Posts Tagged with "Europe"

Spend the Night in a Hostel. Florence, Italy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Spend the Night in a Hostel. Florence, Italy.

In my many years of traveling around the world, it was not until embarrassingly recently that I had ever spent the night in a hostel. This popular and economical lodging option was never on my agenda mostly because I don’t feel comfortable sleeping in the same room or sharing a restroom with strangers. When needing to pee […]

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Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Call me crazy, but seeing Notre Dame Cathedral was not on my Paris bucket list prior to arriving in France. What was I thinking? Peter and I actually passed by it the first time without even stopping and accidentally stumbled upon it the second time, only drawn in by the crowds and bleachers out front. Though many times while traveling, large crowds […]

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See the Mount Athos Byzantine Monasteries in Greece

Friday, July 11, 2014

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See the Mount Athos Byzantine Monasteries in Greece

99.8% of the time I am overly content with being a woman. But, while traveling through Halkidiki, Greece I encountered that .2%. Due to my genetic femininity I would only be able to witness the breathtaking Mount Athos Byzantine monasteries from a minimum of 500 meters away. That’s a whopping 1640 feet to us Americans, 140 meters longer […]

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Stay in a Tuscan Villa in Italy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Stay in a Tuscan Villa in Italy

There has been a not so secret fantasy that has occupied my mind over the last few years. It is the one where I leave all the stresses of life behind to escape to the hills of Northern Italy and live in a charming, old Tuscan Villa. A classic dream that blends a little Eat, Pray, Love with […]

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See the World’s Smallest Window in Siena, Italy. Snapshot.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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See the World’s Smallest Window in Siena, Italy. Snapshot.

See the Smallest Window in the World There will be no sign, arrows or flashing lights to tell you that this is titled the smallest window in the world, but it exists in Siena’s quaint Piazza di Postierla. Situated on the building to the right of the square there will be a teeny, tiny shingled window right next to it’s duplicate […]

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Eat Wiener Schnitzel in Vienna, Austria

Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Eat Wiener Schnitzel in Vienna, Austria

I only had five waking hours to spend in Vienna, that is not a lot of time to explore Austria’s capital and largest city. No worries. I didn’t need a lot of time to do one thing on my Vienna bucket list: Eat Wiener Schnitzel. Wiener schnitzel is the breaded, deep-fried boneless veal dish that is a Viennese specialty. Did I mention deep-fried? After much research, […]

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Learn to Cook Turkish Food in Istanbul

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Learn to Cook Turkish Food in Istanbul

I have been fortunate enough to have learned how to cook Spanish paella in Barcelona, French macarons in Paris and pad thai in Chiang Mai. So, it is not much of a surprise that this cultural foodie lesson trend would be expanding. Today, I would be learning to cook Turkish food in Istanbul.  This savory schooling would […]

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Do a Blind Olive Oil Tasting in Tuscany

Sunday, May 4, 2014

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Do a Blind Olive Oil Tasting in Tuscany

Waking up after my first night sleep at the luxurious Villa Pipistrelli in Tuscany was surreal. I stepped outside of the front door with my cup of freshly brewed Italian coffee and watched the fog burn off over the rolling hills hardly comprehending where I was. Is this a dream? No. This fantasy was actually […]

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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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