Ghent Belgium

Ghent - Sint Baafskathedraal Church

Ghent is an easy day trip from Brussels. The city was built on the basis of textiles. As a major trading center in the Middle Ages, it built a grand city center to celebrate and demonstrate its position and wealth. It continued being prosperous through the mid-17th century until the Dutch closed the canal that [Read more …]

Leuven Belgium

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Leuven Belgium is an easy 20-minute train from Brussels, making it a perfect day trip. Julius Caesar found this lovely, historic town as a fortified Roman Empire camp. It grew to become the seat of one of Europe’s most important universities in the Middle Ages—a school at which professors including Erasmus and Mercator taught. Today, [Read more …]

Paris Restaurants and Food

We are foodies. No doubt about it. We love exploring new places when we travel and revisit old favorites. This blog compiles all of our Paris restaurant reviews in one spot. 1st Arrondissement L’Escargot Montorgueil (38 Rue Montorgueil) 2019: This Marais neighborhood spot specializes in, you guessed it, escargot. We were in the mood for [Read more …]

Beaune France

Beaune Town Hall or Hotel de Ville

What’s not to love about visiting France’s Burgundy Region? We love its foods, its wines and its atmosphere. We were last there 7 years ago and it was time to get back. Beaune France is the largest city that is specifically in the Burgundy Wine Region. It is also one of our favorite small French [Read more …]

Lausanne Switzerland

Lausanne - Eglise St.-Francois

Lausanne Old Town Lausanne Switzerland is one of the country’s cultural and intellectual centers. It is also in the center of the country’s Vaud wine region, right between two of its premier areas, La Cote area (known for producing steely white wines, mainly from the Chasselas grape) to the west and Lavaux (known especially for [Read more …]

Kleine Scheidegg

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Jungfrau is 13,642-foot mountain in the Switzerland Alps from which the region gets its name. The mountain is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps and is an attraction primarily due to the cog- (or rack-)railway. Cog wheels on the trains mesh with the rack rail and allows the train to make the [Read more …]

Grindelwald and the Jungfraujoch

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Grindelwald Grindelwald is the principal town in the Jungfraujoch, a term that refers to the saddle between the Eiger and the Munch Mountains in Switzerland’s Alps. The combination of snow-clad mountain peaks, beautiful valleys, sheer rock faces, waterfalls and glaciers, including the Aletsch (which is Europe’s largest at 65 square miles and 2,300 feet [Read more …]

Switzerland’s Scenic Alps Part One, Matterhorn

Chur railway administration building

It wasn’t supposed to work out this way. We originally planned to spend a day in Zurich, followed by a day in St. Moritz and another day on an end-to-end train trip (from St. Moritz to Zermatt) on the Glacier Express, one of the most iconic and scenic train trips in the world. We didn’t [Read more …]

Kiev Ukraine

Kiev - Maidan Square

Kiev Ukraine is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe. It has been a major commercial center since at least the 5th century when it was on the trade route between Scandinavia and Constantinople. Like Lviv Ukraine, it has had a tortuous history. The Vikings first conquered in the 9th century. The Mongols completely [Read more …]

London England

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We have been to London England many times. On this trip, we only had a few days there. We spent our time visiting with friends, hitting a few museums, seeing a play and walking around some of our favorite neighborhoods (and a new one, in the case of Southditch). And of course, we tried some [Read more …]