The mountains are steep, and so are the prices.
We're fortified by a visit to Lisbon and its surrounds
We followed a Jewish heritage trail that led to an unlikely vision
We tour Munich and find a city struggling to address its Nazi past
The weather has taken a turn for the worse, so now may be a good time to plot your escape
Few of us need a particular reason to visit Tuscany but, if you do, the Puccini Opera Festival, commemorating the 90th year since the Italian maestro died, should do the trick.