You couldn’t pick a more perfect country to celebrate Halloween. Germany, with its many castles and half-timbered villages is like a stage setting. Last October I had the pleasure of taking a friend, who was visiting from the U.S., to a “Halloween” castle. My friend has lived and traveled extensively but this was her first … Continue reading October + Germany = Halloween!
Having grown up in California, it was hard for me to comprehend people from other parts of the country who “needed’ their four distinct seasons. Once I came to Europe to live, I then began to understand this seasonal need. I’ve learned to savor each season for the moods they create. Although it is hard … Continue reading Autumn in Germany – The Bewitching Season
Please read my latest article for France Today which is about a one-of-a-kind museum in the world that is the heart and soul of a city. I hope you will find the museum as appealing as I do. (Click here…) There is also a fascinating back story about the 152-years-old museum which should make for … Continue reading France: Lyon’s World-Class Fabric Museum
Unexpected pleasures await you at the end of the suspicious looking alley…(continue reading) Continue reading In the Ancient Arsenals of Marseille an Arabian Wellness Fantasy
Would you like to know where Benjamin Franklin spent a lot of his time during the 9 years he lived in Paris? Or where the great 17th century playwright Moliere liked to hang out? Read my article in Bonjour Paris. It includes a section on Auteuil’s splendid gardens (built by Louis XV) and magnificent Belle Epoque hothouses, … Continue reading Paris-Auteuil: A Tranquil Village in the City
Winter is a time to curl up into reflection mode – to read, to think, to dream, and to plan. On the other hand, it could get a little too fuzzy-warm and inward orientated. A vitalizing element is needed, if only in your mind. On that tone I invite you on a short, winter armchair journey … Continue reading Armenia in Winter
At the end of my first year in Moscow in 2002 (there were eight altogether), I wrote a long, descriptive letter to family and friends. In it I described a typical Russian New Year celebration that I experienced. I dug out that letter and would like to share part of it with you because, as … Continue reading A Russian New Year Memoir