Italian Lakes & Mountains Pesto, the green pasta sauce infused with delicious local herbs and pine nuts, hails from Genoa, which is how it earns its name Pesto Genovese. Focaccia also originated in the Genoa area and is a true Italian delight to snack on as you explore the city’s narrow lanes and dignified palaces. […]
Embracing The Cold: Winter Travel Ideas
Winter travel to Europe will have you falling in love with the season of snow. Having lived in Europe for a decade, I have experienced some unforgettable winter activities that will make this year’s cooler months feel warm and bright. Here are just a few winter vacation ideas that will help you embrace the cold.
Ghost Villages Of Greece
The lesser-known history of Greece can be discovered in a more off-the-beaten path style by exploring its abandoned towns and villages. These ghost villages are fabulous for the visitor; an opportunity to gawk at the architecture and living arrangements of yesteryear without making the locals uncomfortable – because there are none!
The Swain Team’s Favorite Places & Experiences in Portugal
Lisbon & Porto We took day trips out of the city including a tour of the Pena Palace in Sintra which is truly a physical version of a fairytale. It was in one of the many quaint shops there that I purchased magnificent hand-crafted tile and pottery that adorns our home to this day. The […]
Last of the Summer Sun 2021
If you, like us, are aching to catch the last of the sun’s rays before we bid it goodbye for another spin of the Earth’s axis, then check out these fabulous destinations to indulge in the last of the summer sun in 2021. These destinations are warm, welcoming, and open to US travelers!