Art deco overload in Arcachon, France

I’ve already written about our visit to the Dune du Pyla – at 105 meters high, officially Europe’s highest sand dune. Very close to this impressive natural wonder in France’s Gironde region is the pretty seaside town of Arcachon. This sleepy Atlantic coastal town became a destination of the international jet-set in the mid 19th…

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Alpine art-deco splendor in Ortisei, Italy

I’ve already written about my fantastic skiing holiday to the Dolomites, in northern Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige province, this past winter, and the town in the Val Gardena where we made our base, Selva di Val Gardena. But the ‘historic’ town – always feels funny to use that term in Italy unless a town spans back…

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Enjoy Riga, Latvia from a bird’s eye perspective

Riga is truly a beautiful Baltic capital city. It has impressive architecture, a charming old town, stunning examples of art deco, and can easily be visited in a  weekend or serve as a base for longer trips to explore the surrounding seacoast and the countryside. Riga’s old town is quite compact, with winding, medieval streets. There…

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