Europe

Friday Photo: Cezanne’s Studio

cezanne studio

Bonjour from the French Riviera! This Friday Photo is coming to you straight from my phone in Aix-en-Provence. This is the front door of Paul Cezanne’s studio. The inside is exactly like he left it, complete with his coats and…

Friday Photo: Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick Statue in Co. Meath

I wanted to use a picture from Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland for this week’s Friday Photo, but I couldn’t. The weather was awful (surprise!) and I couldn’t afford a fancy DSLR back then. By the time March rolled around,…

Friday Photo: Born in Barcelona

Carrer dels Mirallers Born Barcelona

This is Carrer dels Mirallers in El Born – a great example of the dark, puzzling, narrow alleys that wind around one of Barcelona’s most popular neighborhoods. As you can imagine, this stone alleyway has a haunted history. One of…

Friday Photo: Driving in Ireland

Irish country road

When people tell me they want to drive around Ireland on their vacation, I show them this picture – or any number of pictures I have that look exactly like this. This is a typical small-town, two-way Irish road. Oh sure,…

Guest Post: London’s Brick Lane

Brick Lane Banksy

One of my favorite parts of London that the average visitor never gets to see is Brick Lane. The area’s industrial, working class roots led to its reputation as one of London’s rougher areas. What started as worrisome has now morphed…

Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez paintings

Saint Tropez was simply a fishing village on the French Riviera at the start of the twentieth century. Like many coastal French towns, it has a very peculiar allure – a je ne sais quoi if ever there was one.…

Newgrange

At first glance, Newgrange makes very little sense. It looks like nothing more than a dome overgrown with grass. The stone etchings surrounding the building appear too perfect to be truly ancient. The entire structure seems like it was modeled…

Cobh

Cobh boat ramp

If you’re lucky enough to visit on a warm and sunny day, the picturesque Irish town of Cobh (pronounced “Cove”) might seem downright tropical. This harbor town boasts pastel-colored buildings, palm trees, sailboats, outdoor seating, and nautical motifs in abundance.…

Kilkenny

The city of Kilkenny is the type of place most people expect to see when they visit Ireland. It has ancient stone walls, medieval alleyways, arched bridges over the River Nore, a stunning cathedral, and one of the nicest castles…