Hi from Rick: Fall — In Love with Europe
In an Edinburgh pub — steamy with conviviality — the locals, like mad chemists, dribble a little water on their Scotch. One of them tells me, "It opens the flavor, like a garden after a light rain."
Europe feels that way to me in the fall — freshly opened up, from Edinburgh to Athens. By October the tide of tourism has pulled out, letting the more subtle bits of local cultures — designed for the enjoyment of people who actually live there — return to the center of everyday life. Sweaters and jackets add a layer of style as Europe kicks back into its rhythm of good living.
For the traveler, Europe's quieter pleasures come into sharper focus. Climbing a bell tower above Venetian gondolas, the air is crisp enough to actually see the Alps... Read more