Europe

Spending a Day in Linköping:

The Main Square in Gamla Linkoping

There’s No Such Thing As Boredom in This Historic Swedish Town. It was mid-morning when Simon, Otto, a fellow travel blogger, and I were met at the Linköping train station by Maria, our guide for the day. The weather was mild and sunny, we had our schedule in hand and Maria was ready to show […]

Europe

Treasures of Salisbury Cathedral:

Salisbury Cathedral seen from the Cathedral Close

Wondrous Surprises Await You at This Medieval Wiltshire Church What do the Magna Carta, the oldest working clock in the world and the tomb of a British prime minister have in common? They all reside in Salisbury Cathedral. And on a rainy morning in the historic Wiltshire town of Salisbury, Simon, Otto and I discovered […]

Europe

The Ups and Downs of Naples with Context Italy:

Hand-Painted Majolica Tiles in the Cloister of the Clarisses in the Santa Chiara Complex, Naples

How a First-Rate Walking Tour Gives this Popular Italian Destination Fresh Perspective Our descent from the heat of a late Naples morning brought us cool relief, and the knowledge that with every step, we were moving back in time. Fiorella, our Context Italy tour guide had already led us through the cobbled streets of the […]

North America

The Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City, South Dakota:

Children's Library Lab at the Journey Museum in Rapid City

Planning a Trip to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial? Do This First It was mid-afternoon in Rapid City when we met Troy Kilpatrick, Executive Director of the Journey Museum and Learning Center. Although my brain was, as always, willing, my feet groaned out a protest following a day of standing and walking. But as […]

Accommodation / Europe

Hotel Carlemany, Girona, Spain:

Sculpture in the Lobby of Hotel Carlemany

Hospitality and Heart Define this Costa Brava Hotel As we drove slowly through the center of Girona in search of our accommodations, what we saw was anything but awe-inspiring. Perhaps it was the long drive from Guadalajara, or the fact that we were just plain tired, but everything around us seemed drab and uninteresting. But […]

Miscellaneous

The Truth About All That Free Stuff:

Old Town Linkoping

A Travel Writer’s Inside View of Familiarization (Fam) Trips A fellow member of an online travel writers group to which I belong posted a question about how to get the ‘free stuff’. Before I could put fingers to keys in order to tear him a new one, others had already done a masterful job of […]

Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #100] The Best WOW of Them All:

And the winner is… It has been 100 weeks since I began sharing some of the WOW experiences of the Six Legs and husband and photographer, Simon. Since then, I have written little else on this blog. Now, the time has come to move on. So this will be the last Weekly WOW. When I […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #099] The Mysterious Circles of Avebury, England:

Part of Avebury Circle in Wiltshire

Teachable, Touchable Stones that are Anything But Ordinary. “If you like Stonehenge, Avebury will blow you away.” It was this piece of advice, along with a chance meeting, that led us to a WOW of an experience. Simon, Otto and I had just spent two extraordinary days in Wiltshire, and were on our way to Derby, […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #098] Medieval Mikvah in Besalu, Spain:  

Candelabra in the Besalu Mikvah

Ritual Bath Opens a Window on a Once-Thriving Jewish Community. It was thirty-six stairs down from the square in Besalu’s Jewish Quarter into the 14th century ritual bath, known as a mikvah. With each step I noticed the air gradually cooling, as the daylight receded, giving way to illumination from two windows in the chamber. […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #097] Chartres Cathedral in France:

Rose Window at Chartres Cathedral, France

The Grand Dame of Medieval Churches Gets a Facelift. When I first read the book, it was drier than day-old toast, but Henry Adams’s “Mont St. Michel and Chartres” made me want to get close to both these magnificent medieval religious structures. So, in the words of Forrest Gump, “That’s what I did.” Chartres was […]