Europe

Destinations, Europe, Italy, Florence

Florence, Italy

Florence or “Firenze” as its known in Italy is the capital of Tuscany.  The mere mention of the word “Tuscany”, for many, will surely conjure up visions of lush hillsides, wines, cheeses, or worse, cheesy movie memories of Diane Lane in “Under the Tuscan Sun”. There is an inherent whimsy […]

Destinations, Europe, France, Menton

Menton, France

From the moment we stepped off the train, almost 7 hours earlier than planned thanks to JJ’s slick train maneuvering in Marseille, we could tell that Menton was our kind of town.   We came to Menton from Marseille via the SNCF rail, France’s major train line.  This was the […]

Destinations, Europe, France, Marseille

Marseille, France

Marseille was founded by the Greeks in 600 B.C. Despite it’s Vieux-Port or “Old Port” being one of the major ports in all of France, Marseille barely cracks the Top 10 of most popular or most visited French cities. Tourists who choose to sleep on Marseille are missing out on […]

Destinations, Europe, France, Annecy

Annecy, France

Annecy is a unique city in southeastern France that is known as “The Jewel of the Haute-Savoie” and “The Venice of the Alps”. After visiting this fairytale-like setting, with it’s intricate winding canals along the Thiou River, storybook bridges, cobbled streets, quaint Old Town (or Vieille Ville), and iconic Lake […]

Destinations, Europe, Portugal, Porto

Porto, Portugal

Porto is one of the only cities in the world where you have the ocean, the beach, a major river, an iconic bridge, and a wine region, complete with ancient cultural and historical landmarks, and endless Instagram-worthy photo opportunities at every turn. It truly is a unique and amazing city, […]

Destinations, Europe, Spain, Barcelona

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain, is one of the most buzzed about cities in the world. This was JJ’s first visit to this historic city, and my second. Many of our friends, family, and random people we come across all seem to have Barcelona on […]

Destinations, Europe, Spain, Palma

Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca is the name of the island and territory in Spain that we were visiting, and Palma is the name of the capital and port city of Mallorca.  That may sound basic enough, and you may be asking “Len, why are you mentioning such basic facts?” The reason is that […]

Destinations, Europe, Spain, Cartagena

Cartagena, Murcia, Spain

Cartagena is another Spanish coastal city that is steeped in history.  Founded in 220 B.C., it has a great deal of cultural significance to Spain’s history, and also plays a large part of Roman history. One of the major landmarks of Cartagena that we did at least walk by is […]

Destinations, Europe, Spain, Malaga

Malaga, Andalusia, Spain

Malaga was our second city to visit in Spain. At first glance, it seemed like a much larger and newer, more modern city compared to Cádiz. Maybe it’s due to it’s seemingly more desirable location on the Mediterranean, in the Andalusia region of southern Spain.  Our ships path to Malaga […]