Posts Tagged with "Europe"

Learn to Make Pasta From a Nonna in Italy

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Learn to Make Pasta From a Nonna in Italy

I had many regrets when my adorable Italian Nonna passed away several years ago. But, the one that still haunts me today is that I didn’t give her my undivided attention while she was making all of her traditional recipes that she brought to America from her tiny village in Northern Italy. I vividly remember her sweet, […]

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Have a Romantic Sunset Dinner Overlooking the Santorini Caldera

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Have a Romantic Sunset Dinner Overlooking the Santorini Caldera

Peter and I are not romantic. Cute, yes. Romantic? Not so much. In our 20 years together there has never been rose petals sprinkled on the bed, feeding each other caviar by candlelight or long bubble baths with champagne. Though, while traveling through Santorini, Greece there was an opportunity to get a little romance on and […]

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Experience Istanbul’s Call to Prayer at the Blue Mosque

Sunday, August 3, 2014

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Experience Istanbul’s Call to Prayer at the Blue Mosque

Five times a day throughout the streets of Istanbul you can hear the trilling call to prayer, also known as ezan. During this time the voice of the bellowing muezzin, the man who calls the Muslims to prayer from a minaret, can be heard over the loudspeakers at different mosques in the city. The first time I heard the […]

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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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