I appreciate the convenience of traveling by train throughout Europe on many levels. Generally speaking, it is a very reliable. Almost down to the second the train you’re waiting for arrives. If it’s going to be delayed, this is communicated on a platform sign; most of the time (along with the local language) in English. I also don’t have to
Burano, with its brightly colored houses and businesses, is part of Venice but much removed from the crowds of St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal. It only takes a short water taxi ride across the Venetian Lagoon to get to this magical island with its gift shops, restaurants and narrow canals. Historians believe the
“We want you to relax,” says the desk clerk as I check into ADLER Thermae Wellness & Spa Resort. Located at Bagno Vignoni in the heart of Tuscany, the resort is known as a place of luxury combined with slowing down, pampering and leisure. Like everyone else in this fast-paced world, I am looking for all three and I believe
I arrive by taxi at the tour meeting point — Piazza Santo Spirito — early enough to enjoy exploring the neighborhood, do a little shopping, photograph nearby Palazzo Pitti and enjoy a Coca-Cola Light at Caffe Ricchi. At the appropriate time I head for the fountain in the middle of the piazza. Here I meet Gaia Ancilotti, a cheerful young
On a tour provided by Palazzo Donati, I set out to visit a small ceramic showroom and workshop in Urbania, an Italian town of just over 7,000 inhabitants in the Le Marche region. A center for handmade ceramics since the 15th century, today there are workshops where you can see artists at work and buy high quality handmade ceramic pieces.
From my home in Texas to Florence, Italy is, more or less, a 24-hour journey. When my plane touches down, all I can think about is getting to my hotel for some rest before exploring the city. Sunday morning traffic is light and within a half hour the taxi driver has deposited me at Il Salviatino, a 15th century villa
Every trip poses a new set of circumstances. How long are you going to be gone? Are you flying? Will you need your passport? What about security? I recently returned from a trip to South Africa. I used my new suitcase which was fantastic. It made it through airline abuse without a scratch. The downside was it was a little
Cape Town is a beautiful city on the Atlantic Ocean and a must-see destination in South Africa. Naturally, because of its location, locals and tourists alike take advantage of all the leisure activities available including an afternoon cruise. My cruise was aboard the , a 76-foot luxury catamaran built to be able to host yacht parties as well as smaller
South Africa has so much to offer including its wonderful wildlife! I spent several days at Royal Malewane lodge touring Thornybush Private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park. Reserves are open to the national park allowing access to a much wider area for animals including elephants, lions, rhinos, wild dogs, giraffes, leopards, impalas, several species of antelope and exotic birds.
I am not a coffee drinker, so I was literally going along for the ride with my fellow Bella Guatemala Travel tour group as we left Antigua for Café Azoteca Coffee Estate. In business since 1883, our coffee museum guide began the estate tour by explaining coffee production worldwide before telling us about the history and traditions here. Azotea farm