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

Italy’s Donkey Sanctuary: An Enchanting Detour

Lots of affection at the Piedmont Donkey Sanctuary

You don’t have to be a child or an animal lover to visit Italy's Donkey Sanctuary in the Piedmont region, but it helps if you are. Amateur historians, economists, sociologists, and psychologists should also be enchanted. Everyone is welcome – families, singles, couples, teenagers, schoolchildren, special interest groups – and you may see all these in attendance on a given day. ... Read Full Article

Seven of the Best Beaches in Europe

Praia da Marinha beach in Portugal, one of the best beaches in Europe

With spring finally here, and summer on the doorstep, beach season is ramping up again in the northern hemisphere. It’s a welcome turn for lovers of European surf, sun and sand-between-the-toes frivolity. After all, Europe is home to some of the most stunning and spectacular beaches on earth. Here’s a quick taste of some of the best beaches in Europe; you really ought to consider visiting at least ... Read Full Article

Visiting the Ice Man in Bolzano, Italy

Examining the Ice Man © South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

Ötzi is Italy’s most famous mummy and has his own museum to prove it –the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology in Bolzano. One doesn’t normally associate Italy with mummies, but Ötzi -- also known as the Ice Man -- is exceptional and so is his story. Ötzi, the Ice Man The Ice man emerged in September 1991, literally, when two tourists stumbled across a human corpse half frozen in the ground in ... Read Full Article

Gozo: Malta’s Other Island

Near Masalforn on Gozo’s northeastern coast

Everyone we met on the island of Gozo told us the same thing: “You will find a big difference between life here and life ‘over there’ (meaning the island of Malta). ” The reasons become obvious during the 25-minute ferry ride from Cirkkewwa, the ferry terminal port on the north of Malta, to Mgarr, the southeastern port of Gozo three miles away. Gozo is one-third the size of its sister ... Read Full Article

Lodging in Malta, As You Like it!

Ta Cenc outdoor restaurant-001

Lodging in Malta comes in all shapes and sizes and from comfortable to elegant; we tried a little of each. For our first lodging in Malta, my husband and I chose a B & B instead of a hotel. Our reasoning was simple: tips about transportation, sights, food, wine, even whether the tap water is okay to drink – are best gleaned from the proprietors of a good B & B. Lodging in Malta A ... Read Full Article

Six Great Places for Spring Travel in Europe

Paris a great spot for Spring Travel in Europe

It’s always a stunning time in Europe when the sleet and snow of winter makes way for the glowing renewal of spring. Parks and gardens blossom and bloom, cities return life again. Ahead of the summer throngs, it’s also a fabulous time to baulk the European crowds, while keeping the back pocket in tact with friendly shoulder-season rates. From the Italian Lakes to Vienna, Budapest to Seville, we ... Read Full Article

What You Need to Know about Malta’s Amazing Food

A streetfront confectionery in Rabat

What do you need to know about Malta's amazing food? Well, the old adage that “you are what you eat” is accurate in Malta when flipped around. “You eat what you are,” which in the case of Malta means a mélange of all the cultures bordering the Mediterranean – Sicilian, Spanish, French, North African, Greek, Arabic, and more. Malta's Amazing Food So you find minestra and kannoli, local ... 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

Valletta: the Tiny Capital of Malta

postcard-perfect port in the three cities of malta

Valletta, the capital of Malta, is the smallest capital in the European Union, with a city population of about 6,400. (The whole country is only twice the physical size of the US capital city of Washington, D.C.). It was founded by Jean de Valette, Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, in 1566, because of its strategic location between two deep harbors, one of them the deepest in ... Read Full Article