Young happy woman in yellow coat walking in Red Square in Moscow, Russia

Moscow and St. Petersburg: Two Splendid Cities to Explore on a Russia Vacation

Moscow and St. Petersburg have survived revolutions, world wars, and economic changes, but their appeal is enduring. On a Russia vacation, both cities are outstanding treasure troves to be opened and enjoyed. I first visited what was then the Soviet Union in the 1970s, and although many aspects of both cities were drab and colourless, […]

Vltava River and old city centre, Prague, Czech Republic

Four Perfect Days in Prague on a Czech Republic Vacation

Few cities in Europe can touch Prague for architectural beauty, artistic originality, moving history, and of course, delicious beer! The fact that the city remains arguably Europe’s best urban bargain sweetens things of course, even if a visit here means contending with year-round crowds, particularly in the beautiful old town. But even weaving your way […]

Woman eats trdelnik at a street market in Prague, Czech Republic

An Ideal Central European Vacation: Prague and Bratislava

It’s common to think of Europe being cleanly divided between Eastern Europe and Western Europe, but such a simple breakdown doesn’t get at the heart of the complexities this continent has to offer. Furthermore, it glosses over the region of Central Europe, where tensions between East and West and geographic differences express themselves in fascinating […]