Authentic Food of the Cinque Terre

Authentic Food of the Cinque Terre

Want to try some of the best cuisine in Italy?  The food of the Cinque terre is a delight that needs to be sought out and included on any trip to the “Italian Riviera”.  In fact, the food of the Cinque Terre —including pesto genovese,...
Is the Blood of Christ in Europe?

Is the Blood of Christ in Europe?

Relics have long been part of many religious traditions, and indeed Europe is brimming with churches and cathedrals built to venerate literally thousands of these precious remnants of martyrs and saints.  In Bruges, Belgium, there is a relic sacred above all others...
Rust Never Sleeps

Rust Never Sleeps

The Eiffel Tower, that accidental icon of Paris, is under constant threat, and the armed soldiers walking around the base are doing nothing to stop it.  Though their presence is accepted and appreciated by visitors and Parisians alike, the threat I’m talking...
Don’t order French Fries in Belgium!

Don’t order French Fries in Belgium!

  Frites – the national dish of Belgium Dating back to the 1600’s, people in the French speaking region of Belgium (Wallonia) experienced a shortage of river fish that they would usually catch and fry up in the winter.  Someone got the idea to cut...
Biking in the Low Countries

Biking in the Low Countries

They don’t call Belgium and the Netherlands the “low” countries for nothing.  The “nether” in “Netherlands” actually means “lower”. With most of the land at or below sea level, and nary a hill in sight, you...
“You don’t even have a tan”

“You don’t even have a tan”

Upon return from one of my trips to Europe in 2012, a neighbour asked me, “So what do you do when you’re over there?  I mean, you don’t even have a tan.” I actually did have some colour from hiking under the warm Italian sun in the...