Walking in Siracusa Sicily Italy

Siracusa, on the island of Sicily, is well known for its rich Greek history, which includes ancient amphitheaters, architecture, and culture. The entire city of Siracusa is a UNESCO World Heritage site, citing  the numerous “monuments and archaeological sites situated in Syracuse are the finest example of outstanding architectural creation spanning several cultural aspects; Greek, Roman and Baroque.” Additionally, it […]


  The construction of the Gothic-styled Cathedral of Our Lady, a Roman Catholic cathedral that is a centerpiece of Antwerp, Belgium, was started in the middle of the 14th century, although not completed until 1518. It features exemplary Gothic architecture, yet also blends well with the ornate Baroque architecture of the rest of the city. The interior […]


Photo Friday: Lisbon at Night

by El-El on December 27, 2013

Lisbon Portugal at night

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, even older than Rome, Paris, and London (by a couple hundred years). Often overshadowed by those well known capital cities, Lisbon provides travelers with a much less expensive travel experience, offering wide choices for value luxury priced hotel, food, and sightseeing. And with the airport […]


Photo Friday: Pitigliano, Italy

by El-El on December 20, 2013

Pitigliano Italy

During the middle ages, Pitigliano, Italy, situated between Florence and Siena, was a refuge to Jewish settlers.  As Jews were being expelled in other areas of Italy (and the rest of Europe), many settled peacefully among the hills of Pitgliano. For awhile, it was considered the little Jerusalem, and while the population has dwindled, many […]


Photo Friday: Arenas de Barcelona

by El-El on December 13, 2013

Arenas de Barcelona

It may still look like the bullring that it was in a previous life, but the Arenas de Barcelona is now a shopping and business complex near the Placa d’Espanya. Bull fighting was never popular in Barcelona, and it was banned completely in 2012, so for much of its life, this bull ring sat empty […]


Photo Friday: Barcelona Airport, Spain

by El-El on November 29, 2013

Barcelona Airport

Barcelona’s El Prat Airport (BCN) is located about seven and half miles from the city center, and is the second largest airport in Spain (behind Madrid). It is the primary airport in Catalonia and primarily serves domestic Spain routes along with European and North African destinations, with more limited service to North America. It the 9th […]


Photo Friday: Antwerp Central Station, Belgium

by El-El on November 8, 2013

Central Station, Antwerp Belgium

Most visitors to Antwerp will arrive by train at the ornate Central Station, an impressive structure of stone, iron, and glass. Stand at look up at the dome, look around at the turrets, and marvel and the glass, gold, and marble. The Central Station was completed in 1905, and although it has been refurbished and […]


Photo Friday: Big Sur California

by El-El on November 1, 2013

Big Sur

Big Sur, meaning the big south, is a popular tourist destination along California’s Monterey Peninsula coastline. Most visitors experience Big Sur by driving Highway 1 along the coast between Carmel and San Simeon. It’s a stunning 90 mile road trip taking you from sea level to 1,00 foot drops, so remember to use one of […]


Photo Friday: Antwerp City Hall

by El-El on October 25, 2013

Built in the mid 1500s, Antwerp’s Renaissance-styled City Hall rings the Great Market Square. The façade of the building has been influence by classic Renaissance styling, with overpowering mullioned windows and Doric and Ionic columns. The ornamental center section holds female statuary representing Justice, Prudence, and the Virgin Mary, the latter mirroring the cultural heritage […]


Photo Friday: Siena, Italy, Home of the Palio

by El-El on October 18, 2013

Piazza in Siena

From the Kentucky Derby to the United Kingdom’s Derby Stakes, horse racing captures the attention of fans around the world as they cheer their favorite around an oval track. While those races may be held on a wide open track, the Palio de Sienna is a racing derby held in the city square. It’s got the […]