Operation Overlord: 70 Years Later

70 years after General Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the D-Day invasion onto the beaches of Normandy France, June 6, 1944 remains one of the most revered dates in American history. During the blustery early morning hours of June 6th, 160,000 American, British and Canadian troops crossed the English Channel from Great Britain and descended upon five separate Normandy beaches codenamed…

Touring Spain: Santiago de Compostela

On a recent trip to Spain, my friend Julia and I found ourselves traversing the narrow winding roads through the Galician countryside. Located in the northwestern part of Spain, geography here is particularly hilly, and given the heavy accumulation of rainfall, the countryside is verdant and green. Arriving in Galicia’s capital of  Santiago de Compestela,…

Firenze … Renaissance City (Part I)

Firenze … Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance! The capital city of Tuscany is awash in magnificent art, architecture, gardens and, well, beauty in general. When Polly and I arrived in Florence, we dropped our luggage at our hotel near Piazza della Santa Maria Novella, and immediately dashed out to explore the deep roots of this…

The Mysterious Seduction of Medieval Siena

Tuscany’s medieval city of Siena is safely tucked within vast archaic walls dating to the 1200s. Outside these walls, Siena (capital of the Province of Siena) is a contemporary, enterprising city offering modern conveniences. However, walking through the gates into ancient, walled Siena, Polly and I were greeted with narrow cobblestone streets shaded by massive…