Europe was slowly transitioning from the worst effects of COVID-19 in spring 2022. The Mediterranean region is stunning in spring, and author Steve Kaffen felt that by exercising reasonable precautions, he could create and execute a memorable trip.
“Courageous!” was the reaction of family and friends. The better word was probably “escape,” critical rejuvenation after spending much of the prior two years indoors and glued to the never-ending stream of COVID news. The travel and the timing turned out to be ideal, with uncrowded trains and buses, immediate seating in restaurants, hotel upgades upon request, and half-full cruise ships with unusually personalized service. Join the author on two unique cruises in “the Med,” visit its ports and islands, and engage with other “courageous” travelers. As with many of his books, the author uses a combination of extensive photos plus narrative and explanations, to present the story of grand travel in one of Europe’s most beautiful regions during an upbeat time of energy and optimism.
Steve Kaffen (Russia (1994-96) principal travels include a four-year, country-by-country journey across Asia, Africa, and the Americas; an overland adventure through the Middle East; excursions by bus and rail in Europe and Australia; ships across the Atlantic and Pacific; and Amtrak train travel in the United States.
Steve earned an MBA and CPA, and held management positions with Deloitte and Ernst & Young, Levi’s and Pathe Films, the Peace Corps, USAID, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Growing up New York City, and having lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, he lives now in Washington, D.C.