Iberian Adventure: To the Edge of the Earth

As Belém fades away in the rearview mirror and those delicious pastéis de nata (Portuguese egg tarts) linger a little longer on my palate, the Insight Vacations‘ (Insight) luxury motor coach hangs a right and heads… Continue reading

Phoetry: La Settimana Bianca

This is the second in a series of collaborations with fellow blogger Orna O’Reilly of Orna O’Reilly: Travelling Italy, where we marry her original poetry with my original photos and, sometimes, vice versa.… Continue reading

A Winter Walk in the Euganean Hills

Just like bears, wintertime is hibernation time for scores of people living in colder climes, right? But, I’m happy to say, I’m not your average ursinae and try my best to stretch my… Continue reading

Color My Winter Blood Orange

Nothing says wintertime better around the Bel Paese than a succulent, vitamin enriched orange. But not just any orange. I’m talking about l’Arancia Rossa di Sicilia, or the Blood Orange of Sicily, the most colorful… Continue reading

Ski Trek XXV: Savoring Spritz, Speck and Strudel in the Italian Dolomites

The 25th edition of Ski Trek (#SkiTrek2015), the annual winter reunion of family and friends in the Dolomites of northern Italy, is now in the record books, but as I stow my ski gear… Continue reading

Ski Trek XXV: Traversing the Dolomites with Knife, Fork, Spoon and Shot Glass

When gli italiani load up the car, van or SUV, and store skis, poles, boots and sleds inside the “coffin” up on the roof, it can mean only one thing: Settimana Bianca (white… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: Framing Lisbon’s Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Just up the street from Pastéis de Belém, a bakery famous for its mouth-watering egg custard tarts, and right across the way from the Tower of Belém, the ceremonial gateway into Lisbon’s harbor,… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: I’ve Died and Gone to Heaven with Egg Custard on My Face

“I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven.” Ever heard that expression? I’m sure you have, but have you ever experienced it? Well, joined at the hip with my “band of merry media”… Continue reading

La Befana: What a Way to Go

While most households that celebrate the Christmas season have already taken down the ornaments and thrown away the tree, and, most importantly, begun wondering how they’re going to pay down the credit-card debt,… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: The Age of Discovery Began in Belém

During the Age of Discovery, between the 15th and 17th centuries, when European maritime powers sailed off into unchartered waters in search of new lands and trade routes to enhance the coffers of… Continue reading