Sakura! Experience Japan’s Cherry Blossom Season

No spring visit to Japan is complete without the wonder of sakura or cherry blossoms. At the end of each winter forecasts are published about peak blooms throughout Japan for the upcoming sakura season. The forecast for 2017 is here. The blossoms mark the beginning of spring and also symbolize renewal. The blooms are short… Continue reading Sakura! Experience Japan’s Cherry Blossom Season

Portugal’s Amazing Tile Work

On a visit to Lisbon, Portugal several years ago I was blown away by the buildings covered in tiles. I even bought a few antique tiles at Feira da Ladra, Lisbon’s large flea market. During our recent trip to Faro on Portugal’s southern coast we again saw beautiful tile work on the buildings which I… Continue reading Portugal’s Amazing Tile Work