Italy’s Ligurian Coast: Si, Per Favore

Beside the Ligurian Sea in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

Fancy a wander beside the seashore? Love seafood, wine and the architecture of a bygone era?

Unconvinced there’s beauty left in the world simply because you haven’t seen it for awhile?

Sounds like you could use a trip to the Ligurian Coast of Italy, also known as the Italian Riviera.

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What News of Genoa? It’s Delightful

Piazza de Ferrari in Genoa, Italy

“What news of Genoa?” — a line from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice — is the most famous theatrical reference to Genoa, a large port city on Italy’s Ligurian Coast.

To my ears, the question begs the following answer:

“Pesto, gorgeous churches, narrow, cobbled streets and harbor views — a surprisingly wonderful city to explore.” [Read more…]

Off to France, Italy and Croatia

Le Petit Hôpital near Avignon, France, one of my (delightful) European destinations


Bon voyage — to me!

I’m off to Europe for a month, and to say I’m excited would be a hilarious understatement.

This trip will take me to France for two weeks, Italy for eight days and Croatia for nine days.

This is the longest trip I’ve taken since about 1985 — and here’s how it’ll all play out:

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