Iberian Adventure: Can’t We All just get along in Córdoba?

For the past five days, 29 international travel journalists and photographers have banded together and shared space on a luxury motor coach rolling through Portugal and Spain as guests of Insight Vacations (Insight)… Continue reading

Framing Palladio: Villa La Rotonda

Of all the iconic buildings, churches, residences and monuments across the Veneto region of northeastern Italy that bear the imprint of Renaissance master builder Andrea Palladio, there is but one that fully encapsulates… Continue reading

Is The Palladian Traveler worthy of a 2014 Italy Magazine Blogger Award?

Just in case you missed the announcement, my blog, The Palladian Traveler, is a finalist for a few Italy Magazine 2014 Blogger Awards. For me, it’s a huge honor just to be nominated, but an… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: I’m not a Barber, but I am in Seville

Hercules, the mythical, muscular hero and mortal son of the Greek god Zeus, not to mention a dead ringer for screen actor Steve Reeves, supposedly discovered HER. The infamous Spanish Inquisition’s first auto-da-fé… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: Hamming it up with a few Babes from Corteconcepción

It’s another bag drag for the intrepid “band of merry media,” 29 travel journalists and photographers invited by Insight Vacations (Insight) to sample a portion of its premium-escorted Iberian Adventure through Portugal and… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: Never-Ending Views of a Never-Ending Day in the Alentejo

Under foreboding skies, the “band of merry media” and I, 29 handpicked travel journalists and photographers invited by Insight Vacations (Insight) to sample a portion of its premium-escorted Iberian Adventure through Portugal and Spain,… Continue reading

Framing Palladio: Villa Saraceno

I’ve been asked on numerous occasions to explain what it was that made me pack up and move to Italy. The answer’s simple.  I’m inspired by the beauty I find in all things that… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: Enchanting Évora, Portugal’s Laid-Back Museum City

My head now beginning to clear following that mid-morning wine tasting session, the intrepid “band of merry media” and I — 29 travel journalists and photographers invited by Insight Vacations (Insight) to sample… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: I left My Coração in Lisbon, but My Wine Glass in The Alentejo

Tony Bennett’s signature song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, should be playing right now on the motor coach’s sound system, but it ain’t. So, the intrepid “band of merry media” and I… Continue reading

Framing Palladio: Villa Poiana

Twenty-two historic villas, each one a stepping stone through the High Renaissance, dot the landscape across the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. All of these “lord of the manor” estates were designed by… Continue reading