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Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Architectural Travel, Cultural Exploration, Destinations, France | 7 comments

Rolling On The Rhone River With Viking Cruises

Rolling On The Rhone River With Viking Cruises

September of this year saw me fulfilling a long-standing dream of taking a European River Cruise. From Provence in the south to Lyon in the  northern Rhone region of France, I spent seven days on board the Viking longship Buri. During the week long cruise, we stopped at six ports along the Rhone River. Each port was a mini history and culture lesson. Often the food and wine of a particular area was a special treat at dinner, as when we arrived in Tournon Sur Rhone, where just across the river are the famous Hermitage AOC Vineyards. That evening, we drank a local Syrah.  Food, wine, art, and architecture – all the things I love about Europe – were part of the cruise experience, which Viking does so well. This was my first time in France, and I was not disappointed. Many of my readers know that I’m a big Italophile, but this year I went to France instead of Italy. Who knew that France has almost as many...

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Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Architectural Travel, Destinations, Italy, Museums | 16 comments

5 Unusual and Eye-Catching Buildings in Turin, Italy

5 Unusual and Eye-Catching Buildings in Turin, Italy

This week I have a guest article from Diana Zahuranec, an expat living in Turin. Since I’m a big fan of interesting architecture, when Diana proposed this article I immediately said yes. In just a few weeks time I’ll be in Turin for the first time. Can’t wait to meet up with Diana and see for myself the amazing architecture of Turin.   5 Unusual and Eye-Catching Buildings in Turin Turin is known for its rich collection of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classical, and Art Nouveau architecture. Its tree-lined boulevards, miles of arcades, and royal castles make the one-time capital of Italy one of the most elegant and unique cities in Italy. But forget Baroque masterpieces and ancient Roman city quarters — today, we’re going to look at buildings that break the mold. From famous landmarks, to off the beaten track, here are five unique and eye-catching buildings to see in Turin.  Casa Scaccabarozzi Via Giulia di Barolo, 9   Let’s start small. The Torinese affectionately call the Scaccabarozzi House...

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Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in Architectural Travel, Museums, New York, Photography | 9 comments

Saugerties Lighthouse Trail  – Hudson Valley, New York

Saugerties Lighthouse Trail – Hudson Valley, New York

Lighthouses are romantic – symbols of an era when life was simpler and travel by water was the norm. Beacons of safety and civilization, a port in a storm; lighthouses inspire and comfort us. Historically lighthouses were built with accommodations included for the lighthouse keeper. After all, someone needed to be there to keep the whale oil burning. Thanks to the invention of electricity, there is no longer a need for the lighthouse keeper. At the confluence of the Hudson River and Esopus Creek is the Saugerties Lighthouse. A monument to a bygone era, it is now an extremely popular bed and breakfast, with a museum showcasing the history of the Lighthouse and the steamboat era on the Hudson River. The Guardian UK named the Saugerties Lighthouse one the top five in the world that includes a bed and breakfast. Staying at a lighthouse is a very intimate experience. I think in our busy and noisy world today, a lighthouse seems like a welcome escape back to nature and...

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Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Accommodations, Architectural Travel, Churches, Destinations, Food and Drink, New York | 90 comments

Cazenovia, New York: One of America’s Coolest Small Towns

Cazenovia, New York: One of America’s Coolest Small Towns

Where in the world is Cazenovia? Never heard of it? I hadn’t either, until serendipity stepped in…and next thing I knew I was booking a flight to New York (that’s a good story for another time). Since being nominated in Budget Traveler’s “Coolest Small Town in America” contest, I suspect a lot more people know about Cazenovia now. Don’t worry though, Cazenovia welcomes tourists, but the essence of what makes it cool won’t change for tourism. Besides, it’s not the easiest place to get to – you have to want to go there. Cazenovia, New York: One of America’s Coolest Small Towns   So, what makes Cazenovia, New York one of America’s coolest small towns? To visit Cazenovia is to step back in time. Though the people and lifestyle are completely modern, the architecture and rural landscape provide a sense of time and place that I’ve found to be uncommon in the United States. What else makes Cazenovia cool? Lake Cazenovia is pretty cool – surrounded by woods, there...

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Architectural Travel, Dallas, Destinations, Museums, Texas | 33 comments

An Art Deco Treasure: The Esplanade at Fair Park

An Art Deco Treasure: The Esplanade at Fair Park

I’m going to let you in on a secret. Visitors to Dallas that love architecture, beautiful outdoor public spaces, and want to learn a bit about the history Dallas and the state of Texas: go to Fair Park. Fair Park is an urban treasure and notable destination for Art Deco architecture in the US. Though Miami may boast the largest collection of art deco architecture in the world, Fair Park has the largest collection of art deco exhibition buildings,art, and sculpture in the U.S. It is one of the finest examples of excellent city planning and beautification of a public space to be found anywhere in the world. Join me in a walk around this dramatic and beautiful city park in Dallas, Texas. Fair Park is of significant historical value because it was the site of the 1936 Texas Centennial events and the State Fair of Texas has been held there every year for over 100 years. The park is also massive, 277 acres, so for the purpose of...

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