The French Châteaux of the Loire Valley by Ray Raposo

After a few days in Paris, four of us, our friends Rick and Marilyn, my wife Peg and I rented a car and drove southwest to visit the historic Châteaux of the Loire Valley.  There are 42 Châteaux mostly located in the historic towns of Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Montsoreau, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours along the Loire River in France, just a couple hours southwest...

Andalusia: The Marvelous Southern Spain by Ray Raposo

Andalusia is an autonomous community that covers most of southern Spain. It has quite a diverse landscape, a long Mediterranean coastline and its own mountain chain, and possibly the hottest average temperatures in Europe. Andalusia is a rough translation of an Arabic word who’s meaning is up for discussion. The area has a series of cities and towns with...

My 51 Favorite Smaller Foreign Cities and Places by Ray Raposo

Needless to say, I love to travel both domestically and to foreign places. There is a world full of fascinating travel destinations, and choosing the perfect place to visit can be a challenge to any traveler. Hopefully you can use this list of My 51 Favorite Smaller Foreign Cities and Places that I've visited to help plan your travel...

My 36 Favorite Large Foreign Cities by Ray Raposo

There is a world full of fascinating travel destinations and choosing the perfect place to visit can be challenge to any traveler. Hopefully you can use this list of My 36 Favorite Large Foreign Cities to help plan your travel bucket list. If smaller cities and towns are more to your liking, check out my Favorite 51 Smaller Cities...

Visiting memorable Lisbon, Portugal by Ray Raposo

Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal, with about 3 million people living in the metropolitan area. Lisbon, or Lisboa as it’s known in Portugal, is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe and the world, predating such capitals as London, Paris and even Rome. Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula. It...