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Snapshots of Ivrea: What to See, Do and Drink During Carnevale

Snapshots of Ivrea, Italy: Everyday moments during a not-so-everyday celebration. Ivrea, in Piedmont, was essentially founded after a canal was built to supply water to the surrounding rice fields. It was the home of the first Olivetti headquarters, one of the first tech companies in Italy, which supplied jobs for most of the town. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage… Read more »

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Snapshots of Mantova: What to See, Do and Eat

Snapshots of Mantova, Italy: A look into one of Lombardia’s most livable cities: Equidistant from Milan and Venice and just next door to Verona, Mantova is an easy-to-reach city chock full of history, culture and absolutely mouth-watering food. Declared the Italian Capital of Culture in 2016 as well as the European Capital of Gastronomy for 2017, it’s time… Read more »

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Photo Essay: Slow Travel in Spain

I’m all for slow travel. I am. But the truth is, I’m not sorry for my weekend trips. I’ve already written my strong defense for weekend trips – I love ’em! – and my summer weekend trip to Spain was no less amazing. I admit, I usually jam-pack my short trips in an attempt to… Read more »

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Photo Essay: London

What can you get out of just two days in one of the most famous cities in the world? A lot, actually.   

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Snapshots of London

Snapshots of London, England: Just a tiny bit of time for a whole-lot-of-city.   Highlights include:  1. Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery Trafalgar Square is an enormous public square at the intersection of three streets. With the Nelson column rising up from the middle, guarded by four massive lion statues, a fountain and numerous commemorative statues, it’s an… Read more »

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Photo Essay: The Balconies of Spello

Like I mentioned before, I spent all of my time in Spello (which, unfortunately, wasn’t much) simply walking around, taking in the gray and pink brick, the beautiful staircases and, to my surprise, the even more beautiful balconies. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of balconies and deck. In the midwest it’s about grilling on the… Read more »

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Pilgrimage to San Pietro al Monte Pedale

Wherever you live or where ever you are there are, around you, dozens of little things to see, to experience. By “little,” I mean insignificant, something here or there that doesn’t seem much yet shouldn’t be overlooked. Driving along the highway from Brianza to Lecco and the Lake District, Marco has always pointed out each… Read more »

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Travel Déjà vu – Sometimes Travel Repeats Itself

Sometimes it’s like the place you’ve never been to before actually isn’t so unfamiliar after all. A sort of comfort covers you, even while traveling you know what to do, you’ve seen this before. Sometimes that feeling manifests itself into a more jaded attitude. Each street, building, bar and taxi driver run together until the names… Read more »

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Photo Essay: How to be a Tourist in New York City

Start the day off right with one of the many Saturday morning farmers markets. Though you won’t buy anything, it will seem delightfully “Manhattanite” of you: Leave to catch some sights. Be sure to look up so you can adequately gape: There’s a lot to see in NYC, and often far too little time. I’m… Read more »