Destinations, Europe, Croatia, Split

Split, Croatia

Split is truly an ancient city.  When we say ancient, we mean first century ancient. While Diocletian’s Palace, the major site most closely attributed to the foundation of Split, was built in 305 A.D., the city itself is believed to have been established by the Greeks as early as the […]

Destinations, Europe, Italy, Venice

Venice, Italy

Venice, often referred to as “the floating city”, is actually an archipelago made up of 118 islands and over 400 bridges.  It likely rivals Paris alone in folklore as “the most romantic city in the world”.  It has also been ranked as “the most beautiful city in the world” and […]

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, Porto, Portugal, Europe

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, […]

Barcelona, Spain, Europe, Destinations

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 […]

Palma, Spain, Europe, Destinations

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 […]