In Favor of Small Hotels

Share! I can’t imagine a better way to introduce the Youthful Adventurer to Europe than landing at Marco Polo airport in Venice, taking a water bus to Piazza San Marco as dusk descends, and then walking the narrow streets to…

Marie-Antoinette’s Life of Contrasts

Share! As a little girl, I had somehow managed to pick up a sufficient amount of European history to know that Marie-Antoinette had been a gray-haired queen of France. When I learned that the real name of my great-grandmother, whom…

Fast Food Traveler

Soda and fries from McDonald's outside the Kremlin, Moscow. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Share! Although I am a vegan most of the time, a pain-in-the-ass restaurant patron who frequently orders off menu, and increasingly a locavore, I am not a foodie when I am traveling. I’m not going to Russia or Germany or…