Carcassonne, France: Europe’s Ultimate Fortress City

The fortress city of Carcassonne is a 13th-century world of towers, turrets, and cobblestone alleys. This is Europe’s ultimate walled fortress city. While it’s packed with tourists midday, it’s all yours and evocative as can be early and late. The city’s stern ramparts evoke a time when defenses were stronger Continue Reading

Madrid, Spain: Plaza Mayor and Bullfighting Culture

Plaza Mayor is a stately, traffic-free chunk of 17th-century Spain. Whether hanging out with old friends, enjoying a cup of coffee, or finding a treasure at the Sunday coin market, it’s an inviting place for people to gather. The square is filled with emblems of Spain’s powerful past. Bronze reliefs Continue Reading

Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls

We’re here in early July for the Festival of San Fermín and that means the Running of the Bulls one of Europe’s most exuberant festivals. For nine days each July, throngs of visitors most dressed in the traditional white with red sashes and kerchiefs come to run with the bulls Continue Reading

Pamplona, Spain: Running of the Bulls

We’re here in early July for the Festival of San Fermín — and that means the Running of the Bulls — one of Europe’s most exuberant festivals. For nine days each July, throngs of visitors — most dressed in the traditional white with red sashes and kerchiefs — come to Continue Reading