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Franciacorta & Lake Iseo, Italy

Here are some scenes from the morning I spent in Franciacorta, the sparkling wine-producing region of central Lombardy, followed by an afternoon exploring Lake Iseo and an evening…

Bergamo, Italy (Revisited)

Bergamo is one of the most attractive cities in Italy. Located at the foot of the Orobie Alps, the city proper is divided into two main parts: the…

Varese, Italy

I had planned a day trip to Varese the last time I visited Lake Como in 2018, but with so much to see and do around the lake…

Varenna, Itay

Varenna is one of the most charming villages in all of Italy, and it even retains its charm in the rain. On the day I was supposed to…

Villa Carlotta & Chiesa di San Martino, Lake Como, Italy

In October of 2019 I did something a little different—I took a solo trip to Italy. By choice, I was between jobs and had some extra money stashed…

Parliament & Great Market Hall, Budapest, Hungary

Here are some scenes from our last day in Budapest. In the morning we visited the Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial, a tribute to the 20,000 Jews…

Jewish Quarter, Budapest, Hungary

I learned so much from Andrea Medgyesi, our guide from the Jewish Visitors’ Service of Budapest. She conducted an incredibly informative, contemplative, and thoughtful tour of the Jewish…

Inner City, Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is a sprawling city. With over 1.7 million inhabitants, it is the ninth largest in the European Union. Thankfully for visitors, most of the city’s prominent sites…

Wachau Valley, Austria

During our four-night stay in Vienna, we devoted one day to exploring the Wachau Valley, the historic and pastoral region along the banks of the Danube only an…