I have written several articles about the great paintings of some of Spain's great master painters, so I cannot ignore Spain's greatest writer and greatest novel, Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Written...
Surprisingly, Spain's first great painter of notice was not even Spanish at all, but Greek. But, the Spanish have adopted Domenikos Theotokopoulas as their own "son" even though he was born on the island of Crete....
Las Meninas, painted by Diego Velazquez in 1656. wikipedia One of the most highly viewed and analyzed paintings in Spanish history is the portrait painting by Diego Velazquez, Las Meninas. Diego Rodriguez de Silva y...
Piazza del Popolo as it looks today in Ravenna, Italy. wikipedia Traveling in Italy is always beautiful and filled with ancient history and artifacts because of the Holy Roman Empire which had its world headquarters in...
Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. wikipedia Once upon a time and long ago, I lived in Germany for a time and one of the most impressive of Catholic cathedrals in Germany is in the city of Cologne northwest of Frankfurt. It...
Tilman Riemenschneider, master woodcarver and sculptor from Wurzburg, Germany gives us a glimpse into the Middle Ages through his artistic woodcarvings.
La Maja Vestida (The Clothed Woman) by Francisco Goya The Prado Museum Madrid, Spain wikipedia One of the loveliest paintings, in my opinion, of all time is La Maja Vestida (The Clothed Woman) by Spain's renowned...
Gaudi's hyperbolic parabollid in the nave of La Sagrada Familia. wikipedia Spain's greatest master architect is by far Antoni Gaudi i Cornet and also the figurehead of Catalan Modernism in which his works reflect his...
The Tilted Field 1923-24 Guggenheim Museum, New York City. Miro's first Surrealist masterpiece. wikipedia Besides Picasso, another of my favorite Spanish painters and artists is Joan Miro, who painted in the...
In my travels to Russia and the Hermitage Museum, I greatly anticipated seeing the famous Imperial Faberge Eggs of the Russian Imperial Families designed and created before the Russian Revolution. I was not disappointed...
Arabesque tapestry with monogram of Sigismund II Augustus of Poland, Brussels ca. 1555 wikipedia Once upon a time and and not too long ago, I volunteered at Hale Farm & Village a historic property and 1800's living...
The tempestuous marriage of Kahlo and Rivera was evident in their paintings of bold colors, large and simple brush strokes, and reverence to the Mexican peasants and culture.
Sadly, season 6 of Downton Abbey is its last. It has been a shining light on Masterpiece on PBS. We will miss it! In the U.S., season six starts January 3.
"Amazing Grace", the church hymn, John Newton, a slave trader, and William Wilberforce, a representative in Parliament in Great Britain, all came together to join in the fight to end slavery in the British Empire. A...
Mexico's Muralism movement brought three of Mexico's social realist artists to the forefront of the movement.
Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) the land of the Aztec sun god.
M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! If you are an original Mouskeeter, you will remember that song! Walt Disney and his loveable Mickey Mouse are two of America's most loveable "characters."
Pachacuti was the greatest of the Inca emperors and greatly enlarged the Inca Empire during his reign.
Aztec pyramid ruins as seen today. wikipedia As most of us know, the discovery and conquest of the Americas was done by the Spanish Empire in the 1500's. Columbus began with the discovery of the Caribbean Islands and...
Stonehenge as it looks today. wikipedia Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument, located in the English county of Wiltshire, approximately two miles west of Amesbury and eight miles north of Salisburgy, is one of the most...
Beautiful Monte Cassino monastery in Italy as it looks today. wikipedia The beautiful edifice pictured above is the monastery at Monte Cassino, Italy, situated on a rocky hill about 80 miles southeast of Rome. It is...
Read about Michelangelo, the epitome of the Italian Renaissance man, and his greaest works.
Visit the Andalusian region of Spain where flamenco dancing and bullfighting originated. See the lovely cities of Sevilla, Granada, and Cordoba. Then visit the Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean Sea.
See the beautiful Castillian region of Spain around Madrid; Toledo, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, and El Escorial.
Spain's lovely capital city, Madrid, has so much to offer to the traveler, student, or resident because of its history, area, and passionate culture.
Spain's most magnificent and unusual modernist architect - Santiago Calatrava - is world-renowned.
Pablo Picasso is Spain's greatest modern painter and artist.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? One of the most famous of Shakespeare's Sonnets.
Who are Los Desaparecidos of Buenos Aires, Argentina?
"The Faerie Queene" by Edmund Spenser, English literary writer, is an epic and allegorical poem involving King Arthur.
Le Morte 'd Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory is considered the "go-to" novel for the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
King Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, Lancelot - are they real historical figures or just legend?
It's Alexander's for fine American and European Cuisine and fine dining in Naples, FL. Located at 4077 Rt 41 (Tamiami Trl) Ste. D101 in Naples. It is easily accessible to get to and to park, but is also tucked away in a...
Shakespeare's immortal words, but are names really important or not?
A recently written biography, "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson, a noted writer and newsperson, is a fascinating look at the man who co-founded Apple, and changed the world forever.
A botched burglary investigated by two green Washington Post reporters, became known as the Watergate Scandal and took down the Presidency of Richard Nixon.
Dante Alighieri wikipedia He is so important to Italian literature, that he is known only by his first name, Dante. That he wrote the Divine Comedy, probably the greatest literary work ever composed in the Italian...
Start your seashell collection by "shelling" on the pristine beaches of Sanibel Island, and learn to do the "Sanibel stoop."
Fallingwater, outside Pittsburgh, PA, designed by American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Wikipedia Many years ago, while in college, an art major friend and I made a trip from Akron, Oh to just outside Pittsburgh, PA...
Diamonds are a girl's best friend. But, have you ever considered wearing turquoise and silver jewelry hand- crafted by Native Americans?
Will it be a Merry or Unmerry Christmas this year? Read this poem and decide for yourself.
The Peanuts Gang is returning to film this holiday season, 2015. Don't miss the antics of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang by Charles M. Schulz.
The "Messiah" the most performed oratorio in the world is a holiday tradition to look forward to. The music was composed by George Handel.
A young American student takes a Spanish art history course at the University of Salamanca in Spain and learns more than Spanish Art.
See and read about the lovely city of Salamanca, Spain, the home of the University of Salamanca since 1218. It is a great place to study and has a thriving Spanish and international student population.
A woman's quest for an Olympic medal is crushed when a tragic incident occurs right before the national trials.
Words of Wisdom by William Shakespeare from which we all can learn.
See one of America's largest wetlands and ecosystem in the Everglades in Florida. Also view the varied and endangered wildlife in the National Everglades Park.
See Isernia, Italy, a city built 300 years BC and the birthplace of my grandfather. It is only an hour car drive from Rome, Italy.
Steve Jobs - an American genius who is an inspiration to us all - passed away October 5, 2011.
The round-trip journey that the Monarch butterflies make each autumn and spring is only done by every 4th generation of Monarchs.
The rare scarlet ibis and the white egret in flight are two of the most beautiful views of nature you can find in Florida.
How the dreams of an eleven year old little girl came true in Salzburg, Austria.
Is that beautiful creature in the Gulf of Mexico a dolphin or a porpoise?
Mass hysteria and religious fervor brought about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and the convictions and deaths of innocent people.
See Neuschwanstein Castle in southern Bavaria in Germany and see one of the world's most famous and popular castles. Learn a little about the life of "Mad" King Ludvig II.
Sadly, also located on the Romantic Road in Germany is Dachau Concentration Camp from WWII.
Leaving Rothenburg, Germany, we drive south to the next stop on the Romantic Road - Nuremberg, Germany.
The next stop on the Romantic Road is the charming medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Continue exploring The Romantic Road, this time in Bamberg, Germany, home of the Bamberg Horseman. Find him for good luck.
Come join me on a tour of the Romantic Road in Germany. Wurzburg, Germany is the first city going south on the Romantic Road in Germany. This road is full of castles, old walled cities, medieval knights, and...
Get off the beaten track in northern Bavaria, Germany and visit a real castle with moat, still owned by members of its original family.
Barcelona, Spain is an exilerating, modern city to visit when traveling, full of great food, art, architecture and night life.
Naples, Florida comes in again as the best place to find "jewels of the gulf", seashells and other sea life with shells that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico.
Try this mouth-watering omelette from Spain - La Tortilla Espanola.
A quick and easy receipe for Spain's national dish - paella. It can be made from start to finish in 30-45 minutes top.
Take time this holiday season or anytime to check out Naples, Florida's premiere choir and chorale for an afternoon or evening of beautiful music.
Looking for the best zoo in the world? See the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the home of Jack Hanna, emeritus director of the zoo.
Don't miss the individual beaches along the seven miles of gorgeous white-sand beaches of Naples, Florida.