Category Archives: Europe

You, too, can stay on a houseboat in Paris

With apologies to Andy Samberg, I’m on a boat. A houseboat, in fact, in the middle of the Seine River in Paris. Here’s the view of the National Assembly and the Eiffel Tower from the deck. No kidding. Another view from … Continue reading

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Why Iceland food’s not so hot

For me, half the fun of going to a new country is trying out the food. With every place quickly becoming like every other place,  it’s sometimes the only way you know you’re in another country. Besides the language, of … Continue reading

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Blue Lagoon: Tourist trap for those who hate tourist traps

Where I’m from, there’s a Starbucks on every corner.  In Iceland, there’s a geothermal pool around every corner. Geothermal pools are water heated by energy from the earth. Like being around a pot of simmering water all the time. That … Continue reading

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Many reasons to visit Iceland — even in winter

If you’re pondering where to vacation this year, here’s another destination for your list. Iceland. Seriously. And I say that after having been there in the dead of winter. As 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon might ask, Why would I want … Continue reading

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Barcelona to Nice, by SUV

What do you do when you’ve done the obligatory Spring Break drive from Philly to Miami? You could drive cross-country, which I intend to do someday, I think. Haven’t gotten around to conquering that one. If I do, I’ll invite … Continue reading

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Trending: Beyonce’s daughter reportedly sparks travel craze

Would you schlep to Europe just to see a tree? Lots of folks apparently already have. Now, the mayor of Hvar, Croatia, apparently is going out on a limb and hoping more join the crowd. Seems there’s a certain blue … Continue reading

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Why can’t all airports be like this? Sigh.

It was the perfect airport moment, short of having the Beach Boys singing God Only Knows while greeting your peeps like they did in Love Actually. (Yeah, I like a shot of sickeningly sweet every now and then. And I’m … Continue reading

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A not-so-little scrape with our European rental car

OK, now that I’m back from the Azores, it can be told: Instead of enjoying myself, this is how I spent part of my precious last day there. At a Mazda body shop. You shouldn’t know from it. I never … Continue reading

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Azores, Portugal: What a bunch of bull shirts

I don’t like bullfighting. That’s why I have no business eating anything with a face. Or sporting anything with leather. I try to stick to fish, and can’t go without chicken because I don’t have the vegetarian gene and always … Continue reading

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Lisbon, Portugal: My kind of New Year’s Eve

 Made it back to Lisbon. Checked into the Hotel Aviz this time. Where the guest roster’s included Frank Sinatra, Eva Peron — and us. But we had to run a marathon to get there. Meaning our taxi driver could only … Continue reading

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