THE COASTAL GARDEN
ON THE HILL

There's a magical hilltop town called Èze that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. While a bit touristy, it was charming and beautiful.

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RETURN TO ITALIA
ON THE SEA

As we drove southeast along the Mediterranean cliffs in our little car, my excitement level rose: I was returning to Italy.

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A WALK ON THE
LUXURIOUS SIDE

On a brilliantly bright and sunny day with big clouds in the sky, our afternoon in the city-state of Monaco was perfect.

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CLOUDY AFTERNOON
ON THE CÔTE d’AZUR

Even with the clouds, Nice is a beautiful city. And, while we didn't swim in the azure blue waters, while there we did certainly have a French Riviera experience.

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APPROACHING
ATOMIUM

As we landed in Brussels, out my window I saw this structure. Multiple silver balls suspended in air. It was beautiful then. It was even more impressive up close.

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A WALK AMONG
THE GODS OF JUSTICE

Walking up the steps past gargantuan columns, it felt as if we were walking into the past. Into a Grecian or Roman forum or palace or marketplace.

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AFTERNOON STROLL
THROUGH BRUSSELS

From one side of Brussels to the other, passing through parks, monuments and stopping at an amazing cafe for coffee.

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SUNRISE AND SUNSET IN BRUSSELS

There's nothing like being in a city you've never been in before, and your first experiences are at sunset and sunrise.

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CRETAN WEATHER,
THEY SAY

The island of Spinalonga has a rich history – from medieval forts to modern leper colony, now it lies empty save the tourists arriving from Plaka and Elounda daily.

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IN SEARCH OF
AN ISLAND BEACH

Santorini really is as beautiful as the postcards show. The whitewash homes, hotels and churches provide a stark contrast to the islands extremely rugged terrain – mostly rocks and short grasses.

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CLIMBING OUR WAY
THROUGH ATHENS

The history, the ruins, the sights, the museums that awaited me - I couldn't have been more excited to climb around Athens.

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PATHWAYS OF
SARAJEVO

While the road to Sarajevo for us was one of intense heat, a broken down bus and beautiful river views, Sarajevo's past is far darker and different.

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CRUISING THE COASTAL
CITIES OF CROATIA

After Zagreb, our last two destinations in Croatia included the small town of Šibenik and the large, cruise port city of Dubrovnik.

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PARADISE
IN THE BALKANS

Using Šibenik as our home base, the four of us embarked on a day trip to one of the singular most breathtaking places I have ever been: Krka National Park.

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THE MAGICAL CEMETERY
OUTSIDE ZAGREB

We spent hours wandering around Mirogoj cemetery, but truly just walking into it would have satisfied my appetite to "get away" from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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BEFORE AND AFTER
IN PARIS

I made it back to Europe far sooner than I expected in life. These photos are both before that journey, and then after we returned back to Paris.

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MY LAST DAYS
IN ROME

As my time in Italy was coming to an end, I spent as much time as possible exploring its cobblestone streets.

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LITTLE PORCH

The train ride south to Sicily was the most beautiful train ride I've ever taken.

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A WEEK SPENT
IN BERLIN

My long journey through eastern Europe was coming to an end, but what a way to capstone my trip.

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CHESS BOARD

In a park in this little Transylvanian town in Romania I found these dilapidated chess boards.

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BLUE WATERS
OF CAPRI

Capri is the vacation spot of the stars - and me for a weekend too!

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A NIGHT
IN THE TOWER

Visiting beautiful Sorrento was pretty cool. Staying in a tower on the coast? Even cooler.

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PLAYING HOOKY ON
PALATINE HILL

The only day I have ever skipped class, I toured the Colosseum and Palatine Hill - what fun!

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LIGHT
BEAM

The beam of light reminds me of what this place must have been before Vesuvius erupted.

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ISLAND
SUNSET

Trekking back from the island of Ischia to Naples, the island said farewell with a beautiful view.

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CASTLES ON
THE MOUNTAIN

Two sets of walls from different eras adorn the mountain above Sintra.

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UP AND DOWN,
IN AND AROUND LISBON

The hills and the environs of the Portuguese capital were well worth the exploration.

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CITY IN
THE HIGHLANDS

Between the nook gardens and majestic Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh kept us enthralled

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ODD LITTLE TOWN
IN THE HEEL OF ITALY

For a beach town, Lecce was pretty weird when it snowed.

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COLUMNS BY
THE ANCIENT SEA

Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome, filled me with ecstasy as I explored its stone promenades, racing the setting sun.

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THE TRUE FACE
OF VENICE

The city of canals is crumbling, sinking lower each year. I'm glad I had the chance to see it while it lasts.

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GRANDPA

Important life lessons while wearing Sunday's best

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WHERE DAVID
GAZES

While one David sleeps in his museum, another watches the river, the bridges, the people - the city of Florence.

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CITY AMONG
THE RUINS

Engulfed by Rome, visiting Vatican City remains one of my fondest - and most troubling - memories.

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HILL TOWN

The towns of Umbria wind around precarious cliffs. The trade off? A room with a view.

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DISCOVERING THE
LANDMARKS OF ROMA

The Pantheon. The Forum. Villa Borghese. Love at first sight.

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THE ENCHANTMENT
OF KILLARNEY

Wet and covered in clouds, Killarney enchanted us as we strolled, hiked, boated and biked through its beauty.

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DUBLIN BAY
ENVIRONS

Spending my last days gallivanting around Dublin environs...

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CLIFFS, CASTLES
AND TOMBS

The famed cliffs, the Burren and quiet Connemara country pulled me to take a lone weekend trip through the land - well worth it.

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VISAGES
IN THE TOWER

Staring me down in the Tower, the visages of Elizabeth I revealed much.

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AINGEAL
OF POWERSCOURT

"Aingeal" means angel in Irish.

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THE GUARDIANS OF
COUNTY SLIGO

A journey through rolling hills, unkempt pastures and faerie mounds

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THE BOGSIDE

"The bogside is your womb, and education, your umbilical cord."

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THE LEGEND OF
FINN McCOOL

Legend has it that Finn McCool, an Irish giant, built a bridge to Scotland to face his Scottish equivalent. The Giant's Causeway is all that's left of it.

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ABOUT BELFAST
DIVISIONS

For a city and region ripped apart by violence, the experience of Northern Ireland and its culture and history was as memorable as it was affecting.

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VIEWS FROM
THE ROCK OF CASHEL

In the center of Ireland is the Rock of Cashel - a breathtaking set of ruins atop a hill. One of my best memories.

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CASTLE
IN THE SKY

During the day, we explored the massive castle grounds - and the next morn, awoke to the same place laced with fog.

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THE ESTATE BY
THE LAKE

Decrepit and wild, the Glenveagh Estate rests at the edge of a lake. It was an appropriately quiet and dark day.

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THE RUINS OF
FORT CHARLES

Kinsale is a small coastal town with the ruins of Fort Charles and the beautiful bay where annual sailing races take place.

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BLARNEY TREE

Blarney Castle and its grounds are more breathtaking than I ever expected. Well worth the visit.

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ADVENTURES AT
BRAY HEAD

Upon reaching the top of Bray Head, our breath was stolen by the expansive view of Dublin Bay.

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ISLANDS AT THE
EDGE OF THE WORLD

The Aran Islands on the western coast of Ireland have hundreds of miles of stone walls and on its own western coast, a ruined fort. I stood there on the cliff. I stood on the edge of the world.

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COMPOSITIONS OF A
GROWING CITY

Winding through the streets of Dublin was my primary past time when I lived in the city...always with camera in tow.

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THE BOG

Bogs are very important in the culture and terrain of Ireland - and this was the first bog I had ever seen. Mmmmm the smell of peat!

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STROLLING
THROUGH SPAIN

Each backstreet and nook held something to explore or marvel at - whether the fountains of Alhambra or the fountain dead end plazas in Cordoba.

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THE FIRST TIME
I WENT TO PARIS

Hot, wet, busy, overwhelming. Pretty much describes Paris in June, yeah?

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