Destination Bosnia: Surprising Sarajevo — Dinner with Mrs. Safija

A forbidden love affair between a beautiful Bosnian woman and a handsome Austrian count is the backdrop for tonight’s icebreaker dinner as members of the newly-formed “band of merry media” — 18 travel… Continue reading

Destination Bosnia: Surprising Sarajevo — Bird’s-Eye Views from the Yellow Fortress

In between the muezzin’s first and second calls to prayer from atop the minaret that front’s my digs at the 130-year-old Hotel Europe in the heart of Sarajevo’s Old Town district, I gather up… Continue reading

Destination Bosnia: Surprising Sarajevo — Dining at Grandma’s Kitchen

On June 28, 1914, the shots that triggered World War I were fired from an assassin’s pistol on one of her flagstone paved streets. In 1984, she returned to the world stage, draped… Continue reading

Destination Bosnia and the Dalmatian Riviera with Insight Vacations

Great news! The band is back and going out on the road again. Uh, the “band of merry media,” that is. We’re 18 intrepid travel writers and photographers invited by Insight Vacations to… Continue reading

The Leaning Tower of Pisa: Still standing after all These Years

The Tower of Pisa, the LEANING Tower of Pisa, is a free-standing campanile (bell tower) in the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) of this former medieval city-state. It’s defect, a prominent tilt to… Continue reading

Tulipanomania at Sigurtà Garden Park

Under bright-blue skies accented with a spattering of puffy-white clouds — ideal photo-shoot conditions — fellow Italy-based blogger Orna O’Reilly, of Orna O’Reilly: Traveling Italy, and I recently got the VIP treatment on… Continue reading

Glide like a Venetian with a City Pass Card

It should come as no surprise to read in a slew of travel publications that Venice is one of the most popular destinations in all of Europe. While the approximately 20+ million out-of-towners… Continue reading

Eire: Saints and Scholars, but no Snakes

In case it slipped your mind, today, March 17th, is the Feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and the man who, legend has it, rid the Emerald Isle of snakes.… Continue reading

Framing Palladio: Ponte degli Alpini

Normally, Ms. Garmin directs me to the front gate of a UNESCO World Heritage villa that bears the imprint of High Renaissance master builder Andrea Palladio, the architect of Palladianism. However, this time… Continue reading

Phoetry: Legendary Venice

This is the third in a series of collaborations with fellow blogger and “poet laureate” Orna O’Reilly of Orna O’Reilly: Travelling Italy, where we marry her original prose with my original photos and,… Continue reading