes Since the 17th Century: From Frascati, a town with a reputation for its white wine, we travelled to Castel Gandolfo, a town best known as the summer residence of the Pope. Castel Gandolfo is a small town with a population of less than 9,000 … [Read more...]

Gliding the Canals of Venice in an Iconic Gondola

No Trip to Venice is Complete Without a Gondola Ride: It's been decades since I took my last gondola ride and it came as a surprise to me to see the large number of gondolas gliding on the canals of Venice filled with willing customers. Some may say that gondola rides are touristy or tacky, … [Read more...]

A Visit to the Rialto Fish Market to See What’s Cooking in Venice

Rialto Fish Market - Mercato del Pesce in Venice: Getting up early for sightseeing isn't our idea of a fun thing to do on holidays, but to catch the action at the Rialto fish market (Mercato del Pesce) we made the effort. To see the stallholders receiving their barge loads of seafood supplies … [Read more...]