Our Four Days in Eclectic but Gritty Barcelona

Port Vell

Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, if not the world. This fact becomes evident as soon as you step off the train.&nb...


Five Reasons Why Mackinac Island has Best Beach on Lake Michigan

Round Island Lighthouse

For those of us who have lived close to the sea, a lake vacation is a different experience.  But, if you want a place that will change your mind ...


Dijon, France is More than Just About the Mustard

Les Ducs de Bourgogne

When you tell someone you've been to Dijon in France, the next question predictably, is that the mustard?  Dijon is the historic home of the...


Avignon and Arles Day Trip Snippets

Walking Along the Rhone in Arles

Our trip to Avignon and Arles was our visit during our stay in France. Avignon was the first stop on the TGV from Lyon, about an hour away. There is a...


The Do's and Don'ts When Getting a French Long-Stay Visa

Entry Stamp

Are you looking forward to living in France? Check out the long-stay visa requirements and be prepared for a bureaucratic exercise. The list is long, ...


Spanish Colonial Past in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Paoay Cathedral

Not many people will know that the Philippines was once the colony of Spain for 300 years. In the city of Vigan in the province of Ilocos Sur in the n...