Lisbon: History, Ingenuity and Egg Tarts

The world as we know it would be a different place if Portuguese explorers and merchants had not made their mark around the world via its oceans, the Silk Road and the Spice Road centuries ago. During the Renaissance, Atlantic port city Lisbon was the ultimate point of origin, its ships heading toward Africa, Asia, […]

Pure Indulgence in Monaco

By Kristy Alpert Monaco is the land of the glitterati, where helicopter transfers from the airport are equally as common (and affordable) as taxi rides. The principality’s sparkling shoreline and glamorous offerings make it an exciting place to bring the girlfriends while in town for business. The entire country is roughly half the size of […]

“Game of Thrones” Fans Rejoice

The gorgeous coastline … charming inland family-owned wineries … a fascinating political history … ancient architecture — the number of reasons to visit Croatia go on and on. But for fans of a little TV featuring some dragons, drama and more royal nonsense than a recent wedding in London, there are even more reasons to […]

Tourist Faux Pas To Avoid in Europe

Generally speaking, being called a “tourist” can feel a lot like an insult. It’s almost like someone is telling you, “You’re sticking out like a sore thumb” by dressing, speaking or doing something no local would ever dare. While a traveling family anywhere may seem like a red flag, try to avoid these tourist faux […]

Romantic Madeira for Couples

It’s hard to imagine a more romantic getaway than the Portuguese island of Madeira. Rising almost straight out of the Atlantic and closer to Casablanca than Portugal’s own capital of Lisbon, its location gives it tropical vegetation and springtime weather almost year-round. Flowers bloom everywhere (the main city of Funchal has three major public gardens) […]

Idyll in Italy

The hillside path winds downward past the crumbling stone ruins of some nameless, long-forgotten building. At the bottom, the ground levels out to accommodate a small lake filled with water that reflects the startling blue of the sky, and my husband James and I pause to relish the view. The fragrance of lemon blossoms fills […]