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Europe & Scandanavia

Driving Around SICILY

By Michael Webb | Dec 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

The first time I explored Sicily, nearly 60 years ago, I stayed in cheap pensions, walked around the cities and took local buses and slow trains from one place to the next. This past September I returned with a friend and we retraced a similar route with an experienced driver in the comfort of a…

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Art and Nature in Northern ENGLAND

By Michael Webb | Jan 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you want to enjoy England as it was a century ago, skip the overcrowded, domesticated south-east and head north to Derbyshire and Yorkshire. Those counties cradled the Industrial Revolution, growing prosperous on coal and steel, manufacturing and trade. The mines and mills have shuttered, the great cities are trying to reinvent themselves; in between…

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Off the Beaten Track in SPAIN

By Michael Webb | Jan 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Discover Spain’s northern provinces with Michael Webb.   I’ve explored Spain pretty thoroughly over the years, but it never fails to surprise me. The northern provinces, from the Basque Country to Galicia are far less traveled than Barcelona, the Mediterranean coast and Andalusia. Art lovers flock to the Bilbao Guggenheim and pilgrims still trudge the…

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Deep in the Heart of FRANCE

By Michael Webb | Jan 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

After over 50 years, Michael Webb revisits southwestern France. I have fond memories of my first trip to the Dordogne, a region of southwestern France that takes its name from one of the three rivers that flow through softly rolling farmland studded with medieval towns and villages. A college friend and I found a congenial…

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Wandering with Wordsworth in England’s Lake District

By Kristina Foster | Oct 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kristina Foster explores the Lake District discovering spectacular hiking trails and poetic history.   Nestled in the northwest corner of England lies the Lake District, 885 square miles boasting the longest bodies of water and the tallest mountains in the country. As the first ray of summer sunshine emerges from the clouds, locals escape to…

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ITALIAN Wine by Design

By Jane Adams | Sep 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jane Adams explores the modern architecture of Italy’s top wineries.   Italian design is legendary – in fashion, cars, bikes, furniture and household goods. Just think Armani, Fendi, Ferragamo; Ferrari, Maserati, Pinarello, Alessi, Ilve and Bormioli. These brands spring easily to mind, as do food and drink market leaders like Aperol, Barilla and Lavazza. Italians…

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Exploring the BALTIC STATES

By Michael Webb | Aug 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Michael Webb takes a 12 day tour of the Baltic States.   Having explored most of Europe, I left the three Baltic States–Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania–till last, hoping they would offer as authentic a taste of the pre-war era as Romania. I arrived too late–the three glorious capitals have been swamped by mass tourism and…

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Driving around POLAND

By Michael Webb | Aug 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Michael Webb embarks on a 10 day road trip around Poland. Resilience is the greatest asset of the Poles, who retained their pride and sense of nationhood during two centuries of foreign occupation. Twenty years of independence between the world wars were succeeded by the brutal onslaught of the Nazis and the Red Army, devastation…

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A Family Friendly Road Trip through France

By Kristina Foster | Apr 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kristina Foster embarks with her family on a voyage through France from the capital to the coastal south.   I wasn’t sure what to expect on a fortnight long, winter road trip with the kids. Cooped up childhood memories of backseat battles with stinky brothers, side of the road toilet stops and barf bags came flooding…

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PARIS IN WINTER

By Michael Webb | Mar 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Michael Webb explores the City of Lights in winter, finding a new love and appreciation for its abundance of museums.  For lovers, Paris is heaven year round; in winter it’s equally compelling for lovers of museums. The chilly gray days make the boulevards and outdoor cafés less enticing, and prompt you to explore treasures you…

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