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Travel stories + tips from seasoned explorers

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Mantova: Italy’s Sleeping Beauty City

August 7, 2015

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been; travelers don’t know where they’re going.” Paul Theroux I’m fascinated by Italian towns that are under the radar of most tourists. Mantova (English: Mantua) is one such place. This is “Italy’s Sleeping Beauty City” – in Italian, “la bella addormentata”. Mantova is a city…

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Packing Tips for International Travel

July 23, 2015

Why not grab the fridge, too? After years and years, the last-minute struggle of sitting on my suitcase and jamming that extra toothbrush in has become second nature to me. We all strive to pack “light and right”, but in the end very few have the ability to do it….

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Slovenia’s Laid Back Capital: Ljubljana

July 10, 2015

For six years my husband and I made our home only an hour from the border, and two hours from the capital, of Slovenia. This tiny country offers gently rolling hills and lush valleys, tucked between Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and Italy to the west. Barely…

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An Italian Wine Blog That’s Worth the Time

July 1, 2015

Continuing on the theme of Italian wine from two weeks ago, I’ve been reminiscing about a brief stay on Lake Maggiore a few years back when I discovered some interesting wines. Gattinara and to a lesser extent Ghemme, products of the fickle Nebbiolo grape grown in the relatively chilly environment…

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The Three V’s: Vermentino, Vernaccia and Verdicchio

June 15, 2015

Just back from western Tuscany, where I had the chance once again to taste some delicious, if lesser known, Italian white wines. The hardest to find here in the US is Vermentino, known in France as “rolle”. The grape is widely planted in Italy’s Piedmont region, where it’s known as…

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June 8, 2015

I’ve just completed the 2015 Amazing Amalfi trips. While these weeks are always a series of highlights, this year for me the hike on the Sentieri dei Fortini (“Path of Forts”) on the Isle of Capri was without equal. You can begin the walk, which extends 4-5 km depending where…

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