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October 7, 2017

Sicily: Palermo 2016

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Visitors tour the roof of Cattedrale metropolitana della Santa Vergine Maria Assunta, Palermo’s cathedral.

Eight years had passed since we visited Palermo. Palermo was far from affluent in 2008. And when returned in December of 2016, it was clear that the intervening time hadn’t helped things. What was then a gritty and rundown city is now grittier and more run down. (more…)


January 30, 2016

Spain: Caceres


Plaza Mayor de Cáceres

Plaza Mayor de Cáceres

The Romans founded Cáceres Spain in 25 BC. Following the Romans, the Barbarians, the Visigoths, the Moors, and the Christians occupied Cáceres. Through it all Cáceres’ medieval quarter has remained remarkably intact. Today UNESCO recognizes historic Cáceres for its blend of Roman, Moorish, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. (more…)

January 19, 2016

France: Shopping for Food

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Inside a covered market

Inside a covered market

When it comes to buying food in France, there are choices. The smallest villages, if they have any shopping, might only have a mini-market or two, the last resort of a desperate shopper. Larger communes have supermarchés or the even larger hypermarchés, superstores that combine a supermarket with a department store. Supermarchés and hypermarchés are becoming increasingly popular with the French and are pushing the traditional options, the local butchers, bakers and weekly markets out of business. (more…)

January 18, 2016

Portugal: Lisbon, Tricana


It is said that Portugal has a love affair with canned fish. It is true. Canned fish is an art form in Lisbon. Numerous shops offer colorful tins of conserved seafood. We found canned fish at the Conserveira de Lisboa stall located at the excellent food court, Time Out Mercardo de Ribeira. (more…)

December 31, 2015

Portugal: Lisbon, Jerónimos Monastery and Tower of Belém

Torre de Belém

Torre de Belém

Along the north side of the Tagus River estuary at the edge of the municipality of Lisbon Portugal is Belém. This civil parish is the location of the UNESCO World Heritage designated “Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon,” two of Lisbon’s top tourist attractions. (more…)

June 12, 2013

France: Dijon—Marché Couvert


France’s covered markets rank amongst our favorite places.  A covered market (marché couvert in French) is typically a large open building.  Inside fixed stalls line the aisles.  On (more…)

January 2, 2013

France: Angers

Angers' castle

Angers’ castle

“Becky Angers France”


January 1, 2013

Spain: Segovia

El Acueducto in Segovia

El Acueducto in Segovia

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve always liked the sound of the name “Segovia”.  “Se-go-vi-a” rolls off the tongue with a pleasing velvety smoothness.  The agreeable (more…)

December 30, 2012

Spain: Salamanca

Vaulting high above Salamanca's nave

Vaulting high above Salamanca’s nave

Leaving Portugal we headed off to Spain via the modern freeway system.  Breezing by at the side of the motorway were the oak forest grazing grounds for free-range black-footed (more…)

December 7, 2012

Spain: Padrón

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Though a statue honors the local pepper sellers, we found it hard to find pimentos de Padrón in Padrón.

Though a statue honors the local pepper sellers, we found it hard to find pimentos de Padrón in Padrón.

Since our first visit to Northern Spain we’ve had a strong affinity for pimentos de Padrón.  These some times spicy little green peppers are addictive; our cravings have led to clinical (more…)

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