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

The Palladian Traveler is a Finalist for Italy Magazine’s 2014 Blogger Awards

OMG! I just got word that my blog, The Palladian Traveler, has been shortlisted for the Italy Magazine 2014 Blogger Awards. It’s a huge honor just to be nominated, but an even greater one… Continue reading

Arquà: Petrarch’s Hilltop Hideaway

Whenever we look back on history — pick a period, it really doesn’t matter — there are always amazing footnotes tucked inside the narrative that credit one individual over all others of the… Continue reading

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