A Christmas Market River Cruise on the Viking Baldur

The We saw Vienna on out Christmas Market river cruise

My husband Bill and I were invited to take a cruise with Viking River Cruises and decided that a Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube could be a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. Our 7 day river cruise started in Passau, Germany and ended in Budapest, Hungary. This was our first river cruise on Viking. A few weeks before the trip, our documents arrived along with our full itinerary, ... Read Full Article

EuropeUpClose Travel Confessions

Eric Barrier and his Crocs

Everyone has a quirky thing or two about how they like to travel and what they like to see and has a travel confession to make. Some travelers gravitate to sites in which they have particular interest while avoiding destinations or sites that bore them or they just plain hate. And many travelers, if pressed, would admit to a little embarrassment regarding their own travel proclivities. We have ... Read Full Article

Values Based Travel Planning

Joan and Neil 1977

  Often when we are young, say just out of college, European travel with a pack on our back is very desirable: an adventure, a rite of passage. Once we get involved in work and family, we often have little time, and R & R travel closer to home looks really good. But when we finally have a little more time -- when we aren’t simply desperate for R & R, what does travel really ... Read Full Article

Contemporary Spanish Films: The Magic of Pedro Almodovar


Pedro Almodovar is, without a doubt, one of the most famous contemporary Spanish filmmakers. His numerous films, recognizable by their complex characters, moving narratives, and colorful cinematography have garnered much acclaim by international audiences and critics. Almodovar frequently centers his films on a strong female character, as she negotiates themes such as desire, identity, obligation, ... Read Full Article

Travel Reading: Food and Culinary Writings


This is the second in my “Travel Reading” series of posts. For a list of books that deal with French culture and politics in general (and are a great place to start your exploration), check out my post, “Travel Reading: French Culture,” Do you dream of buttery croissants? Have you ever quested to find the best salade niçoise or canard confit in France? Would you rather drive halfway across town ... Read Full Article