10 Historic Churches in Paris that Belong on Your Paris Itinerary

Paris has captivated visitors for centuries with its soaring basilicas and quietly elegant chapels. Famed for its religious traditions harkening back all the way to before Charlemagne, no trip to Paris is complete without stopping by one (or ten) of Paris’s magnificent churches. Whether you choose to drop in on a Catholic cathedral, Huguenot temple, … Read more

Normandy: Commemorating D-Day in Pictures (Photo Essay)

Introduction This past week, I went to Normandy for the 73rd D-Day anniversary commemorations. I traveled with Liberation Route Europe, a foundation whose mission is to monitor and develop the Allies’ liberation route and to promote a transnational understanding of the liberation of Europe. I have several history projects over the next month from this trip, … Read more

The Beaches of Normandy

The Cliffs of Pointe du Hoc

Listen to the Episode “The Beaches of Normandy” Subscribe in iTunes Other ways to listen and subscribe. We all know the basic story of the Allied Forces storming the Beaches of Normandy in World War II. It’s one of the most dramatic and harrowing events in modern warfare. But my brain couldn’t comprehend the size … Read more

11 Stunning Catholic Monasteries Everyone Should See

Kylemore Abbey from my Irish Road Trip in May

Catholic Monasteries are some of my Favorite Places As a history lover and former Catholic, I adore visiting Catholic monasteries for their history, art, and architecture. From the nunnery where the real Maria von Trapp lived in Austria to visiting the stunning Kylemore Abbey while backpacking in Ireland, I’ve spent many days on the road … Read more

27 of the Best Opera Houses in Europe for a Perfect Night Out

Germany - Dresden - DRESDEN, GERMANY - June 15, 2019: The famous opera house Semperoper in Dresden after a concert after sunset

Whenever I travel, I always look for a fun or elegant performance that I can add to my itinerary. In London, this was seeing a Shakespeare production in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. In NYC, this meant seeing Hamilton during a fantastic New York weekend. And in Vienna, this, of course, meant going to the Vienna … Read more

Best Day Trips from Bordeaux

France - Saint-Emilion

Arcachon Bay: Arcachon Bay is perceived as a treasure in the French coast located 55 kilometers south-west of Bordeaux. It is bestowed with multiple beautiful sceneries such as the sandy white beaches, pine forests, oyster ports, a famous peninsula and the highest dune in Europe. The most significant phenomenon of Arcachon Bay is Dune du … Read more