Posts Tagged with "Europe"

Learn the Art of Making French Macarons in Paris

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Learn the Art of Making French Macarons in Paris

It was embarrassingly recent that I learned the difference between macaroons and macarons. The first being the chewy, coconut mound of deliciousness and the latter being the colorful sandwich style cookie known predominantly as a French confection. I am a fan of both. I never discriminate when it comes to cookies. But, we were traveling through in Paris which […]

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Tour the Grand Canal of Venice. Snapshot.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Tour the Grand Canal of Venice. Snapshot.

Tour the Grand Canal of Venice. The Grand Canal is the main waterway in Venice and this is one of the stunning views you will see from the Valporetto #1 boat, which weaves its way from Piazzale Roma to Piazza San Marco. This waterbus is the perfect substitute for the significantly more expensive gondola ride through the Grand Canal. […]

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Drink the Carpe Diem Cava in the Penedes Region of Spain

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Drink the Carpe Diem Cava in the Penedes Region of Spain

Carpe Diem. Seize the day. This is a term that I try to live my life by and is one of the main reasons I was traveling all the way to the Penedes region of Spain to taste many of the 50 Great Cavas ranked by Wine Pleasures. So, it was beyond appropriate that when we arrived at MasTinell […]

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Drink From a Water Fountain in Zurich, Switzerland

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Drink From a Water Fountain in Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland is one of the cleanest cities I have ever been to, as well as one of the most expensive. So, on one hand it did not surprise me that you could drink the water straight from the hundreds of beautiful water fountains scattered throughout this enchanting town. Though on the flip side, it was completely shocking that the potable fountain […]

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Eat a Lampredotto Sandwich in Florence, Italy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

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Eat a Lampredotto Sandwich in Florence, Italy

In general, I wouldn’t go out of my way searching for a sandwich filled with the cooked stomach of a cow. Who am I kidding? I totally would. So, hunting for a Panino con Lampredotto in Florence was no different than any other weird food I had pursued in the past. A Lampredotto sandwich is a Florentine tradition, Tuscan street food at its […]

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Get Spooked at the Catacombs in Paris

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Get Spooked at the Catacombs in Paris

There aren’t many things I would stand in line almost three hours for. In fact, the last time was over fifteen years ago to get an autographed copy of Anne Rice’s newest novel for my husband. And at that time there was no option for cell phone entertainment. At least while waiting to get spooked at the Catacombs in Paris […]

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Make (& Eat) Pan Con Tomate in Spain

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Make (& Eat) Pan Con Tomate in Spain

I don’t like raw tomatoes. Really. I may be the only Italian restaurateur who will actually pick out every slice of raw tomato in my antipasto or caprese salad. How dare you put those in there letting them infect the rest of the edible goodies. But, Spanish Pan Con Tomate is the exception to the rule. There is always an exception, […]

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Put a Love Lock on Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Put a Love Lock on Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris

In the beautiful Italian region of Cinque Terre, Peter and I strolled the Via Dell’Amore, also know as Lover’s Walk. Along this romantic seaside path there were padlocks attached to the chain linked fences, a place where couples could bring their own locks to secure their love. I didn’t have a padlock at the time, so we did not lock our love in Italy. That wasn’t […]

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Work a Pottery Wheel With a Master in Tuscany

Sunday, December 15, 2013

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Work a Pottery Wheel With a Master in Tuscany

Down a narrow, cobbled street in Tuscany a longtime dream came true. Just like Demi Moore in the movie Ghost, I worked my magic on a pottery wheel. Okay, maybe it was nothing like her steamy iconic scene, there was not an imaginary spirit sitting behind me tenderly guiding my hands. But, there was Gulio, an Italian master […]

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Eat Traditional Fondue in Switzerland

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Eat Traditional Fondue in Switzerland

I’m going to be honest, the smell of fondue makes me nauseous. It has something to do with the pungent aroma of melted gruyere cheese. So, I passed by several fondue restaurants in Switzerland, deterred by the smell wafting from them. But, I couldn’t possibly leave Zurich without trying something so traditionally Swiss. So, I plugged my […]

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