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Agrigento – Valley of the Temples

Agrigento – Valley of the Temples

The city of Agrigento lies near the southern coast of Sicily with only the Mediterranean separating it from North Africa. On a long ridge across from the modern city, lie the ruins of Akragas, one of the crown jewels of the ancient world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here the remains of seven Greek […]

Passage to Cuba

Passage to Cuba

All images copyright Cynthia Carris Alonso. Passage to Cuba is available at Amazon.com and bookstores everywhere.

Lake Como and Villa Del Balbianello

Lake Como and Villa Del Balbianello

Lake Como is one of northern Italy’s most famous areas thanks to its pristine mountain-ringed waters, palatial┬ávilllas with lush grounds like Villa del Balbaniello, one of the settings for Casino Royale, and of course, celebrities like George Clooney who own houses there. Just an hour north of Milan, the city of Como on the lake’s […]

Christmas Markets of Germany

Christmas Markets of Germany

Germany is famous for its extravagant Christmas Markets full of holiday treats and gifts. Here are our favorites from around the country.

Chateau Chenonceau

Chateau Chenonceau

Chateau Chenonceau is perhaps the most stately of France’s Loire Valley chateaus. Built in the 16th Century, the chateau is probably best known for its stunning design over the River Cher with the river flowing directly beneath. This year, the chateau is celebrating 500 years since the original buildings were constructed. For more info, visit […]

Fortress Chateaus of the Loire

Fortress Chateaus of the Loire

Petit Chateaus of the Loire Valley

Petit Chateaus of the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is famous for its stunning chateaus, which were maintained by the nobility yet always at the disposal of the French kings. Here is a look at some of the smaller, less visited chateaus of Angers, Azay le Rideau and Cheverny. Photos copyright TheSavvyExplorer.com/ All rights reserved

Palaces of Vienna

Palaces of Vienna

         

Castles in Spain

Castles in Spain

Spain’s long and storied history is still on display today in its many well-preserved castles and fortresses. This photo gallery includes a collection of Spanish castles from Segovia, Madrid and Andalusia. Click here to follow in the Footsteps of the Moors in Andalusia. Photos courtesy of the┬áTourist Office in Spain and TheSavvyExplorer.

Rabat, Morocco

Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, is flush with history and culture unbeknownst to the many Morocco-bound tourists who flock to Tangiers and Casablanca. For those who venture off the beaten path, however, Rabat will prove just as rewarding.

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