Category: Travel

Stories and recommendations from our travels

View from Bonnieux house

A Week in Provence

We spent a relaxing week in Provence, from our home base in the hilltop town of Bonnieux.

View near Alba

Tasting Wine and Truffles in Alba, Italy

From Bologna, we traveled to the northwest of Italy, to Piedmont. On our last trip to Italy in 2018, our friends Pete and Kari joined us in Siena, then they traveled up to Piedmont...

Bologna: Europe’s Oldest College Town

I’ve always enjoyed visiting college towns – from Ann Arbor to Madison, to Cambridge, both Massachusetts and the UK. In 2021 we visited Coimbra, the home of Europe’s second oldest university, so this time,...

Scooter in Siena

Two Weeks in Siena

We traveled to Italy and Provence in the fall of 2022 and it was great to get back to more normal traveling – no pandemic restrictions, no masks required – but the crowds were...

Coimbra and Fatima

The next day, we said goodbye to Olga and Fernando and headed south to Coimbra, just a short ride on the fast train from Porto.  Coimbra appealed to me for a couple of reasons....

Porto View from Vila Gaia

Porto and the Douro Valley

After our long week cycling in Alentejo, our taxi came to the farmhouse to take us to the train for the next leg of our trip, up to Porto, Portugal’s second city and the...

Miradora Sao Pedro de Alcantara Lisbon View

Two visits to Lisbon

We began and ended our Portuguese journey with Lisbon. We started with a few nights to get acclimated and see some sights. Since we wanted to make sure we had enough time to get...

Sunset over the Douro River Porto

20 Days in Portugal

I’ve been dreaming about traveling to Portugal for years. I bought my first Lonely Planet guide right after I left my job in 2018. We visited Italy first, then circumstances kept us from going...