Barcelona Spain: a perfect place to visit in Spring with family

I just visited Barcelona Spain with my mom, and I can vouch: it’s a great place to visit for a vacation and offers entertainment for everyone at any age. So, what did I like about it? First, there are the people. The locals are very nice. Besides Spanish, they speak English. Or Italian. Or both. […]

Up for a Stoll through Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid, Spain?

A visit to Madrid in Spain is not complete without a walk in its fabulous park, Parque del Buen Retiro.  It literally means ‘relaxing park 🙂  I don’t know if you’ve ever been there, but the park is H-U-G-E: about 300 acres!  It first opened as a public park in 1868.  Earlier, the park belonged […]

The Best Beaches in Spain

There are thousands of beaches in Spain, sandy, rocky and pebbly. Some have extensive facilities and others have none but those described here are said to be the best.

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5 Top Tips to Travel Well in Italy

Enjoying la dolce vita in Italy is easy for the Italians. They know just how their system works, what to do, where to go and how to go about things.   1.  Behave like a good guest. Even if you speak a few words of Italian, rest assured, everyone will instantly know that you are […]

Lago di Bracciano’s Calm Presence

To best enjoy Bracciano lake (Lago di Bracciano, in Italian), visit the lakeside town of Trevignano Romano, just 1 hour North of Rome, Italy. I love my walks along the recently upgraded and beautifully refined waterside at Trevignano, where gigantic pine trees filter the sun above your head as you stroll along. Under the trees […]

Bernini in the Vatican

Bernini’s art can be found all over Rome, with some of his most spectacular work in the heart of the city, that is, the Vatican City. Every Sunday the pope addresses the crowd on his St. Peter’s Square. The crowd sees him as a tiny speck in a window way up high above a monumental […]

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