Three special lanes in Pienza, Tuscany

April 13 While strolling around the beautiful hilltop town of Pienza in the Val d’Orcia, Tuscany recently we were told by a couple of locals that the three streets leading to a pretty overview have some special significance in the way they are lined up, and the way they are named. Approaching from the south, […]

Civita di Bagnoregio

This lost village on a high, crumbling hilltop was founded by Etruscans over twenty-five hundred years ago, but has seen its population dwindle to just fifteen residents over the course of the 20th century. Civit√† was the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure, who died in 1274. The location of his boyhood house has long since fallen […]

Santiago di Compostela, Spain

We made it! More than 4,300 kilometers after leaving Prague, we arrived in Santiago di Compostela, Spain on a clear and warm May evening. Unlike the thousands of pilgrims who have walked here, we immediately checked into our hotel and took a long siesta. Then, as the sun was setting, we walked the block and […]