Venice is For Romantics

Sep 14, 2015
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  Europe overflows with towns and cities and landscapes that evoke romance. Consider how many poets and composers and writers and painters drew their inspiration from…

Whirlwind Barcelona

Sep 4, 2015
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My favorite Europe guidebook writer, Rick Steves, states in his Spain guidebook that trying to see Barcelona in a day is insane. Rick is right of course, but…

Girona Sightseeing

Aug 29, 2015
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Girona is the main town about a fifteen-minute drive from the Castel d’Escales and well worth a full day visit. The town is a bit off…

Castel d’Escales in Catalonia

Aug 26, 2015
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I begin my six-week sojourn in Europe with a vacation from a vacation—a one-week stay at the evocative Castel d’Escales in Catalonia, Spain. I am…

Take My Picture – Please

Dec 2, 2014
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I don’t particularly mind having my picture taken. I can mug for the camera as well as the next person. What I don’t usually like…

Musical Vienna

Sep 1, 2014
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“A Woman of Note” tells the story of a woman musician just after one of the most fruitful periods in Vienna’s musical history. As a…

Visit to the World’s First Purpose-Built Insane Asylum in Vienna

Aug 31, 2014
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  I’m in Vienna’s extremely lovely airport plugged into  one of the smartest desk arrangements I’ve ever seen. My flight for London leaves shortly so…

Welcome to Vienna

Aug 30, 2014
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I have great intentions to continue blogging in between trips but it doesn’t seem to happen very consistently. And so for the next three weeks,…

Top Ten Things to Do on a Cruise

Jul 4, 2014
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The great thing about a cruise is that you are free to do whatever you want to so long as it can be accomplished within…

Ask for Help—And Don’t Be Surprised When You Get More Than you Bargained For

May 18, 2014
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I don’t know why asking for help has been such a personal challenge for me. Perhaps some pioneer gene buried deep inside my psyche cautions…

Meet the Main Character of my Next Novel – Isabette Grüber

Apr 13, 2014
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This post is part of a game begun by Debra Brown and passed to me by Deborah Swift who graciously provided a “blurb” for the…

Tuscany Wine Tour – An Unforgettable Day Out

Feb 16, 2014
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Why do people love to visit Tuscany so much? Just mention the word “Tuscany” in certain circles and you are greeted with ecstatic sighs and…