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Archive for the month “August, 2011”

A PhotoTour of La Alhambra

Washington Irving (1783-1859) wrote “Tales of the Alhambra.”  The series of essays and short stories published in 1832, depicted his journey from Seville to Granada and chronicled his days at the Alhambra Palace.  In a recent visit to Spain, I traversed the path of Washington Irving through Andalusia from Seville to Granada, in route to the Alhambra. View Full Article

A Guest at the Hearst Castle…Stepping Back In Time

With the opulence and grandeur of a palatial European estate, the Hearst Castle is perched high atop a hill overlooking San Simeon and the Pacific Ocean.  The castle is the creation of newspaper publisher and tycoon, William Randolph Hearst.  Located on Highway 1, half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the estate combines art, architecture and magnificently manicured gardens.  Its history reads like a sultry romance novel; combining love, hate; wealth and scandal. View Full Article

The Café Terrace at Night…Following the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

Amsterdam was my first point of entry in Europe, so it will always be special to me.  Each time I return, I always get a feeling of both excitement and comfort in knowing what awaits me.  Amsterdam provided me with my first taste of European culture and my few days there left me wanting more.  It was my jumping off point to a new-found indulgence in art appreciation.  My first time to Amsterdam included visits to both the Rijks Museum and the van Gogh Museum; the likes of these can be saved for another post.  During that time, it seemed the more museums I visited, the more I wanted.  One might compare this to the euphoric addiction some might have to the notorious “coffee shops” (or cannabis cafés) of Amsterdam. View Full Article

Away for the Holidays…A Caribbean Cruise

Even though the dog days of summer are upon us and the holidays are the furthest thing from our minds, now is the perfect time to begin thinking about how to spend the holidays this year.  That’s right, according to Vacation Agent magazine; there is a trend in people booking holiday vacations six months in advance.  Cruising, in particular, is a popular choice for the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and New Year holidays. View Full Article

Away for the Holidays…Christmas Markets of Europe

One evening, a few weeks ago, I settled down in my comfy recliner with the idea of watching some good quality television.  I suppose I forgot that we are smack dab in the middle of summer and all my favorite shows are on hiatus, gearing up for the new fall season.  After surfing through what seemed like a hundred channels and realizing my choices came down to watching Andrew Zimmer ambitiously eat some unrecognizable animal body parts or an episode from the Andy of Mayberry marathon, I stumbled on a national home shopping network celebrating “Christmas In July.”  View full article

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