Hungary

Hungary

Hungary is unlike anywhere in Europe. Though it’s at the center of the Continent, its extremely long and complicated history ties it more to the east than the west. Whether you explore its cities or its countryside, you’ll think you’ve left Europe because its language, its food, its music, and its people are so very(…)

Zurich – City of Gnomes

Zurich – City of Gnomes

Fairytales speak of gnomes who work their magic at night. Lord George Brown, the former British Foreign Secretary, called Zurich’s powerful bankers the “gnomes of Zurich.” True, Zurich is a citadel of high finance, a center of the international gold trade and, with its numbered bank accounts, a refuge for funds from all over the(…)

A Canadian Salad

A Canadian Salad

Bouzouki music emanates from beneath the awning of a sidewalk café on Danforth Avenue, where a small Saturday lunch crowd dines on taramasalata, ouzen potatoes, and lamb kebabs. A few patrons chat quietly in Greek, sipping thick, black espresso and smoking sweet-smelling cigarettes. One bleary-eyed young man with dark curly hair and black stubble on(…)

Where Beer and Wurst Reside

Where Beer and Wurst Reside

It goes without saying that if you like beer, you’ll love Munich. And even if it’s not carnival season, crowds join Muencheners in beer halls and gardens throughout the city. Munich has been an party town since the days of Mad King Ludwig, the royal insomniac who took sleigh rides at 2 A.M. and dotted(…)

Madrid

Madrid

Ask a child where the capital city of a country is located and they might draw a star smack in the center of a square. After all, shouldn’t the place responsible for a nation be in the very middle? Of course we learn as we grow older that this isn’t so; the metropolis that oversees(…)