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Want an Introduction to English Wine? Look No Farther than a’Beckett’s Vineyard

Award Winning a'Beckett Vineyard Pinot Noir (photo from the a'Beckett website)

There are many excellent reasons to visit Wiltshire, England: Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, Avebury Circle, and that’s just for starters. But, if you like trying new English wine, make sure you include a tour of A’Beckett’s Vineyard in your plans. Here’s why. A Delightful Way to Discover Something New – English Wine On a grey Wiltshire […]

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The Magical Island of Nasslingen:

A View of Nasslingen from the Water

Nature’s Gift to the Stockholm Archipelago Nine travel bloggers who had never met before, on a boat to Nasslingen, a small island they’d never heard of, with a yellow Lab who never cared where he was. That was how July 12, 2016 began. By the time it ended in the early hours of the following […]

Europe

Manchester’s John Rylands Library:

Exterior of the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England

Is It a Castle? Is it a Cathedral? No, It’s a Wife’s Lasting Tribute. The John Rylands Library may not have looked like a library, but it definitely smelled like one. You know that subtle scent; a combination of books of all ages, and the people who read them. I’m not suggesting that either have […]

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Camembert and Livarot:

Village of Camembert

Two of the Cheesiest Villages in Normandy. The Camembert was at it’s peak: smooth and creamy on the inside with a firm skin. I took a bite. The flavor was mild with a slight tang. Once upon a time it would have been pure perfection. But that was before I tasted Camembert de Normandy in […]

Europe

Fall Under the Spell of La Alberca:

Discover the Magic of This Charming Spanish Village. It would have made a perfect postcard picture. In fact, it probably did. A sun-drenched village square, historic buildings and a beautiful church assembled under a soft blue sky. But this scene wasn’t a 3×5 glossy, sanitized scrap of tourist paraphernalia. Simon, Otto, our friends and I […]

Europe

You Don’t Have to Be Catholic to Fall in Love with the Vatican:

Entrance to the Vatican Museum

How a LivItaly Tour Brought History, Art, Faith and Culture to Life. Pamen our extraordinary LivItaly tour guide, was describing the magnificent ceiling 63 feet above the exquisite inlaid marble floor, while, directly behind us, a massive heart-stopping scene of salvation and damnation loomed over us as if preparing to suck us into its tumult […]

Europe

You Can’t Keep a Good Ship Down:

Nor a Bad One, Such as the Vasa. The crowd of travel bloggers moved with slow deliberation around the perimeter of the viewing area examining the Vasa from every angle. For some of us, it was seeking out the best shot of the massive hulk that dominated the entire museum. For others, it was drawing […]

Europe

Indulge Your Eyes and Fingertips at Madrid’s Royal Tapestry Factory:

Where Age-Old Techniques Produce Timeless Beauty. Her name was Camino, meaning “path”, and she was our charming tour guide at the Royal Tapestry Factory in Madrid. Her demeanor was professional, but her appreciation for what she was showing and telling us was clear: the function, product and history of an 18th century factory commissioned by […]

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Nelson’s Victory

Crest Over the Companionway of the HMS Victory

Step Into History at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard The lady was undergoing yet another facelift. The ravages of time were still evident from the many beatings she had taken. But we had to admit, the old girl looked remarkably good considering she was over 250 years old. The HMS Victory, the flagship Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson […]

Europe

A Warm Sicilian Welcome Awaits You at Hotel Sirius:

An Ideal Location for Sampling the Many Charms of Taormina. It was late afternoon when Simon, Otto and I drove through the gates and down a steep ramp into the parking lot on the roof of Hotel Sirius. We had just arrived in the remarkable hill-top Sicilian town of Taormina, and we were about to […]