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Searching for the best hidden places to visit in Italy

Etruscan villas, Roman palazzi, Renaissance castles and even coastal campgrounds all prove one thing: those Italians sure love their vacations! We’ve been exploring the hidden corners of this [...]

Travel to Cuba facts for U.S. Citizens Visiting for the First Time

Cuba is a fascinating country – tantalizingly close, but out of reach for American vacationers for so long, its carried an air of mystery and adventure for decades. As trade and travel [...]

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24 Hours in Havana Cuba while on a Cruise in the Caribbean

Havana is a complex city that continues to reveal itself year after year. Founded in 1515, it’s replete with Renaissance, Baroque, Neo Classical and Art Deco architecture, reflecting its wealth [...]

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Watercolor Travel Journal – Keeping memories alive long after the trip

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” — Oscar Wilde I was 19 years old when I first read that line, already two years into my [...]

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Day Trips from Florence: Off the Beaten Path in Italy

Tuscany has been inhabited for millennia, farmed and occupied and traversed, it’s a well worn yet endlessly enchanting landscape. It is named for an ancient, mysterious civilization, traces of [...]

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How to survive traveling with friends and stay friends

We were two friends that had met well before children were an option – before marriage was even on the horizon, in fact. Over the years, our situations changed – Keryn now has a [...]

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Ephemeral Spring Whisper Lilac Cocktail Recipe

Ever since I was a child, the nighttime rains of May always meant one thing: dewy, luscious, lilac scented air come the dawn. I grew up in Lombard, Illinois: self-proclaimed Lilac Capitol of the [...]

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Rome Walking Tours Through the Eternal City with under 36 Hours in Rome

The turbulence strikes just a few minutes before landing -African winds off the Tyhrenean Sea challenge even the largest of planes making their morning landings. Some deft maneuvering by the [...]

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Italy Day Trips to Bagno Vignoni in Tuscany

A tiny hamlet in the center of the incomparably beautiful UNESCO heritage Orcia Valley, Bagno Vignoni is accessed  from Montepulciano by a small road that offers ridiculously gorgeous views of [...]

History, Wine and Adventure for all ages in Sonoma California

Sonoma, California is a historically significant town at the southern edge of the Sonoma Valley, a short drive north of San Francisco yet seemingly worlds away. It is the social and political [...]