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.
Good travelers travel with all their senses, taking in a place's sights, sounds, and flavors to get the full experience. A key for really enjoying Amsterdam is to go local -- feeling the bricks and pavement beneath two wheels.
Once famous for its sprawl, noise, graffiti and pollution, Athens has been cleaning up its act. But the city's big draw remains its ancient sites. The Acropolis is lassoed by a delightful pedestrian boulevard.