The capital city Ljubljana sits centrally in the former Yugoslav republic of Slovenia. Bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north and Hungary to the east, this stunning country is often bypassed by travelers heading south to the largest country on its border, Croatia, on the way to Split, Dubrovnic, and the Dalmatian coast.
… under the looming gaze of the Parthenon, lies the Monastiraki section of the city. Take a stroll through this bustling neighborhood where vendors sell fish, meat and vegetables alongside more touristy fare of T-shirts, worry beads and replicas of ancient vases, and you’ll come across one of my all-time favorite treats : roast chestnuts. You have to work a little at peeling back the crispy outer layer, but it’s worth it! Chestnut vendors sell roast corn as well — tastes great with a sprinkle of Greek sea salt on top.
Visiting Israel and climbing Masada The light from our Bedouin guide’s fire is burning low and I can hear the gurgling sound of his hookah in the darkness. My friend and I have long since abandoned our tent to sleep under the stars, and as a three-quarter moon sags heavily in the west, there … Read more
*The Bosporus is a strait representing part of the border between the continents of Europe and Asia. It connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and cuts through the middle of the Turkish city of Istanbul. Stumble down a cobblestone road, over the trolley tracks, a tantalizing peek of domes and minarets appears … Read more
Exploring Recoleta Cemetery (Cementerio de la Recoleta) In the heart of Buenos Aires lies a favorite destination for locals to take an afternoon stroll through the small winding streets, admire the scenery and enjoy the peace and quiet. But this place is not a neighborhood — at least for the living…… it’s a cemetery. On … Read more
About an hour outside of St. Louis, MO, along a country road, you’ll reach a town on the Mississippi River that resonates with the soul of Mark Twain. Clarksville, Missouri, may not be a place where you’d expect gourmet meals and first class accommodations, but let me clear that up for you. With Nathalie Pettus, the proprietor of Overlook Farm, you will be in good hands.
A walk around Dubrovnik’s famous wall guarantees a bit of everything The heart of Dubrovnik, a jewel of a city situated on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, is Old Town. Neatly wrapped in a Medieval wall, this historic city is best viewed not by wandering the cobblestones at street level, but from above. If you … Read more
Roadside shrines: A Mystery of Visiting Greece Driving in Greece you can’t go very far without seeing little shrines, located along the side of the road. Often brightly painted, they often occupy the most scenic spots, on steep cliffs with beautiful views of the sea far below. During a recent trip through the Peloponnesian peninsula, I … Read more
After a night of fractured dreams in an aging sleeper car rolling across miles of desert sand, our train pulls into the station. Through the grime of the window, I can see date palms, their leaves fluttering in the near-still wind. ￼ Aswan. This sleepy town at the southernmost point of Egypt sounds like the … Read more