While I love urban thrills, it’s worthwhile to get outside the city limits.
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Pablo Picasso was the most famous and -- OK, I'll say it -- greatest artist of the 20th century.
Lyon is France's best-kept secret. Its urban scene is enjoyably elegant without a hint of crass tourism.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy." There is no better place in the world to confirm what Franklin said than in Tuscany.
In the heart of the Czech Republic, Prague is "the golden city of a hundred spires."
It's a joy to surrender to the Greek way of living.
One of the most touristy places in all of Britain is at its far southwest tip, cleverly called Land's End.
In my quest to experience Europe as the locals do — intimately and on all fronts — I make a point to eat well.
I like to take in European history by strolling a neighbourhood, as if beachcombing.
I often preach that travel is more rewarding when you get beyond the blockbuster sights and touristy clichés and get intimate with a culture and its people.
Music has always been an important part of my life.
My palate has come a long way from my "Europe through the gutter" days, when my travel diet consisted of peanut butter and strawberry jam on cheap baguettes.
I've found that a day biking in the great outdoors can be just as culturally fulfilling as time spent in a great church or art gallery.
Just a two-hour drive from jammed-with-tourists Florence, you'll find what is perhaps Italy's most underrated hill town: Volterra.
Crowds are becoming an increasing nuisance at top European attractions.
St. Petersburg continually amazes me.
Although their kings and queens don't come cheap and today are only figureheads, most Brits seem to thoroughly enjoy having a royal family.
Whether tackling big cities or quaint villages in Europe, you don't want to feel like a stranger in a strange land (even though that's what you are).
Oslo recently overtook Tokyo as the most expensive city in the world. That doesn't surprise me in the least.
How do you fit a whole trip's worth of luggage into a small suitcase or backpack? The answer is simple: Bring very little.