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Island-Hopping in Dubrovnik

Island of Sipan

“I am your captain and this is my espresso,” said the captain as he passed out traditional Croatian rakija, the most common form of domestic alcohol served throughout Croatia, to the passengers on board his ship. “Cheers, salud, Živeli!” And with that we set sail across the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea on the […]

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January 19, 2017 by | 0 Comments

A Taste of Trastevere in a Hidden Roman Villa

Trastevere

Ah, Italy. Red-checked tablecloths, fat candles dripping wax into empty tomato sauce cans. Carafes of red wine. It’s already an obvious fact that dining out in Italy is a memorable event. And if you’re looking for another authentic Roman dining experience, cross the River Tiber to Trastevere, into a historic working class neighborhood that boasts […]

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January 12, 2017 by | 0 Comments

Scratch the Surface: 11 of the World’s Coolest Underground Attractions

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Though churches, theaters, mountains, and museums are staple attractions when getting to know a new location, a look below the surface can reveal spectacular and little-known sights you probably wouldn’t find on a postcard. From underground churches, gardens, wineries, and music festivals, these top attractions from around the world are definitely worth a trip below […]

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November 4, 2016 by | Comments Off on Scratch the Surface: 11 of the World’s Coolest Underground Attractions

Inside Look: Lido de Paris “Paris Merveilles” Dinner and Show

Paris Lido

My husband and I didn’t know what to expect from our evening out in one of the most famous nightclubs in Paris. Arriving at the Lido de Paris on the glamorous Champs-Elysées, it was obvious it would be a memorable experience. From dressing nicely to seeing the famous Bluebell Girls and an impressive cabaret show, […]

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September 9, 2016 by | Comments Off on Inside Look: Lido de Paris “Paris Merveilles” Dinner and Show

The World’s Top 10 Classical Music Cities

tokyo concert hall

What makes a great concert hall? The conductor? Acoustics? Its design? All these elements come together in the concert halls of the world’s top 10 classical music cities.

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September 6, 2016 by | Comments Off on The World’s Top 10 Classical Music Cities

An Insider’s Guide to London’s Greenwich Neighborhood

Greenwich, London

A buzzing neighborhood known for its artisanal market, Greenwich is home to one of London’s best royal parks and boasts a rich maritime heritage. Visiting Greenwich is an excellent reason to explore south of the River Thames. Linked to central London by overground train and ferry — and a popular stop on Thames River sightseeing […]

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August 26, 2016 by | Comments Off on An Insider’s Guide to London’s Greenwich Neighborhood

An Insider’s Guide to Paris’ Passages Couverts

Les Grands Boulevards in Paris

The glittering shop-fronts and designer emporiums of the Champs-Elysées and the world-renowned Galeries Lafayette department store might be top of the itinerary for shoppers in Paris, but some of the city’s most atmospheric shopping arcades are hidden from view down the side streets. Paris’ Passages Couverts (“Covered Passageways” or “Les Arcades”) date back to the […]

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August 22, 2016 by | Comments Off on An Insider’s Guide to Paris’ Passages Couverts

The Top 10 Family Beaches in Europe

The waterfront in Cannes

Europe’s beaches are legendary, from the celeb-studded French Riviera to the wilds of the Baltic coastline. There are hundreds of family-oriented choices, from shingle coves to vast sandy strips, but each family comes with its own rulebook and own set of demands. Different age groups have different criteria and so what suits one family won’t […]

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August 19, 2016 by | Comments Off on The Top 10 Family Beaches in Europe

17 of the World’s Most Extraordinary National Parks

Hakone National Park

Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. As the US National Park Service turns 100 years old this year, people from around the country (and globe) are flocking to these iconic reserves. US National Parks now number more than 400 and welcomed more than 305 million visitors in 2015. The idea of creating protected wilderness […]

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May 25, 2016 by | Comments Off on 17 of the World’s Most Extraordinary National Parks

10 European Road Trips to Take This Summer

Furka Pass, Switzerland

From America’s Route 66 to Australia’s Great Ocean Road to South Africa’s Garden Route, the world is full of unforgettable road trips, but don’t write off Europe for your next adventure. Whether you want to hire a campervan and get off the beaten track, cruise along the coast in a convertible or tackle one of […]

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May 23, 2016 by | Comments Off on 10 European Road Trips to Take This Summer

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