CHRISTMAS IN BRUGES

Find me a better place in Europe to spend Christmas and I’ll give you a prize; I can confidently say that because I know it doesn’t exist. Bruges (or Brugge as the Dutch spell it), dominates the charts when ranking the most charming cities in Europe. As a prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bruges is a thousand-year-old economic hub that was once—and to a certain extent still is—the wonder of merchants and people from all over … READ MORE →

SAN MARINO – THE NATION WITHIN A NATION

I’d hazard a pretty good guess that you—like most people and especially like me—have never heard of San Marino, the nearly 1,800-year-old micronation in the heart of Italy. The country within a country is located roughly 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of the coastal town, Rimini. According to most historians, around 300 AD the stonemason, Marinus, who was working in Rimini, established a monastic community on Monte Titano … READ MORE →