Seat of the ancient city state of Athens, the Acropolis sits perched on a plateaued rock high above the sprawling city below. Dedicated to its patron, the goddess Athena, the Athenian Acropolis is crowned by the Parthenon, which stands sentinel over Athens and is visible from almost anywhere within theRead More →

Said to be the most complex land edge on the Earth, a lifetime could be well-spent exploring Norway’s 63,000 miles of fjords, bays, inlets, and island shores. In fact, if the length of Norway’s coast could be stretched out into a line, it would circle the planet two and aRead More →

With over 600 miles of shoreline along the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, the Turkish Riviera, also known popularly as the Turquoise Coast, is an area of southwest Turkey known for its warm climate, warm sea, mountainous scenery, beautiful beaches, and abundant natural and archaeological sites. The Turquoise Coast is aRead More →

The Principality of Asturias is an autonomous community in north-west Spain bordered by Cantabria to the east, Castile and León to the south, Galicia to the west, and by the Bay of Biscay to the north. Though largely unknown to tourists, Asturias is a stunningly beautiful region of Spain withRead More →

Stretching from Italy, through France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, and into Slovenia, the Alps are a stunning mountain range formed by the uplift of the European Plate as it is impacted by the African Plate.   Spectacular peaks, valleys, and glacier-fed lakes abound. The Alps host some of the bestRead More →

North of Sicily sits the Island of Salina, the second largest of the Aeolian Islands. Salina is shaped by two extinct volcanoes, Monte dei Porri and Monte Fossa delle Felci. Due to its natural freshwater springs, Salina boasts a lush, green landscape in stark contrast to the barren volcanic terrainRead More →

Austria’s capital city of Vienna was once the imperial capital of the powerful Austro-Hungarian Empire until the dissolution of the empire following defeat in World War I. Remnants of Vienna’s legacy as an imperial capital, including the Habsburgs’ summer residence Schönbrunnare, are scattered throughout the city. Vienna’s artistic and intellectualRead More →

Located in the Schwyzer Alps of Central Switzerland, Mount Rigi or simply The Rigi is almost entirely surrounded by three different lakes – Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, and Lake Lauerz. Also known as Queen of the Mountains, Mount Rigi’s majestic peninsula on Lake Lucerne is an idyllic setting for theRead More →

South east of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, located in the Province of Salerno in southern Italy, is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Known for the brightly colored terrace houses that cling to the sea-side mountain slopes and stunning naturalRead More →