Turin Italy

Turin - Basilica di superga 01

When in Northern Italy, why not stop in Turin (Torino in Italian). Our first stop right outside the city was at the Basilica di Superga, for a very quick visit to this beautiful, 18th-century Baroque masterpiece on a hill overlooking Turin. The façade of the yellow and white structure was overwhelmed by huge, Classical temple-like [Read more …]

Lake Maggiore Italy

Arona bronze statue of St. Charles Borromeo

Lake Maggiore is the second largest of Italy’s lakes (after Lake Garda, and just before Lake Como), The lake is at the border of Switzerland and the Swiss Alps, at its northern part and with Piemonte at its south. The hillsides, relatively gentle in the south and steep in the north are filled with vegetation [Read more …]

Lake Como Italy

Bellagio lake front

Lake Como Region Lake Como is a beautiful, tranquil glacial mountain lake in the foothills of the Alps (northern Italy) that is shaped like wishbone. It is a beautiful place to recharge. We drove up the west side of the eastern leg of the lake, from the industrial city of Lecco to the beautiful resort [Read more …]

Milan Beyond the Highlights

Milan Emanuel entrance

While in Milan Italy, we spend most of our time at The Last Supper and the Duomo. But we also spent some time exploring the central city and at least exploring the exterior of some of its other primary sights. These include: Piazza dei Duomo, which serves as the unofficial center of town, is surrounded [Read more …]

Milan Italy

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Milan Italy is known for fashion, for opera (especially in the form of the La Scala opera theater) and as the business center of Europe. It is not especially regarded for its beauty, its cuisine or as a tourist destination. It is, however, home to at least two truly world-class attractions (in addition to performances [Read more …]

Sibiu Romania

Sibiu Museum of Natural History Brukenthal

Sibiu Romania Sibiu Romania is a town founded in the late 12th century by Saxon settlers, It has a wall built atop fortifications initially constructed in 1241 to protect the town from Tartar attacks. The town grew into prosperous commercial, crafts and eventually glass blowing center. In fact, as evidenced by its Guild House and [Read more …]

Cluj-Napoca Romania

Cluj City Hall

Cluj-Napoca Cluj-Napoca is Romania’s largest city. It began life as a Roman colony which was abandoned. It was resettled in the Middle Ages by German, Saxon craftsmen and merchants whom the Hungarians (who then controlled the town) recruited to expand trade and improve fortifications in the area. Although it traded hands many times in [Read more …]

Brasov Romania

Synagogue

Brasov Romania Brasov Romania was initially founded by German settlers and rapidly grew into an important regional commercial center. Its riches, however, made it as target of frequent attacks. in the early 13th century, Teutonic knights fortified it and turned into a citadel city. This helped change the nature of the city.and its buildings. While [Read more …]

Bucharest Romania

Bucharest Deco Style

Romania Next on our itinerary: Romania, another country to which this was our first visit. This “prolonged” visit was only a whole four days—not alot of time, but enough time to give us a feel for the country. Romania’s History Romania’s early history is, not too surprisingly, relatively similar to that of Bulgaria. It was [Read more …]

Sofia Bulgaria

Sofia orthodox Cathedral 03

Although we have been to many eastern European countries,, we have never been tp Romania. Our first visit to this former East Bloc country was a very short one; a total of two days One day in the capital of Sofia One day that was spend primarily in a car getting to and from the [Read more …]