A Guide to Exploring Valletta: Malta’s Tiny, But Mighty, Capital City

What to see and do in the captivating Mediterranean city of Valletta, Malta.

Conquering Montenegro’s Kotor Fortress

When night falls over the rugged mountains cradling Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor, it becomes very clear why the country’s native name, Crna Gora, means ‘black mountain.’ As the sun is snuffed out each night, the mountains make like a chameleon, going from steel grey to a black silhouette. Eventually, the water of the mighty bayContinue reading “Conquering Montenegro’s Kotor Fortress”

Savoring the Moments in Modena, Italy

   “We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese As we strolled the cobbled streets of Modena, Italy, surrounded by the graceful city’s earth-toned buildings, we couldn’t help but feel that we were back in an exotic part of the world that doesn’t often see visitors. The portico-packed, elegant lanes were decidedly Italian inContinue reading “Savoring the Moments in Modena, Italy”

Strolling Through Šibenik, Croatia

  A bit of a diamond in the rough, Šibenik is a city that quietly invited us to stroll in a pleasantly-aimless fashion. Situated near Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Coast and Krka National Park, we didn’t find an abundance of things to do in Šibenik, but that just added to its charm. Instead, our afternoon was filled mingling with locals and a friendly feline, and people-watching momentsContinue reading “Strolling Through Šibenik, Croatia”

Love in the Air: A Wedding in Modena, Italy

  “Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi  Shortly before the centuries-old bell tower tolled five o’clock, a crowd of uninvited and surprise guests huddled together on Modena’s Piazza Grande to celebrate a marriage. A crisp-white Fiat dressed in balloons stood guard on the cobbled Italian town square, ready to whisk the new couple away.Continue reading “Love in the Air: A Wedding in Modena, Italy”

Photo du Jour: The Red Balloon – Šibenik, Croatia

  A young girl, carrying a cherry-colored balloon, explores the entrance to the Cathedral of Saint James in Šibenik, Croatia, as lion statues seemingly look on. During our café break, across the square from the cathedral, we actually saw a steady stream of local little ones climbing atop the lions and playing hide & seek.Continue reading “Photo du Jour: The Red Balloon – Šibenik, Croatia”

Savoring the Sunset at Greece’s Meteora Monasteries

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi  As we looked into the sea of dramatic rock formations being illuminated by the lemon chiffon-colored setting sun, our Greek host George asked the five of us to observeContinue reading “Savoring the Sunset at Greece’s Meteora Monasteries”