Girona, Spain – a rich Jewish history town

I arrived in Girona in the mid-afternoon of a bright winter day in January, after an easy one-hour drive from Barcelona’s El Prat Airport. Northern Catalonia’s largest city, Girona turned out to be bigger than I expected; I even got lost in a commercial area on its outskirts before finding my way downtown. I droveContinue reading “Girona, Spain – a rich Jewish history town”

Mallorca, Spain – the rich, the royals, the Germans

I arrived at night at Mallorca’s Palma airport, one of the busiest in Europe, and was intrigued right away by the amount of ads in German – not in Spanish, the language of the land. “The Germans own Mallorca, they buy everything they can,” explained my French friend Margot, who has a vacation home thereContinue reading “Mallorca, Spain – the rich, the royals, the Germans”

Madrid, Spain – reasons to go

I had not been to Spain in a long time, but returning to Madrid last month made me wonder what took me so long – Madrid is thriving! The Spanish capital is a lively city of 3 million people with everything that other European capitals offer: culture, history, gastronomy, art, plus two important ingredients addedContinue reading “Madrid, Spain – reasons to go”

Winter in Florida – best time to come

Due to the very high temperatures and humidity levels in Florida for most of the year, the best time to visit it is from late November to the beginning of April, winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The ‘season,’ as it’s called, is when the thermometer goes from the mid-90’s down to the very pleasant 70’sContinue reading “Winter in Florida – best time to come”

Mount Saint Michel part II – The skull with a hole

After visiting Mount Saint-Michel in France, my daughter Clara and I were impressed by the fantastic tales we had heard there. Perhaps the most fantastic of all is the legend of Saint Aubert, an 8th-century bishop of the nearby village of Avranches, a man so pious and religious that he was believed to  perform miracles. LegendContinue reading “Mount Saint Michel part II – The skull with a hole”

Mont Saint MicheI, France, Part I – A long overdue visit

Some places we visit enrich us with good moments, good memories and good pictures to show our people back home. Some others have a deeper effect on us – they change the way we feel and how we see things. Mount Saint-Michel, in France, was one of those. I knew that Mount Saint-Michel is oneContinue reading “Mont Saint MicheI, France, Part I – A long overdue visit”

The Gauchos of the Pampas, a breed surviving the times

In a world now dominated by technology, the Gauchos of South America stand practically  alone in their success in keeping their traditions alive, despite frenetic globalization.    The Gauchos flourished from the mid-18th to the mid 19th centuries in the region known as the Pampas, a vast portion of grassland that stretches from southern BrazilContinue reading “The Gauchos of the Pampas, a breed surviving the times”

Summer in New York – the good and the bad

What we call New York City is actually five distinct boroughs – Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. But for the purpose of this post, let’s focus on Manhattan, since it’s the place tourists visit the most. I just got back to Florida after a few days in NYC, and the city wasContinue reading “Summer in New York – the good and the bad”

World Cup 1998 – Losing in Geneva, winning in Paris

I will never forget that week in July, 1998, when I left my 11 year old daughter Clara in a summer camp in Geneva, Switzerland. It was the first time she would be away from home. The idea started when friends said that Le Rosey was a good school for girls to learn French quickly.Continue reading “World Cup 1998 – Losing in Geneva, winning in Paris”

Princess Diana’s death – that night in Paris

I was in Paris with my family in August of 1997 when tragedy struck near us… My husband and I, and our two daughters, arrived in Paris from New York early in the morning on a clear day in mid-August. We had rented a summer home in Mougins, a quaint village in the South, andContinue reading “Princess Diana’s death – that night in Paris”