Florence at its Best

While there are many lovely cities, towns and hamlets speckled throughout Italy, a stay in the capital city of Tuscany truly encompasses what the European nation is all about. Classic architecture, legendary artwork and statues that greet the eye around every corner create the perfect setting for exploring. Florence—Firenze in Italian—dates back to 59 B.C.…

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The Beauty of Villefranche-sur-Mer

Whenever I see the name of a town in France that is suffixed by sur-Mer, I am transported back to the French Riviera, a gorgeous slice of the planet dotted with little hamlets that profile Western Europe at its core. And with roots dating back to 130 B.C., historic Villefranche-sur-Mer is an ideal illustration of…

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Easter Rising on Easter Monday

A pivotal point in Ireland’s long journey to gain independence occurred on April 24, 1916, a bloody affair in the streets of Dublin known as Easter Rising. On the day after Easter with a waif of revolution in the air, the heart of the city became a battle zone as rebels commandeered the General Post…

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Observations in Paris

Ernest Hemingway is quoted in his memoirs of his time as a young writer in Paris as saying, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” But that is…

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