Sketches from Spain

Sketches from Spain

“Never go on trips with anyone you don’t love.” Ernest Hemingway Barcelona Our good friend, Suellen Lamorte, joins us, throws her suitcase on the floor of our neighborhood Airbnb, and off we go. Our feet hit the ground running. From Catalonian Gothic to Art Nouveau to...
The Amazing Blue

The Amazing Blue

The Amazing Blue Crete, Paros, Syros Crete “You should see the landscape of Greece.  It would break your heart.”   Lawrence Durrell More than 2,000 Greek islands, some no larger than a clump of hard soil, rise up out of the blue Aegean. I peer through the window of...
Greece – Part One

Greece – Part One

Part One: Athens “When in Athens, live as an Athenian.”  Dr. Constantine We sit side by side waiting for the flight from Lisbon to Athens.  The good man, Dr. Constantine, big-boned like a stevedore, eyes me.  “What happened to your face.” As I explains, he nods...
The Furnace That is Portugal (Part Two)

The Furnace That is Portugal (Part Two)

Part Two Douro Valley and Lisbon Before we left home, I scanned Spud Hilton’s newspaper article, “Managing One’s Expectations When Choosing Destinations.” Sprawled on our couch, I read a traveler’s comment about Machu Picchu in Travel Advisor. “I don’t see the big...
The Furnace That Is Portugal

The Furnace That Is Portugal

Part 1 Porto We arrive by Ryan Air from England and ride into the UNESCO neighborhood of Porto by subway in the blast of a heat wave. Temperatures soar to 100 degrees and keep ascending. There isn’t a breeze lifting from the Douro River to cool us; seagulls don’t soar...

Worlds Not Mine

“When I travel, I move into worlds that aren’t mine.” Arundhati Roy The Lantern House in Abington, England, is really a compound of handsome red brick cottages stitched together and interconnected by mysterious doors, and bordered by grand gardens of foliage, trees,...