By Jim Ferri The light in Venice is so soft it’s seductive. Every morning and evening it transforms the city and its canals into a palette of pastels. As dawn and dusk settle on Venice, the ethereal light softens everything it touches. It’s not just the beauty of the tableaux, though; it’s the physical feeling
By Jim Ferri Around Paris, there are several hidden and once-ornate galeries or passages. They are calm oases in the midst of the bustling city. They are also quite interesting to visit as you walk about the city. They are hamlets within the city, boutique- and bistro-lined private streets, with glass ceilings to allow light
By Jim Ferri Drive around Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, and you’ll quickly discover why it’s one of the most popular trips in Ireland. Beginning and ending Killarney on the southwest coast of Ireland, it’s an easy drive with beautiful inland and coastal views. The drive itself is only about 125 miles in length, but don’t
By Jim Ferri The snow was swirling across the cobblestones as I wandered along the street in Amsterdam. With the frigid North Sea wind nipping at my face, I looked downward, intent on skirting little patches of ice. I kept moving along, occasionally looking upward, in search of a restaurant to spend the evening. I
By Jim Ferri My train was speeding along the shoreline of Lake Geneva when I first saw the vineyards. Just outside Montreux, Switzerland, lines of vines ran up the steep, terraced hillside, skirting the occasional red-roofed house. Atop it a small village was tucked into the sea of green, looking as if colored there by
By Jim Ferri Puglia is a little, and for many, unknown, slice of idyllic, sun-baked Italy. On the east side of Italy, Puglia’s northern tip is at approximately the same longitude as Naples. In the south, it’s the heel of Italy’s geographic boot that splits the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. It’s relatively small – only
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.