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Back from Scotland

Another best-buddies whisky discovery trip is in the annals of history. When we did our first one, we came back with a clear feeling that we wanted to reprise the experience. It took us 3 years to align our schedules for the second time, but we did it. This time…

Cranbury, New Jersey

This past Sunday was a brilliant after-snow day begging for an outdoor activity. In my case, it meant finding a picturesque locale to test out a new camera that I had recently acquired. The historic town of Cranbury – which I inexplicably have never visited before even though my house…

A combine harvester from UGears

A combine harvester from UGears

I do not recall ever being too invested in model assembly kits. Surely in my childhood I received a fair share of constructor set gifts, and seem to vaguely remember assembling a model navy cruiser when I was in elementary school. But nothing that I can point to in the…

State of travel 2017

Year 2017 continued the slowing trajectory established by the preceding year in terms of my travels. I again visited only 4 foreign countries (Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, France), two of those on intraday trips. Going by the methodology of the Travelers’ Century Club, which counts geographically segregated parts of a…

Red Bank, New Jersey

The fall of 2017 has been generous on gorgeous weekends and a few weeks ago we spent one such afternoon in the pretty town of Red Bank, less than half an hour away from our home. This was not our first visit to town but it was the first where…

L’Escala

The resort town of L’Escala has never featured on our Costa Brava itineraries despite being among the closest towns to our customary base in L’Estartit. Its main claim to sightseeing relevance is in nearby Greco-Roman ruins, which is the type of attraction that rarely receives priority when I travel with…

Cadaqués

I should be running out of superlatives after describing places like Rupit, Camprodon, or Beget. However, if I were to identify my most favorite village among the ones that I saw for the very first time on the recent Costa Brava trip, it would be Cadaqués. Located on Cap de…

Gaudí, again

We lately allow only a single day in Barcelona for our stays at Costa Brava – the distance between our base and the city makes more frequent visits a bit impractical. Last year, if you recall, we specifically targeted touring Palau de la Musica Catalana, and I also managed to…

Girona, again

I did not keep the promise I had made at the end of my last Girona photo-essay. A full-day exploration of the city’s various points of interest did not make the cut in the final plans of our recent Costa Brava stay. A dinner and a late afternoon stroll was…

Empuriabrava

With the largest residential marina in Europe, Empuriabrava is a magnet for people who love amphibious living. The lion’s share of houses back out on one of dozens of canals, and every household here owns at least one boat. The canal network was planned and built in 1960’s-70’s. Its main…

Beget

I used the word tiny to describe both Villefranche-de-Conflent and Rupit recently, but compared to Beget either of those can be called a metropolis. Beget is the tiniest of tiny. The postal stop at the edge of the village has 27 mailboxes, which may or may not be the basis…

Camprodon

There are places in the world that are effortlessly picture-perfect. Camprodon, in the Pyrenees an hour and a half away from Costa Brava, is one of those places. The view of its iconic bridge and the houses flanking river Ter is a ready-made postcard. The settlement of this site dates…

Rupit

Tiny Rupit regularly features on selections of the most beautiful villages in Catalonia. The mountain village straddles a small gorge, with a hanging bridge connecting its two banks. The old part of Rupit is built on the ridge over the river and looks as if floating in the air from…