Dresden: Wagner’s Inspiration

Dresden is a captivating city that has inspired many musical geniuses - most notably Richard Wagner.  Wagner lived more years in Dresden than any … [Continue Reading]

Dresden, Germany

Girona’s Flower Festival

Every spring Girona, the beautiful city that is the capital of Catalonia’s Costa Brava region, gets decked out in flowers.  From May 11 – 19, 2013 … [Continue Reading]

Girona Flower Festival

Leipzig’s Richard Wagner Festival 2013

Leipzig, "the city of music," marks the bicenetnnial of the birth of its native son Richard Wagner with a year-long celebration.  Commemorating … [Continue Reading]

Wagner exhibit, Leipzig

Nice Carnival

Every winter Nice, capital of France's Côte d'Azur, throws a massive party: Carnival! For a few weeks in late February/early March the people of Nice … [Continue Reading]

Nice Carnival 2013

FestivalXplorer Featured in French Press

While covering the annual Carnival celebration in Nice, FestivalXplorer (aka Jeff Dobbins) was interviewed by two of the Cote d'Azur's leading … [Continue Reading]

Dobbins Direct Matin

Dresden: Wagner’s Inspiration

Dresden is a captivating city that has inspired many musical geniuses - most notably Richard Wagner.  Wagner lived more years in Dresden than any other city.  It is where he was educated, received his … [Read More...]

Girona’s Flower Festival

Every spring Girona, the beautiful city that is the capital of Catalonia’s Costa Brava region, gets decked out in flowers.  From May 11 – 19, 2013 Girona celebrates its annual Flower Festival (Temps … [Read More...]

Leipzig’s Richard Wagner Festival 2013

Leipzig, "the city of music," marks the bicenetnnial of the birth of its native son Richard Wagner with a year-long celebration.  Commemorating Wagner's 200th birthday, Leipzig will present its … [Read More...]

Nice Carnival

Every winter Nice, capital of France's Côte d'Azur, throws a massive party: Carnival! For a few weeks in late February/early March the people of Nice celebrate with gusto, staging lavish parades, … [Read More...]

FestivalXplorer Featured in French Press

While covering the annual Carnival celebration in Nice, FestivalXplorer (aka Jeff Dobbins) was interviewed by two of the Cote d'Azur's leading newspapers. During Carnival's Bataille des Fleurs … [Read More...]

Around the World in 80 Photos…Part 2

The further adventures of FestivalXplorer, as seen in photos. Click on an image to open the slideshow.     … [Read More...]

Around the World in 80 Photos

I'm an avid traveler, always searching for unique, authentic cultural experiences.  Here is a photo gallery from journeys over the last few years. (Gallery 2 to follow) Click on photo to open … [Read More...]