A Tale of Two City-States

“Does this bus go to Hadrian’s Arch?” The question came from a casually clad, middle-aged fellow traveler as he squeezed aboard the full shuttle from the Athens Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel, where he and I both happened to be staying.  Inside the van was a microcosm of what it’s like to travel through Mediterranean Europe:  a… Read More A Tale of Two City-States


Smithsonian Museums

Last week I enjoyed a kind of homecoming as I played tourist in my adopted home city of Washington, D.C. I started off at the National Gallery of Art, where one of my favorite pieces is Vincent Van Gogh’s Vase with Roses: Standing inches from the painting is a brush with greatness. Since it is… Read More Smithsonian Museums