Visiting Cézanne’s home in Aix

Provence has been home and inspiration to many of the world’s greatest artists since the 19th century. Some were native Provençal, some came from other lands, but they were all attracted by the intense light and colors of the south of France. Among the natives, none is more important than Paul Cézanne, considered the fatherContinue reading “Visiting Cézanne’s home in Aix”

Van Gogh and St-Rémy-de-Provence

Visiting the psychiatric hospital Saint-Paul de Mausole, where Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh spent one year, in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, moved me to tears. I’m a big fan of his bold colors and mad brush strokes, and I am aware of his tragic story. Van Gogh moved to the south of France in 1888, after two yearsContinue reading “Van Gogh and St-Rémy-de-Provence”

Avignon, France – the City of the Popes

Most people will love Avignon for its perfect Provencal weather, art festivals and the Avignon Bridge (le Pont d’Avignon) half-way over the Rhone River. Probably the most famous bridge in France, it was immortalized in the children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon on y danse tous en rond”. Those who attended Catholic schools will rememberContinue reading “Avignon, France – the City of the Popes”

The charm of St. Remy de Provence, France

The first time I went to St. Rémy-de-Provence, a small historic town next to Aix-en-Provence, I was with my friend Monique, a native of Aix. She picked St. Rémy to show me the heart of her Provence, and as soon as we entered the village, I knew why. If you can imagine a perfect ProvencalContinue reading “The charm of St. Remy de Provence, France”

Ronda, Spain – a most romantic town

The first thing I noticed in Ronda, even before exploring the town, was how friendly the locals are. I had arrived from Seville for a two-night stay in this town that is considered the most spectacular of the nine Pueblos Blancos (white villages) of Andalusia. It was raining and there were no taxis at theContinue reading “Ronda, Spain – a most romantic town”

Marbella – a true story

Marbella’ was once the glamorous destination of the international jet set, but these days its fame has to do mostly with its many beaches and golf. The undisputed golf capital of the Costa del Sol (sun coast), Marbella is located in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia, a main golfing destination in Europe, with moreContinue reading “Marbella – a true story”

Nerja, Spain – the Balcony of Europe

I had never heard of Nerja, until I began doing research for a trip to the province of Andalusia, Spain, in January of 2020. Then the name of this town on the Mediterranean started to come up quite often. Even those who avoid the rest of the Costa del Sol (sun coast), for considering itContinue reading “Nerja, Spain – the Balcony of Europe”

Málaga, Spain – arts & fun in the sun

Some travel guides bypass Malaga, an important seaport and the largest city in the southern part of the Andalusian region of Spain, on the Costa del Sol (coast of the sun). A prominent travel writer in the USA even advises people to skip the ‘overbuilt and overcrowded’ Costa del Sol altogether.  The problem with thatContinue reading “Málaga, Spain – arts & fun in the sun”

Granada, Spain – a place of dreams

I did the right thing by starting my tour of the Andalusia region of Spain with Seville, then Córdoba, then Granada. That’s because Granada is different.   At first it’s hard to define what makes it different; it seems to be something in the air. Perhaps the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada looming overContinue reading “Granada, Spain – a place of dreams”