The Defacement of Royal Symbols in Architecture and Art: The French Revolution

The French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. During this period, French citizens redesigned their country’s political

Zurich: Churchill’s Speech in Munsterhof Square 19th September 1946

As seen in the 17-Day Itinerary 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration in Switzerland and Italy, 25-Day Itinerary Italian Wine Tour Through Lombardy, Piedmont. Emilia-Romagna, and

A Beautiful Day in Paris

We landed in Paris around 7AM after our overnight flight, looking forward to our 21-day trip through Paris, Normandy, Champagne, and the Loire.  After transferring to our

Champagne: The Widow Clicquot

A woman who understood how to navigate and seize opportunities during the time of the French Revolution, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin set about transforming a small family

Planning a Trip to the Greek Isles

Whenever I visit a place for the first time I try to see as much as I can in order to determine where I would want to spend more time.  The challenge of visiting the Greek

Exiled to the Leper Colony: Spinalunga

During our 13-Day trip to Athens, Rhodes, Crete, and Istanbul we stayed at Villa Mavrikiano in Elounda on the island of Crete.  The advantage of our location was its

Purchasing Oushak Rugs Near the Grand Bazaar

In the late 15th century, Oushak, a village south of Istanbul began producing rugs utilizing local  wool and natural dyes. The designs of Oushak rugs are considered to be

13-Day Itinerary Athens, Rhodes, Crete, Istanbul

Purpose: Cuisine & Culture Stops Along the Way: Athens, Old Town Rhodes, Lindos, Elounda, Santorini, Plaka, Agios Nikolaus, IstanbulDescription: Moderate price (touring on

17-Day Itinerary Burgundy-Provence

Purpose: Cuisine & Culture  Description: Luxury, private canal barge trip through Burgundy; Private guide/driver through ProvenceGroup Profile:

Discovering the Crisp White Wine of the Mosel Valley

We returned to Cochem later that afternoon on the river boat, once again, gliding past the villages and vineyards of the Mosel River valley.  While others may view

The History of Michelin Restaurant Ratings

The first Michelin guide was published by the Michelin brothers, creator of the removable pneumatic tire, in 1900. The first guide was intended to be a survival guide for

Sampling Calvados in Normandy

Upon our arrival, we discovered that Normandy is known for primarily two culinary delights: dairy and apple products. The Normande is a breed of dairy cattle from the