Category Archives: Spotlights

Spotlight on the Cinqueterra

              Cinqueterra refers to five villages on the Italian Riviera (the Levante coast) in the province of Liguria.  The villages all have in common the fact that they are precipitously situated on cliffs that … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, and, although a large city, preserves an interesting and rather pleasant Old Town. The current city began as two towns which merged and subsequently expanded.  Of interest to the tourist are the Upper Town, … Continue reading

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Spotlight on St Augustine

St Augustine, Florida is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the United States.  Its occupation began with Ponce de Leon’s landing here in 1513.  It was primarily a Spanish territory, but was ceded to England for a short time … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Charlottesville

Monticello is Thomas Jefferson’s estate in Charlottesville, Virginia.  It was both his ultimate retreat and his passion, since he was intimately involved in its construction and subsequent modifications.  The home contains original furnishings and memorabilia from Jefferson’s eclectic life. One … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Xi’an

No one suspected that Xi’an, a former capital city of China and starting point of the Silk Road, held a secret which would become the most important archaeological find of the 20th century, until, in 1974, a farmer stumbled on … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Lucca

           Lucca is another of Tuscany’s gems. It began as a Roman colony in 180 B.C. and elements of the Roman presence are still evident. However, the charm of the town is in its walls, which … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Ljubljana

Ljubljana, Slovenia, which has been described as a “little Prague” has much of the beauty and charm of the latter but without the hordes of tourists.  Even though it is a fairly large city, Ljubljana has a small town feel, … Continue reading

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Gardens of the World — Barbados

The sub-tropical paradise of the Caribbean Islands is a place where one should rightfully expect to find glorious gardens. After all, the climate here is perfect for the growth of plants year-round. The most beautiful gardens that we have visited … Continue reading

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Gardens of the World — Croatia

Croatia’s youthful capital city, Zagreb, features excellent botanical gardens in the museum-filled Lower Town. These gardens are extremely popular, especially with locals, as a refuge from the hubbub and chaos of city life. There are tranquil paths and lovely ponds … Continue reading

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Gardens of the World — Russia

Russia, with its northern climate and brutal winters, is not a place that would typically be thought of when one considers gardens around the world. The inhospitable temperatures prohibit the planting of tropical or sub-tropical botanical specimens. However, summer gardens … Continue reading

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