Very, Very Far from Madison County

In 1992, author Robert James Waller penned the best selling novel The Bridges of Madison County. The book tells the story of a lonely Italian war bride (Francesca Johnson) who engages in an adulterous affair with… Continue reading

Destination Bosnia: Surprising Sarajevo — A Bazaar, a Mosque and an Assassin’s Bullet

I’ll be the first to admit that a description of the trajectory of an assassin’s bullet is not the normal way to jumpstart a guided walking tour of a city, but this is… Continue reading

Unlocking the Secrets of the Doge’s Palace with Walks of Italy

Keys dangling, the Venetian gatekeeper waits long enough for me to pass through the secret entryway and into the narrow, dimly lit corridor. Quickly closing the iron grille and the heavy wooden door… Continue reading

Procida: The Postman’s Island

Adored for its simplicity, panoramic views and natural beauty, Isola di Procida, one of a group of five islands that make up the Partenopeo Archipelago out in the Tyrrhenian Sea, just off the… Continue reading

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