Happy Holidays!


Best wishes for the holidays and 2014! … [Read more...]

Paris: Now that’s a dinner party!

at the Eiffel Tower

The most unique feature of Jim's Parisian life is the fact that he has held an open dinner party in his home every Sunday night for the past 30 years. Through my network I learned of Jim Haynes, a man who came to Paris from Louisiana some 30 years … [Read more...]

Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain


Granada, the capital of Spain, is situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, a popular ski area. More on Granada The pomegranate, which in Spanish is granada, is the official symbol of Granada. I was captivated by this beautiful fountain … [Read more...]

Benalmádena, Steep Stroll to the Sea


From the train station it was a pretty easy downhill stroll to the waterfront in Benalmádena. Once there we found lots of restaurants (many were closed for the season) including a great place on the promenade where fresh sardines were served hot off … [Read more...]

Málaga Catamaran Sailing Excursion

catamaran Malaga

It's funny the differences between our expectations (rules, regulations) when compared with other places. For example, today I went on a catamaran sailing excursion in Málaga. Barely away from the pier I was mojito in hand relaxing on the trampoline … [Read more...]

Window shopping


I did not come to Europe to shop. First, it's expensive to shop here, and second, I had only 1.6 kg of room to spare in my suitcase when I left Vancouver. But it's been a serious test of my willpower and Venice absolutely pushed me over the edge. By … [Read more...]

Advent in Málaga


It seems so odd to watch the seasonal decor spring up around Málaga without the usual accompaniments of cold weather, myriad versions of Santa Claus, and the jingle jingle of bells on the donation kettles. Where I am staying in the old town part of … [Read more...]

Milan, The Last Supper

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

We have finally entered the rainy portion of our journey but we still managed to walk around Milan for 7 hours seeing the sites. We visited the Duomo, and one of the first shopping malls, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which was constructed between … [Read more...]

Castelbuono & olive farm

Hedevig & Tonino's country house near Castelbuono, Sicily

  It's one thing to be a tourist, on the outside looking in, it's quite another to have the type of experience we had with Hedvig who graciously spent the afternoon and evening showing us the mountain community of Castelbuono and their … [Read more...]

Mondello Beach, Palermo

sicily sand

What a great beach! Soft sand, clear shallow water, hardly anyone on the beach. That's the upside, downside, change rooms closed, oh well, small price to pay for such a beautiful day in the sun and sand.   … [Read more...]