A Sobering Tribute in Normandy

D-Day museum at Arromanches in Normandy

Normandy was a turning point for the Allies in World War II. As the largest amphibious invasion in world history, “Operation Overlord” was a combined land, sea and air invasion under the direct command of joint British-American leadership. It continued from D-Day on June 6, 1944 through August 19, 1944 when Allied Forces crossed the Seine. The combined efforts of Canadians, British, and ... Read Full Article

Pérouges: The Prettiest Medieval City in France

Flower window dressings in Pérouges

Perched high on a hill with the French Alps draped as a fairy tale backdrop, the medieval village of Pérouges persists. A timeless town. A perfectly preserved gothic treasure. It’s like walking through the pages of a story from the Middle Ages when chivalrous knights and fair maidens ruled the day. Even today it remains an iconic enclave hiding behind massive fortress walls built of impenetrable ... Read Full Article

7 Free Things to Do in Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

A picturesque city on the coast, Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is one of the most touristed cities in the Nordic region. Known to be one of the greenest capitals in the world, it is the center of commerce and entertainment for the Danish people, who are consistently rated as some of the happiest on the planet. If you are headed to Denmark and would like to avoid burning a hole in your ... Read Full Article

Essaouira: Chillin’ Out on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast

The main thoroughfare of Essaouira

From the rooftop patio of the Palais Des Remparts hotel in Essaouira, Morocco, I stare out over the roiling Atlantic. Cirrus clouds and seagulls hover in the dazzling azure sky thanks to a brackish wind. Below me medieval-looking cannons protrude from the city’s ramparts that inspired this hotel’s name. I’m tempted to curl up with a good book in one of the comfy lounge chairs but right now ... Read Full Article

What to do in Valencia in Summer

A view over Valencia

 If you can stand the heat, Valencia is one of the best European cities to visit in the summer. As the third biggest city in Spain, the centre of Valencia has a real neighbourhood feel and almost everything is within walking distance. And thanks to its array of attractions, restaurants and nightlife, there's really something for everyone. Free activities in Valencia In the historic centre of ... Read Full Article

7 Turkish Delights: The Best of Western Turkey

The blue Mosque is one of the seven turkish delights

Much like the ubiquitous Turkish delight candies that have differing ingredients, flavors, and textures, the delights of Western Turkey are just as varied. The seven Turkish delights I offer range from mosques, former basilicas, Greco-Roman ruins and Byzantine architecture to unique natural world wonders such as the fairy castles of Cappadocia and the terraced pumice pools of Pamukkale. Traversing ... Read Full Article

The Bewitching Sahara

Our rides await outside our hotel in the sahara

I’m at the edge of the mighty Sahara Desert in southeast Morocco , only fifty kilometers from the Algerian border. As the freshly paved asphalt road turns into sand my tour bus grinds to a halt. It looks like I’m at the end of the road, but this journey has just begun. Before you can say pass the couscous my travel mates and I are booted off our air-conditioned coach and shunted into 4WD trucks. ... Read Full Article

Zemun: Belgrade’s Most Charming Neighborhood

Zemun with a view toward Belgrade

Belgrade, with its relaxed attitude, friendly residents and incredible food and drink, can also be sadly short on charm. Outside the historic center, districts tend to run together, and in New Belgrade, indistinguishable rows of apartment buildings seem to stretch for miles. But the city has at least one neighborhood that can be considered distinctive and yes, even charming: Zemun. Longtime ... Read Full Article

Wild Westfjords: Iceland at the Edge of the Arctic Circle

Church in Breidavik , Westfijords

Isolated, obscure, rugged and wind-shorn: These are qualities that easily define the Westfjords in Iceland. But this lonely peninsula also harbors an unfathomable yet pristine beauty borne of severe weather, intense natural forces, and an unforgiving geography. This is the oldest and wildest part of Iceland, forged over 16 million years ago of molten lava. Though the Westfjords jut out into the ... Read Full Article

A Winter Daytrip to the Village of Brisighella, Italy

The Castle- La Rocca in Brisighella, Italy

Deep in the countryside of Emilia-Romagna, a provence in northern Italy, sits the medieval village of Brisighella. To say that it is tucked away would be a lie: the village center sits at the base of three rocky crags, each topped by a structure: a church, a castle, a clock tower. They guard the village, their silhouettes visible from around the Lamone River valley. But Brisighella feels like a ... Read Full Article