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San Sebastián’s iconic Playa de la Concha

Beaches of the Basque Coast

With autumn setting in and winter on its way, I’ve been feeling nostalgic for the beaches of the Basque Coast – from the flysch-carved cove of Zumaia’s Playa…

Getaria, Basque Coast, Spain

Getaria, Spain

This tiny coastal village on the Cantabrian Sea packs a big punch. Aside from its picturesque old town centered around the dramatic Gothic Church of San Salvador, Getaria…

Ruta del Flysch, Zumaia, Spain

Ruta del Flysch, Zumaia, Spain

Set within the Basque Coast Geopark, the Ruta del Flysch offers visitors 13 miles of scenic coastal trails, access to secluded coves, close-up views of some remarkable rock…

Hotel Iturregi, Basque Coast, Spain

Hotel Iturregi, Getaria, Spain

Situated on an edenic hilltop in Getaria with commanding views of the entire Basque coastline, Hotel Iturregi was our little paradise for seven days earlier this summer. Surrounded…

Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

There really is no other place quite like Civita di Bagnoregio. Accessible solely by a quarter-mile long footbridge, this remote little commune is perched atop an island of…

Foro Romano, Rome, Italy

Foro Romano, Rome, Italy

The Foro Romano was the hub and heart of ancient Rome. Home to the city’s most important legal, political, and triumphal monuments, the forum also served as an…

Val d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

I had my Tuscan photo-op fantasy fulfilled while driving through the Val d’Orcia. Verdant hills, quintessential cypress rows, perfectly manicured vineyards, historic ridgetop villages — these are the…

Well-Traveled Fella in the Piazza Grande, Arezzo, Italy

Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

It started off as an overcast October morning in eastern Tuscany’s Val di Chiana. Charles and I had spent the prior day, in the rain, exploring San Gimignano…

Solbar, Solage Calistoga, California

Solbar, Calistoga, California

Just a few weeks ago I had a phenomenal meal at Solbar, the premier restaurant at Solage Calistoga in Napa. My boyfriend, Charles, and I were staying on…

Hotel Olea, Glen Ellen, California

Olea Hotel, Glen Ellen, California

If you’re looking for a relaxing and peaceful California wine country experience, then Sonoma is the place for you. My boyfriend and I recently stayed at Olea Hotel…