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
By Jim Ferri Following a river cruise that ended in Amsterdam, I had a few extra days before my flight back home. I decided to conduct an experiment of sorts. Since travel about Holland and Belgium is easy due to the short distances involved, I decided to go south. In Bruges I planned to spend
By Jim Ferri Some years ago, my wife and I, another couple, and our daughter and son-in-law rented a villa in Tuscany. It was about 30 minutes outside of Florence. To this day my wife still says it was the best vacation we ever had. And I totally agree. In fact, it was such a
By Jim Ferri London is one of the most visited cities in the world, crammed full with so many incredible museums and galleries, overflowing with fantastic restaurants, and chockablock full of superb shopping opportunities, And, of course, there’s all that pomp and ceremony. But believe me, you’ll want to take one of these day trips