Nou d’Octubre: A Celebration of Valencia

This week we celebrate Nou d’octubre, the day King Jaume I liberated Valencia from Moorish rule in 1238. Celebrations around the city include parades through the historic city centre (where we live), live music, food, fireworks (always fireworks in Valencia!) and at least 9 gorgeous historical buildings now used as government buildings are temporarily open …

The Church of Santa Lucia dei Magnoli – Florence, Tuscany, Italy

I love coming across old gems! We are here in Florence for the week. This is our very first time in Italy. The city is extremely photogenic with the Arno river flowing through it and the iconic architecture. I was out exploring today (as I am known to do) and came across a little-known historical …

Foto del Día: Edificio de Correos, Valencia

I went to the Post Office today to post a few cards to family back in the U.S. As are many government buildings here in Spain, it turned out to be a destination. The Edificio de Correos (Post Office building) here in Valencia sits right on Placa de l'Ajuntament (Town Hall Plaza), one of the …

Discover Valencia’s Ancient History for the Price of a Gelato!

More than 2,200 years of Valencia's history can be found in this tiny museum behind the Cathedral of Valencia. It is called the Centre Arqueològic de l'Almoina and it contains ruins and artifacts from Valencia's rich past including its Roman, Visigoth and Moorish periods from 2,200 B.C. to about 1,000 A.D. I found it fascinating …

Sea, Sunshine and Salty Goodness in Komiža, Vis Island, Croatia

Last Friday we ventured over to the other side of Vis to the second largest town on the island, Komiža. When some fellow-travelers from Vienna described Komiža as even smaller than Vis Town, I didn't think that could be possible. Turns out, I was wrong. Komiža, at last census, had less than 1,400 residents. Its …

Vis Town, Croatia: First Impressions

We've made it to Vis and it is truly a gem in the Adriatic! If you are a regular TIC reader, you'll know that in 2015 I had a life-changing epiphany that would drastically affect my life's trajectory. If you haven't already done so, I might suggest you read some of that backstory in two …

Old Kotor en noir

Just thumbing through my photos... and found this gem. ... from Old Town Kotor, Montenegro 🇲🇪 Such a fascinating city in a beautiful and fascinating part of the world. If you've never been, think Dubrovnik on a much smaller scale... and with fewer crowds. The hills rise up dramatically from the Bay of Kotor. Thinking …

Cetinje, the Old Historic Capital of Montenegro 🇲🇪

*This post recounts some of my adventures from the summer of 2018 traveling solo in Montenegro. When I asked about recommendations for historic sites in Montenegro, my Airbnb host mentioned Cetinje without hesitation. Cetinje is the old capital of this tiny Balkan country and the residence of the current Montenegrin president. This city of about …

Welcome to Kotor, Montenegro!

I am hesitant to write this post. I've been here in Montenegro less than 24 hours, but already it has exceeded all expectations. that hesitation comes from a selfish and scarcity mindset. I'd like to keep this gorgeous part of the world my own little secret. If everyone comes, it won't be the same. But …

La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

She is breathtaking. Every spring evening around 22:00 as a brilliant gold and orange sun is setting on this beautiful city, lights illuminate the exterior of the Notre-Dame cathedral. This Gothic masterpiece, which has been an icon of the City of Lights for centuries, is a sight to behold during the day, but truly stuns …