Arles and Avignon: UNESCO Treasures of Provence, France

Cathedral of Notre Dame des Doms and Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), Avignon

What do popes, an ancient stone bridge and a Roman arena have in common? There are many possible answers—such as Rome—but after my recent trip to the Provence region of France, what comes to my mind are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the historic city centers of Arles and Avignon. Arles: City of the […]

10 Things to Do in Historic Mainz, Germany

Mainz Cathedral

Be prepared to walk in Germany, Germans are very practical, and everyone walks, no matter the weather. Luckily, my friend Jenny and I really love to walk and the historic part of western Germany known as Rhineland-Palatinate (German: Rheinland-Pfalz) is perfect for meandering by foot, as we found as guests of Historic Highlights of Germany. We’ve put […]

Iberia with Insight, Part 3: Seville, Spain

Oranges in Seville autumn

This is the third in a three-part series about Cynthia Cunniff’s tour through Portugal and Southern Spain with Insight Vacations. Check out the first story, on Lisbon, here and the second, on Évora, Portugal, here. Cynthia, on Insight Vacations: “My trip through Iberia can planned on your own, but I highly advise looking into Insight Vacations if you want to […]

Iberia with Insight, Part 2: Évora, Portugal

Évora town square

This is the second in a three-part series about Cynthia Cunniff’s tour through Portugal and Southern Spain with Insight Vacations. Check out the first story, on Lisbon, here. Cynthia, on Insight Vacations: “My trip through Iberia can planned on your own, but I highly advise looking into Insight Vacations if you want to take the biggest, most robust […]

How to spend a long layover in London

South Kensington, London

I’m an American expat based in West London, which isn’t far from London Heathrow Airport (LHR). A lot of flights from the US to Europe, Africa and the Middle East leave passengers with a layover in London, and it’s easy to get out and explore the city on stopovers of five hours or more. If I […]

Iberia with Insight, Part 1: 24 Hours in Lisbon, Portugal

Our Lady of Bethlehem, in Lisbon

This is the first in a three-part series about Cynthia Cunniff’s tour through Portugal and Southern Spain with Insight Vacations. Check out the second story, on Évora, Portugal, here. Cynthia, on Insight Vacations: “My trip through Iberia can planned on your own, but I highly advise looking into Insight Vacations if you want to take the biggest, most […]

3 Paris day trips for remembering America’s role in World War I

La Croix Rouge Farm in Picardy

World War I engulfed Europe from 1914 to 1918, and a century later commemorative activities are now underway across the continent. Americans joined the war in 1917, and for those who wish to walk in the footsteps of the “doughboys”—as American troops were then called—there are plenty of things to see. The American Battle Monuments […]

Discovering Provence at Christmas (it’s not over yet!)

"Bravade Calendale in Aix-en-Provence Photo Credit: Philippe NOU"

You’ve probably seen photos of endless lavender fields, tanned vacationers strolling Mediterranean beaches and promenades, and couples sipping Provençal rosé wines on countryside villa terraces. That’s the Provence, France, of spring and summer most well-known to travelers. Those are all beautiful sights to see and activities to enjoy in this part of southern France, but […]