We arrived on the train from Ljubljana in Venice late afternoon, when the sun was already low in the sky, and the lines to get into San Marco Basilica were … Read more
There’s so much construction going on at Mont Saint Michel monastery off the coast of Normandy that the better photos of the exterior are probably shot from a distance. Like … Read more
When it comes to the history of Europe, you have to admit that Aachen, which was Charlemagne‘s capital, plays a pretty important role. From the 9th Century to the sad … Read more
Kris and I visited 13 foreign countries in 2013. In order: Spain, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Canada, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Japan, back to Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary. … Read more
San Miguel de Allende is perhaps best known among Americans (of the United States variety) as a charming colonial town with lots of attractions for the expats and tourists. There … Read more
Of all the remarkable cathedrals in Spain, one of my favorites is Leon. The windows are the best of any church I’ve ever seen. One of the early problems with … Read more
When Kris and I lived in Madrid thirty-two years ago we worked at a language school that was about eight blocks from our apartment. One of the routes we often took to work took us past a nondescript building with two large oak doors and a small sign beside one of them which identified it as a convent. (Here’s the Google map.)
The same sign offered tours during limited hours, but in all the time we lived here, and in our many subsequent visits to Madrid, we never got around to seeing what was inside the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales. We remedied that this time.