Destination Dalmatian Riviera: Diocletian’s Seaside Digs

It’s “23 skidoo” for the intrepid “band of merry media” — 18 travel writers and photographers invited by Insight Vacations (Insight) to sample a portion of its Bosnia and Dalmatian Riviera itinerary —… Continue reading

Destination Mostar: Daredevil Divers of the Stari Most

The scars of war may have been hard to spot on the warm and friendly faces of Bosnians that I encountered along the way — in open-air markets, storefronts, restaurants and neighborhood cafes… Continue reading

Destination Sarajevo: Inside the Tunnel of Hope

From their perches atop high-rise buildings that overlooked “Sniper Alley,” sharpshooters of the Army of Republika Srpska took deadly aim at anything that moved down below during the nearly four-year Siege of Sarajevo in the… Continue reading

Destination Sarajevo: My Kup runneth over with Kafa

“Here in Sarajevo, boys don’t ask girls out on a date,” observes Karin, our stylish Insight Vacations‘ (Insight) tour director-slash-concierge, “instead, they ask them if they’d like to go for a coffee.” “Coffee?,”… Continue reading

Stephanie and Mark got Married

My short-lived career as a wedding planner came to an end on Saturday, June 6th when my youngest daughter Stephanie married Mark at an outdoor ceremony at Le Vescovane, a celebrated restaurant on… Continue reading

Inside-the-Park Home Run

In America’s “national pastime,” the game of baseball, any batter, from sandlot to the major leagues, who hits a fair ball that doesn’t clear the fences, but races around the base paths and… Continue reading

Festa della Repubblica

DID YOU KNOW? Today is “Festa della Repubblica” (Republic Day) in Italy. It’s a national holiday that commemorates the referendum of June 2, 1946 that voted out of power the monarchy in favor… Continue reading

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