The Road from Stuttgart to Lisbon – Part 2

(James and Jenean Derheim are scouting new locations for future tours in southern Spain, on their way to pick up returning clients in Lisbon on May 27) May 24 Resting and recuperating with the sound of birds coming from the garden after a series of very long drives of 600, 700 and 850 kilometers on […]

Postcard from La Mancha, Spain

Jenean Lindley Derheim dreams of Don Quixote above the town of Consuegra, La Mancha, Spain on May 23. The hill above the town is studded with 12 well-preserved windmills, most of which are more than 300 years old. There is also a huge castle, first mentioned in the 11th century.

The Road from Stuttgart to Lisbon – Part 1

May 21 We’re on our way to Lisbon where we’ll greet return guests Art and Carol for their sixth trip with European Focus since 2007. Along the way, we’re scouting locations for future tours and yes, even pausing to do nothing for a bit. After nine nights spent in Otlingen, near Stuttgart, Germany (a record […]

A Lunch to Remember in Nitry, France

June 11 We love to make a lunch stop an event to remember. So on June 3rd, which happened to be Mother’s Day in most of Europe, we made arrangements to stop at one of our favorite country inns in the hamlet of Nitry, Burgundy. We called ahead and it’s a good thing we did, […]

Postcard from Alsace, France

Dambach la Ville on a brilliant September morning.