Top 8 Things To Do in Bordeaux

Column of the Girondins

Located in southwestern France, 60 kilometers east of the Atlantic Ocean, this wine famous city has a lot to offer; it has witnessed many civilizations and is now a UNESCO heritage site. It was used as the basis of modern Paris’ architecture and recently, buildings in most neighborhoods were cleaned giving it the reputation of […]

Paris, France: Public Spaces in the Right Bank

Jardin de Tuileries

A little known fact about Paris is that it had a very long time ban on walking and therefore sitting on the grass in its numerous public parks, squares and gardens. Luckily, for locals and tourists alike, this ban was lifted in 1997 and hence most of its hundreds of parks and gardens are now […]

Rotterdam: Discovering the Modern in the Traditional

Cube Houses Rotterdam

Thinking of the Netherlands, a lot of people associate windmills, old houses, town canals, or the color orange (apart from that tasty green substance). These are elements that can be found in nearly all Dutch cities and it is something that Dutch people are especially fond of. However, in Rotterdam, history has taught us that […]

Haunted Britain: England’s Spookiest Locations

Highgate Cemetery

Halloween is just around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be bursting with excitement. In the spirit of this popular holiday, I’m inviting you to take a virtual tour of some of Britain’s spookiest locations. Halloween might be more of a big deal in countries like America and Ireland, but England tops […]

Paying Homage to The Lizard King

Jim Morrison

They come by the thousands from all parts of the world. Some were not yet born when The Lizard King reigned.  They leave trinkets, drugs and graffiti acclaiming him.  Jim Morrison was the songwriter and lead singer for The Doors.  He skyrocketed to fame with his iconic 1967 hit “Light My Fire”.  He continues to […]

Rome, Italy: Lights, Camera…Natale!


It is my humble opinion that there is NO bad time to come to Rome, however, on the top of my list for visiting the Eternal City is at Christmas time!  Lit-up on December 8, La Festa dell’Immacolata Concezione (the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception) and left illuminating until la Epifania (Epiphany – January […]

Rome, Italy: The Eternal City’s Backstreets


All roads may lead to Rome but not all streets in Rome are created equal. In this ancient, convoluted, enchanting, twisted mass of boulevards, tiny lanes and mini piazzas, one could roam around on foot for days and never see the same street twice.  Or, in my case, walk in circles for three hours and never […]

Historical Pub Crawl on King Street, Bristol

© Bruno Girin

In the mid 18th century, Bristol was England’s second largest city and a hotbed for merchants and sailors who sailed across the Atlantic, importing exotic goods like cocoa, rum, tobacco and sugar. Bristol is well known for its maritime history, and taverns and alehouses along the harbour side (the majority of which had been established […]