By Jim Ferri Once regarded as an “if you’ve got time” afterthought, Lisbon, Portugal has emerged as Europe’s hot destination. The fact that it’s one of the most charming capital cities in Europe certainly has appealed to travelers. And the fact that it’s also a great value compared to other European capitals has also attracted
By Jim Ferri Like a bee to a moor of heather in bloom, Edinburgh lures me back time and again. I’m certain it addicts others, as well. From an artistic and cultural perspective, it tempts me as do very few other cities its size. Given its population, it has an abundance of cultural venues.
By Jim Ferri The Danes have a word for it: “hygge”. And Copenhagen oozes with it. Hygge is one of those words that doesn’t translate very well, but if you think ”coziness” and a nice atmosphere and wonderful people all around, you kind of get a sense of it. And even that really doesn’t capture
By Jim Ferri Ghent mimics Bruges and Amsterdam in so many ways. There’s that Old World architecture, of course. But there’s also bicycles, cobblestone streets, legions of cafés and pubs and delicious little restaurants. And old churches and art and an abundance of ambiance. In fact, the similarities seem endless. The one way Ghent doesn’t
By Jim Ferri For many travelers, Venice is one of the most entrancing cities in Europe, if not the world. It’s a mesmerizing city of black-hulled gondolas sliding quietly on myriad canals and under centuries-old little bridges. It’s a place of magnificent palazzos, wonderful museums, and scores of movie-set-like neighborhoods right on the water’s edge.
By Jim Ferri Many travelers would love to travel to Scandinavia. But for some there always seems to be a reason to put off the trip. It’s too long a flight…the cities are so far apart…the languages are incomprehensible. And, of course, the most famous of all: it’s way too expensive. I’ve harbored each of
By Jim Ferri You won’t find a city quite like Seville anywhere else in Spain. Probably, also not in all of Europe, for that matter. It’s a city of seduction. A city that seduces you not only with its beauty but also with its food, its history, its laid-back attitude. That attitudinal aspect is what
By Jim Ferri Many first-time American travelers find England so attractive because of our shared heritage and language. Once they travel about England, however, they find its appeal much deeper. Above all on this island nation, the cliché holds true: to travel through England is to travel through time. England, after all, is the country