Category: Europe

Photo Postcards: A Very Ukrainian Mary

I find it fascinating when I step into any Catholic Church around the world, there are often subtle artistic differences in the way that the Mother Mary is portrayed in paintings, tapestries and sculptures. During my recent visit to the magestic Monastery of the Basilian Fathers in Zhovkva, […]

The Most Evil Place in Europe

Almost all travelers will agree that experiencing a place through travel is much more powerful than reading about a destination or seeing it on television. In most travels, this is the great blessing: the sights, the sounds, the smells and the vividness that you take with you. But […]

Vitaliya in Carriage Five

My eyes slightly opened to a uniformed and somewhat agitated conductor in a white shirt speaking downward to me through the half-opened door of my train’s compartment. Through my earplugs, I heard a slavic language I didn’t understand, but I did recognize body language and a few words […]

Why I Love Belgium

Tuesday, March 22, was a historic and terrible day for the city of Brussels and all of Belgium, as terrorists struck Belgium’s capital. But I feel like this tragedy should not stop you from visiting this wonderful country. Today had me reflecting on the first time I visited […]

The Best Way to Norway

Sunday, September 1 – Today I would be leaving for Norway, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I would be cruising to Scandinavia from Southampton, the largest city in Hampshire on the south coast of England. The cruise would last nine days and eight nights […]

Back to London

Friday – August 30 – For the first time since I lived in London during my university years, I reunited with this city that I love. It reminded me of a famous quote by the English author, Samuel Johnson: “when a man is tired of London, he is […]

24 Hours in Zürich

Luxury watches, fine chocolate, meandering street trams, distant Alps and a majestic blue lake – these were the images I associated with Zürich. A visit to Switzerland’s largest city will confirm these images and impress you with even more. I have visited Europe a number of times, but […]

Goodbye Istanbul, Hello Paris

Sunday – October 16, 2011 – Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of vacation this year. Therefore, today I had to fly back to the U.S. while Mom, Dad and Jeff would continue their Turkish travels to Cappodoccia and back to Greece. I was definitely jealous, but I […]

Turkish Delight in Istanbul

Saturday – October 15, 2011 – After a full day and a half of sailing, this morning we arrived in one of the world’s greatest cities: Istanbul. We woke up early to watch our arrival in the only city in the world to straddle two continents (Europe and […]

Kuşadasi and Ephesus

Thursday – October 13, 2011 – After sailing down the Turkish Riviera during the evening from Bodrum, we arrived at 8 a.m. this morning in the Turkish city of Kuşadasi. The weather was beautiful today and sunny. Upon finishing breakfast, Mom, Dad, Jeff and I disembarked the Wind […]

Cruising the Turkish Riviera

Wednesday – October 12, 2011 – This morning the Wind Surf anchored in Bodrum, Turkey. This was the first time I have ever visited a Muslim country although Turkey is the world’s only secular Islamic country. The separation of Mosque and state was established in the early 1900s […]

Santorini, Pearl of the Aegean

Monday, October 10, 2011 – After a great visit Sunday to Mykonos and Delos, we cruised south on the ms Wind Surf to where the Aegean almost meets the Mediterranean. We went upstairs for breakfast as our ship approached one of the most beautiful islands in the world: Santorini. […]

Mykonos and Delos

Sunday, October 9, 2011 – After my first night ever sleeping on a cruise ship, I woke up very relaxed. This morning I woke up for the first time in the Greek Islands. We anchored offshore the classic Greek isle of Mykonos around 8 a.m. Jeff and I […]

To Athens via Charles de Gaulle

Friday – September 30, 2011 – After leaving Atlanta last night, I slept during most of my Air France flight before waking up over the English Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey outside my window. I enjoyed a delicious breakfast of eggs, ham and baguettes – this was Air […]

Off to Greece and Turkey!

Thursday – September 29, 2011 – Sun-drenched beaches, blue Aegean water, Greek ruins and exotic Istanbul. Those were the dreams that I have always longed to see in southeastern Europe. Today was the day I would have these dreams come true as I headed out on the trip […]

Adéu Barcelona!

Monday, July 31 – Unfortunately, today was my last day in Spain. I had to arise early, so I tried to be quiet as possible and not wake my brother up since he would leave out of Madrid the next day. Eventually he woke up and I gave […]

The Monastery of Montserrat

Sunday, July 30 – The next morning we ate our free breakfast of jamon, croissants, queso and orange juice before heading into the train station. We decided to take a day trip outside Barcelona to see some spectacular scenery in the mountains around Catalunya. A Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat […]

A Gaudi Day in Barcelona

Saturday, July 29 – This next morning we awoke to the sounds of handsaws and hammers, but we slept okay. We ate our free breakfast before grabbing our bags and checking out. We had already booked our other hotel for the next two nights We left our bags […]

Learning about Euskadi

Wednesday, July 26  – Today we would be leaving to experience another ethnically distinct autonomous region of Spain: Euskadi in Basque or Pais Vasco in Spanish – the Basque country. This morning, we took an ALSA (Interurbana de Autocares S.A.) bus leaving at 8 a.m. for the Basque […]

The End of the Camino de Santiago

Tuesday, July 25 – This morning we walked to San Cristóbal Station and took the train to Santiago de Compostela. The train covered the 45 miles in about 40 minutes. Santiago is the capital of Galicia, which is an autonomous region of Spain. Santiago means Saint James in the Gallego […]

Back in Madrid

Sunday, July 23 – After leaving Philadelphia last night, I woke up on my USAir flight this morning over Portugal and admired the plains of Castilla Leon before touching down at Barajas International Airport. What a joy to be back in Spain! Back during my first trip to […]

Heading back to Spain!

Saturday, July 22 – After my first year of being “out in the real world,” I had earned time for my first paid vacation. I longed to travel overseas some more since I worked in the international department at my company in Atlanta, so I decided to meet […]

Farewell to London

For four months, I studied abroad in London, England. These notes are select entries from my experiences in the United Kingdom and Western Europe from that time. Wednesday, December 9 – I woke up for my final day in London around 6:50 a.m. I finished packing my gear, […]

Copenhagen to Stockholm via Train

For four months, I studied abroad in London, England. These notes are select entries from my experiences in the United Kingdom and Western Europe from that time. Friday, December 4 – After a most interesting night sleeping in a shared compartment from Duisberg, Germany on a EuroNight train, […]