Wandering Prehistoric Worlds in the Azores

Wandering the peaceful trails of Terra Nostra Park

I circumnavigated the eastern end of the island on minor roads that hugged the rugged north coast, stopping in rural villages that felt a world away from the tourist centres and busy bypass road above. I saw tractors working the fields, and in one village, a cheerful road crew laying down fresh tarmac. But otherwise it was just me and the cows.

Adrift in the Mid-Atlantic

Fields fill the flat land on Sao Miguel’s north shore.

It’s a group of nine islands straddling the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a third of the way across the ocean from continental Europe. The people speak Portuguese, but the islands were undiscovered and uninhabited until 1432. They’ve suffered pirates, invaders, religious persecution and serious crop failures. Today they’re an isolated paradise for hikers and nature lovers.

Will Europe End With Marching Boots — or Malaise?

Where were you when the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989?

I was sitting in the back room of our old house watching music videos on TV.

We didn’t have the specialty channels back then, but the cable company was running a free promo all week, and we could watch the movie channel and the music channel for free.

Wandering Through the Crucible of Western Civilization

Views of the Acropolis from the Agora

To journey back to Athens was to exit mythological time and step into the historical.

We walked the winding streets of the Plaka in silence, as though on pilgrimage to a sacred place. As narrow-alley Antifioki wound ever upward, I reflected on my first visit to the Acropolis: eagerly awaited and long overdue.

On the road to Epidaurus

On the road in the Peloponnese

Drifting Through Heroic Time

Mycenae commanded the Argive plain

Standing atop the citadel, it was easy to see how the rulers of Mycenae could command the surrounding Argive plain, a self-contained world of rich agriculture and high pasturelands, walled off by mountains and easily defended passes.

Nighttime in the Vatican Museum

The River Nile personified in stone.

I was in Rome a few weeks ago playing tour guide.

Now, I won’t play tour guide for very many people, but one of my oldest friends was visiting. It was her first trip to Europe, and Rome was the city at the top of her list.

Adrift in Europe’s Capital of Cool

Is this what it’s like to live in Berlin…?

A group of four shirtless guys sat on the grass, smoking pot and rolling a soccer ball in slow listless circles. Across the clearing, a man in a leather costume, with a mask and a long graceful tail, was pulling a two-wheeled cart. The lingerie-clad driver smacked him with the reigns and urged him to trot faster.

Getting the Drift in London

The Great Court of London’s British Museum…

I’d only been in London for a few hours, and I was already thinking I’d have to scrap a year’s work.

Adrift in Berlin

Outpost Winter 2019… Berlin, baybee!

The latest issue of Outpost hit newsstands across Canada a few weeks ago.

This time in my Adrift on the Continent column, I’m taking you to Berlin. Well, I suppose I should say “bringing you to Berlin”, since I live here.