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2 Sweets and 2 Drinks You Must Try in Madrid

The Spanish love their sweets. And, they are delicious. In fact, later in this article I will commit the unforgivable sin of putting a Spanish treat ahead of a similar French one (at least unforgivable to the French). But, remember, you’ll order these sweet treats for breakfast, not after a meal for dessert. So, here’s…

6 Tapas Dishes You Must Try In Madrid

About Tapas There are plenty of high-end and Michelin starred restaurants in Madrid. But the best way to get inside the city is to sample the countless traditional tapas bars. Look for restaurants with a plaque in front of them. These are awarded by the City of Madrid to restaurants that have been in operation…

Killing time in Ortigia, Sicily

Accordion player in the piazza (Photo: Brent Petersen) Excerpt from a larger piece I’m working on: Ortigia is a maze of winding, narrow streets.  Three story limestone buildings fill the island, blotting the sun from most of the interior streets, barely wide enough for a Fiat 500 to pass.  Pedestrians step into doorways to avoid…

Ravenel Bridge, Charleston, SC

Completed in just 2005, the Ravenel Bridge (technically, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge) has become one of the iconic sites in Charleston. That’s because of the striking diamond-shaped towers with cables stretching hundreds of feet make for a beautiful vista above the Cooper River.

Whale Watching in Honolulu

First thing we saw when setting out was a rainbow. Must be good luck! Winter is whale watching season in Hawaii. Humpback whales travel from the waters around Alaska, where they feed in the summer, to Hawaii, where they give birth and feed their calves, in winter. Humpback whales were hunted to near extinction, but…

Chinese New Year, Honolulu

Lion at the Chinese New Year celebration, Honolulu (Photo: Brent Petersen) Chinese New Year is Tuesday, February 5th, 2019. In Hawaii, there is a sizable Chinese population, so there is a big celebration. Chinatown in Honolulu, of course, is the center of the festivities, but there are Chinese New Year celebrations…

St. Martin’s Day

Ljubljana, Slovenia Photo: Brent Petersen November 11th is St. Martin’s Day, a feast day celebrated throughout Europe to commemorate Saint Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier who became a monk.  Saint Martin is known for giving away all his possessions except his cloak.  One day he saw a beggar in snowstorm…

What did I eat?

Guest Blogger – Vesna Plakanis Vesna Plakanis and her husband Erik are certified naturalists and owners of the outdoor backpacking and tour company A Walk In The Woods. Her guest blogger post about some mystery meat in Costa Rica will make you laugh. Or gag. Photo courtesy of Vesna Plakanis Guest…

Festa Italiana, Honolulu, Hawaii

Photo: Brent Petersen Italians first visited Hawaii almost 200 years ago. And while their numbers are small on the islands, wherever Italians go, their pride in their culture follows. Apertol Spritz Photo: Brent Petersen The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii (FOISOH) is a group promoting the…

A trip to Italy leads tourists to traipse for truffles

Rick Kaempfer, guest blogger Rick Kaempfer is an author and publisher based in Chicagoland. He’s also lived in Germany and has traveled extensively with his family. Check out Rick’s blog for more of his writing including the many books he has authored, all of which are highly recommended. His labor or love, Just One Bad…

South Africa by Train

Rick Kaempfer, guest blogger Rick Kaempfer is an author and publisher based in Chicagoland. He’s also lived in Germany and has traveled extensively with his family. Check out Rick’s blog for more of his writing including the many books he has authored, all of which are highly recommended. His labor or love, Just One Bad…

Undiscovered Chianti

Vertine, Italy Photo: Brent Petersen Tuscany is perhaps the best known region of Italy and is quite crowded with tourists. But, there are still some hill towns whose cobbled streets aren’t jammed with daytrippers from Florence or Siena. That’s usually because they don’t have blockbuster artistic and architectural attractions or the…

Graffiti in Palermo, Sicily

Graffiti in Palermo, Sicily Palermo has some great street art. Here are some of my favorite pictures. (Photo: Brent Petersen) (Photo: Brent Petersen) (Photo: Brent Petersen) (Photo: Brent Petersen) (Photo: Brent Petersen) (Photo: Brent Petersen)

Records for sale

Records for sale Photo: Brent Petersen Photo: Brent Petersen Photo: Brent Petersen Whenever I see a street market or flea market I always stop and browse. You’ll always find the coolest gadgets and junk.  A couple folks are usually selling old albums and…

Straw the police’s noise

Graffiti in Turin, Italy (Photo: Brent Petersen) I have not idea what the literal translation of “Straw the Police’s Noise” is because I don’t think there is a real Italian verb “Straw.” But, looking at the picture, I think I can guess the meaning,

Dinosaur tracks, Leander, Texas

Dinosaur track in Leander, TX (photo: Brent Petersen) Between 66 and 125 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed Texas. There are several places where you can see real dinosaur tracks, including the popular Dinosaur Valley State Park. But, I was excited to find out that you can see dinosaur tracks in the…

Dancing to the latest sounds

Photo: Brent Petersen This kid was obviously enjoying the music at the Buzet Truffle Festival in Buzet, Croatia.

Skyline Club, Austin, Texas

Photo: Brent Petersen Recently, I discovered that Hank Williams made his final public appearance at the Skyline Club in Austin on December 19th, 1952. Hank would be found dead in the backseat of his Cadillac less than two weeks later. By the end of his life, Hank was in bad shape. He was popping pain…

Stickwork, Austin, Texas

Photo: Brent Petersen At Custer Meadow in Pease Park in Austin is a new piece of artwork, a series of sculptures called Stickwork. Artist Patrick Dougherty created the structures using branches and saplings from local trees, tying them together and making them into the shapes you see in these pictures.

Pont Alexander III, Paris

Pont Alexander III, Paris

One of the nicest ways to spend an afternoon in Paris is by wandering along the Seine. In the 7th arrondissement you’ll see one of the grandest bridges in Paris, Pont Alexander III. The bridge was completed in 1900 as a symbol of the Franco-Russian alliance and is named after Russian Tsar Alexander III. There…

Searching for that elusive truffle

An excerpt from my novel “Truffle Hunt,” about why so many people trudge into the woods looking for truffles. My novel Truffle Huntavailable for download There must be a pretty stong motivation for hundreds, maybe thousands of men and women to get up before dawn every morning and chase their dogs through the Motovun Forest…

Papyrus making in Sicily

Photo: Brent Petersen Less than an hour from Catania’s international airport in Sicily is one of my favorite towns in the world, Ortigia.  Ortigia is a small island connected by two bridges to the city of Syracuse. There are lots of reasons to visit Ortigia, the warm weather and sparkling water, incredible Sicilian baroque architecture,…

Vespa in Florence, Italy

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="586"] Photo: Brent Petersen I spotted this vespa with a cracked windshield in Florence and it captivated me.  I wanted to know the story.  How did the windshield get cracked?  A pebble shot up from the wheel of a car in front?  Some debris falling off a truck?  An angry pedestrian trying…

Glasgow Botanic Garden, Scotland

(Photo: Brent Petersen) Glasgow’s west end is only a couple miles from George Square, but in some ways it’s a world away.  Here, Glasgow University rules and students are everywhere, and therefore, so are cell phone top off shops and greasy Chippies (fish and chip fast food restaurants.) (Photo: Brent Petersen) The west end is…

Paprika chips

Paprika Chips Photo: Brent Petersen One of my favorite things about travel is discovering new foods.  Everywhere little town or region in Europe has its own cuisine or, at least, its own dish that makes it famous. I enjoy regional cuisine so much, I centered much of my novel, Truffle Hunt,…

Citrus in Sicily

Fresh squeezed orange juice made with citrus from the Ortigia Market (photo: Brent Petersen) The exact dates vary, but the Arabs are known to have introduced citrus to Sicily about 1,000 years ago.  The fruit has been a mainstay on the island ever since.  The trees grow easily in the warm…

Piazza Castello, Turin, Italy

Photo: Brent Petersen Photo: Brent Petersen Photo: Brent Petersen Photo: Brent Petersen Torino’s Piazza Castello really goes all out for Christmas.  There’s a massive cone of spectacularly colored lights that create a Christmas tree on the piazza.  There’s also a giant Advent calendar…

Christmas in Turin, Italy

The start of our Christmas dinner at Eatly, Turin (photo: Brent Petersen) It’s Christmas day in Torino, Italy.  Nothing is open, not even the little coffee shop where we get a shot of caffeine every morning.  Luckily, the woman we are renting the apartment from has made us breakfast.  Juice, pastry,…

Bicerin, the famous coffee drink of Turin, Italy

Bicerin at al Bicerin in Turin, Italy (photo: Brent Petersen) If you visit Turin (Torino), Italy, you’re sure to hear about their famous beverage, Bicerin.  First made in the 18th century, the drink must be made carefully so as not to risk mixing the ingredients because deconstructing it as you consume…

Currywurst, Berlin

Vegan currywurst from Curry at the Wall, Berlin (photo: Brent Petersen) Currywurst might be the most popular fast food in Berlin.  It’s cheap, it’s filling, and it’s delicious. Currywurst stands are all over the city, little booths with a tiny, open kitchen where the sausage is steamed and then fried.  There’s usually a couple stand…