Europe

By Monique Burns Relatively few Americans have ever visited Bonn. You might have heard about the former West German capital on the news. But chances are you’ve never experienced the city unless you were a German bureaucrat in a past life. That’s all about to change. For a full year,

By Gerrie Summers  Part two of a visit to the region of Valencia in Spain. After a day and night in Valencia City, my visit to three provinces in the region of Valencia, (Castellón in the north, the province of Valencia in the middle and the province of Alicante in

Story & photos by Julie Maris/Semel Get lost on Soajo’s ancient, stone cow-path to find traditional Portuguese warmth and hospitality. Follow the scent of wildflowers and mountain meadows or back-country road signs that lead to shepherds, roaming livestock, and welcoming cafes. This is northern Portugal, where sheer cliffs are matched

By Gerrie Summers If your idea of a trip to Spain only involves a visit to Barcelona or Madrid, you’re missing out.  As I recently found out, Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, as well as the region of Valencia, is filled with stunning landscapes, ancient architectural treasures, exquisite cuisine and

By Geri Bain There is no mistaking the fact that Aria Hotel Budapest by the Library Hotel Collection is all about music. A fanciful piano keyboard swirls along the lobby floor from the front entrance to a real grand piano, which is played during the complimentary daily afternoon wine and

By Everett Potter If you asked me to distill the essence of Switzerland into seven and a half hours, I would tell you to book a ticket on the Glacier Express. Starting in the ski town of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and ending in the legendary lair

By Cathie Arquilla Tivoli Avenida Liberdade, you’re trying to seduce me, aren’t you? Tivoli Avenida Liberdade is groovy. It could (and should have been) a great location for the episodic TV show Mad Men. If the Graduates’ Mrs. Robinson wanted to seduce a young man in Lisbon, this is the

by Geri Bain and Jenny Keroack Travel writer Geri Bain and her daughter Jenny Keroack spent five days exploring Budapest. As with their other adventures, they recorded their impressions and favorite finds. Jenny’s are in italics;  Geri’s are in regular type. Riding into Budapest from the airport, we had the impression we’d landed

By Richard West. Here in beautiful Amsterdam, where my wife and I have been living for five years, the thousand-year-old city becomes even more lovely during the end-of-the-year holiday period. Decorations draping the major streets, lights and wreaths on many doors of the 7,500 17th-century canal houses, groups of carolers,

By Monique Burns   Bid farewell to Dresden, capital of Saxony, and head to the neighboring state of Thuringia and its cultural capital, Weimar, about 2 ½ hours west via the high-speed Intercity-Express (ICE) train.  Leafy cobblestone streets, pastel-colored houses and fountain-dappled squares are reason enough to visit this graceful