Italy at Christmas Despite the Pandemic

During Christmas time 2020, we had planned to go to Italy as a family. Of course, this plan was cancelled along with everyone else's plans once the pandemic struck us hard starting in March of that year.  We decided to try again to see this culture-rich country in 2021. The original plan was that our … Continue reading Italy at Christmas Despite the Pandemic

The Culinary Delights of Hungary

Many people I know who like to travel have extolled the virtues of Budapest. So when my hubby Rick and I finally traveled there, our expectations were high. Fortunately, this lovely city did a fine job of not only meeting but exceeding our expectations. We traveled there through a US travel company called JayWay Travel. … Continue reading The Culinary Delights of Hungary

What’s Special About Warsaw

Most of Warsaw was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II.  In response, the Poles rebuilt the city as it was before it was destroyed. They did this over many years with the help of photographs taken and paintings done before the devastation. Talk about a resilient people! Isn't that something? Hitler wanted all … Continue reading What’s Special About Warsaw

World Traveling Without Leaving Home

Pretty mosaic by Las Ramblas I recently discovered a great way to explore the world without leaving your house. It's a company called Heygo. https://www.heygo.com/. You can travel to many far-flung places and it doesn't cost anything. The web site includes a calendar with all upcoming tours on it. So you peruse that and sign … Continue reading World Traveling Without Leaving Home

Exploring Toledo, Spain

Photo of Toledo with Cathedral in background Toledo is a Spanish city with a rich history that blends Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultural influences through the centuries. Located in central Spain next to the Tagus river, the city was capital of the Visigoth-Catholic kingdom from 542 to 725 AD. This kingdom came into being after … Continue reading Exploring Toledo, Spain

Scenes of Spain Photo Essay

Spain is such a beautiful and fascinating country. I share these photos to give you an idea of the kinds of things you can see in this Mediterranean country if you ever get a chance to visit it. Amazing churches, beautiful bodies of water, impressive castles, awe-inspiring palaces, interesting traditions, stunning architecture, fun festivals and … Continue reading Scenes of Spain Photo Essay

Murals in Orihuela in honor of Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez

In the city of Orihuela, in the Spanish province of Alicante, there lies a hidden treasure: beautiful murals painted by Spanish artists in tribute to the poetry of hometown son Miguel Hernandez. I never heard of this poet before but he was very popular during and after the Spanish Civil War. Unfortunately, he wasn't a … Continue reading Murals in Orihuela in honor of Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez