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Discovering the Old Italy: Puglia and Basilicata

Matera from above

It wasn’t long ago that travel guidebooks ignored Southern Italy, but the regions of Puglia and Basilicata have long been top travel destinations among Italy’s domestic travelers. Why let them have all the fun?

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February 3, 2014 by | Comments Off on Discovering the Old Italy: Puglia and Basilicata

Discovering Croatia, a Culinary Adventure

Croatia cheese

Sandwiched between some of Europe’s most seductive culinary cultures, Croatia has fascinated epicurean travelers with surprisingly great food and wine since gaining independence in 1996. Some areas of Croatia were part of Italy until the end of WWII, and you’ll find gnocchi, pastas, and olive oil-based dishes on one hand and, on the other, paprika, […]

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June 5, 2013 by | 1 Comment

20 Reasons to Fall in Love with Naples, Italy

Few Italian cities cause as many arguments as Naples. Travelers either see it as chaotic and unwelcoming or else passionately believe that the city is one of Italy’s most vibrant and unique. Almost no travelers stand in the middle. Is the dividing line drawn between those looking for a quintessentially romantic Italian experience versus those […]

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May 29, 2013 by | Comments Off on 20 Reasons to Fall in Love with Naples, Italy

Wine Tasting Near Cape Town, South Africa

Constantia Vineyards

Zipping between sandy bays and swank wine estates, our driver pointed out Kalk Bay—a popular site for seeing southern right whales—then drove us to the oldest winery in South Africa. We’d only left downtown Cape Town a mere 25 minutes prior, and my mind was trying to throw off preconceived notions as quickly as the […]

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November 19, 2012 by | Comments Off on Wine Tasting Near Cape Town, South Africa