Granada a la carte
Comares meeting room

Granada a la carte

  • Post category:EuropeSpain

Except for one day during our visit in Spring 2018, Granada was as sodden and chilly as the rest of western Europe. Yet, on this first trip together to the south of Spain, we were…

Continue Reading Granada a la carte
High over Portugal
Porto, from atop Torre dos Clerigos

High over Portugal

How could we have missed out on Portugal in our travels all these years, and especially Lisbon? We kept asking ourselves this question during our unplanned, but leisurely stay in the capital of Lisbon, plus…

Continue Reading High over Portugal
A Garden and Delights in Lisbon
Gulbenkian museum

A Garden and Delights in Lisbon

We took a recommendation and went to the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, a private collection by an developer of oil fields in Iraq early in the 20th century. As befits a devoted art collector, the 6000…

Continue Reading A Garden and Delights in Lisbon
Kosovo: The Ties that Bind
Enjoying cafes at the Prizren riverside

Kosovo: The Ties that Bind

Kosovo is newly emerging as a country, the latest from the former Yugoslavia to be independent - barely so with the ongoing help of NATO and the US since the 1990s. There’s a lot of…

Continue Reading Kosovo: The Ties that Bind
Tracing Cross-Currents in Albanian Antiquities
Carved wood Orthodox iconostasis, Berat

Tracing Cross-Currents in Albanian Antiquities

In our post about Albanian history (click here to read), we noted all the cross-currents of culture affecting the country – from its Illyrian origins, through Greek and Roman control, the influence of Byzantine and…

Continue Reading Tracing Cross-Currents in Albanian Antiquities
Albania Today: Beauty and the Beast
Albanian couple

Albania Today: Beauty and the Beast

So many people we meet, interested in going to Albania, are both curious and somewhat fearful about it. They imagine a third world country or extreme deprivation or some such horror because of Albania’s 40…

Continue Reading Albania Today: Beauty and the Beast
Albania: Middle kingdom, dark descent
Honoring Partisan resister, Durres

Albania: Middle kingdom, dark descent

Albania’s history can read like a tale out of Tolkien’s Ring trilogy. It starts before the 4th century BC with the sophisticated tribes loosely known as the Illyrians. The land since then has been at…

Continue Reading Albania: Middle kingdom, dark descent
Slovenian Time Travel
Predjama Castle, Impregnable since 13th c.

Slovenian Time Travel

During our first five days in Slovenia, we time traveled through 50 Million years - from the karst caves still being shaped by their rivers, to a Neanderthal era musical instrument, to the remains of…

Continue Reading Slovenian Time Travel
Passing through Ljubljana
Town hall square with Cathedral, Ljubljana

Passing through Ljubljana

In prior years, we had circled around Ljubljana a few times on the highway while heading to other places, with only its hilltop castle visible from far off. When we finally headed into the city…

Continue Reading Passing through Ljubljana