Cannes, France

Several months ago I got to spend a few days in Cannes. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting… honestly, I think I was expecting something “newer”, something “flashier”, something “larger then life”.  I grew up associating Cannes with luxury hotels, opulent boutiques, impressive yachts and movie stars.  All these things exist in Cannes — but…

Ham and sex in Madrid

If I said to you, “What do you think of when you think of Madrid?”  Most people would probably list things like bull fights, flamenco dancing, paella, or soccer.  The correct answer is, “ham and sex”. Ham.  I love it — who doesn’t?  Even my Jewish friends admit to loving bacon (and eating it on…

Demons in the marble

Istanbul is an amazing city. I thoroughly loved it (you may have heard me say that before).  My favorite “site of interest” was the Hagia Sophia.  It was originally built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian and served as an Orthodox cathedral from  537-1453.  In 1453 it was converted into a mosque and served the Muslim…

Street pets of Istanbul

I love Istanbul!  Even though we were only there for a few days, it was long enough for me to become completely smitten with the city, it’s citizens and especially it’s countless “homeless” animals.  (Note: for those of you who don’t personally know me, I have a “thing” for animals.  I have the utmost respect…

An afternoon at Père Lachaise cemetery.

I have a “thing” for cemeteries… So, while in Paris I insisted that we take a trip to Père Lachaise.  I’ll have to admit, it wasn’t only interesting but beautiful as well.  If you’re in Paris I’d suggest grabbing a cab and spending an afternoon there.  It’s home to hundreds of “famous” dead people and walking its tree-lined…