Crammed with chaos, Naples is appalling and captivating at the same time. Naples is one of Italy's major cruise ports, and ships dock right in the town center.
Porto ages happily on the Douro River, along with most of the world's port wine, near where the river meets the Atlantic.
In honor of Veterans Day, I've been thinking back to my recent stay in the Rhineland. All over Europe, there is little stomach for war. For some, visiting military museums is the highlight of a European trip.
For the past 30 years, whenever I've been asked to state my occupation at a border crossing, I've said, "Teacher." In order to be a good teacher, I need to be a good student.
In Ireland, you drive on the left. Dingle perches on the westernmost tip of Ireland -- and Europe, for that matter. Fishing once dominated Dingle, and the town's only visitors were students of old Irish ways.
I love Europe, but my responsibility as a travel writer is not to just rave about everything, but to also help overwhelmed travelers sort through the superlatives and smartly allocate their limited vacation time.