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Hard Rock Cafe Florence, Italy – Satisfying A Craving for American Food

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After nearly three weeks in Italy and too many pastas, pizzas and bread sticks, when I arrived in Florence, I was on a mission to find The Hard Rock Café Florence.  I had left the U.S. a month before on a boat of mediocre food, practically overdosed on the fabulous Spanish foods and drinks and […]

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Vogalonga: Row, Row, Row your Boat in the Grand Canal of Venice

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I had to look twice as the train went over the Venice lagoon as we approached the city as I thought I saw a dragon boat and then a kayaker.  In a city long associated with the gondola I thought it odd but then I learned it was the weekend of the Vogalonga.  Vogalonga is […]

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I Didn’t Want To Leave this Airbnb Venice Flat with a Canal View

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From the AirBnB site, it looked amazing! This large Airbnb Venice flat along the canals with a view of the gondolas outside the window. It seemed too good to be true. I looked at the calendar of availability and was immediately crestfallen as it was rented out for the whole summer save two nights during […]

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The Adorable Vintage Fiat 500 Tour of the Tuscan Hills of Florence

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The roof was leaking on my pants as the rain intensified and I kept laughing.  We were waiting on the side of the road for the rest of the tour group to catch up.  I leaned over to manually roll the window down and yell at the girl on the Vespa to throw her handbag […]

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Flying through the Clouds on the Anacapri Chair Lift

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As a child, I would stay on the swings as long as I could.  While my sister and friends had moved onto the monkey bars and other playground equipment, I stayed on the swings enjoying each attempt to go higher and fly. As a teen, my swings were upgraded at the carnival, when I found […]

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Venice: Watching the World Float By Outside My Window

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I’ve escaped my life at home and here I sit watching the world float by – literally watching people from around the world on what is presumably their first gondola ride in Venice. Watching their faces as they point at the buildings, others taking photos and some playing with their phones bored by it all. I remember […]

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Florence: How Instagram Got Me a Table at Osteria dei Pazzi

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Every day I get to travel the world through Instagram.  For sport, I try to guess the destination before reading the hashtags and comments.  The quality of photos is just stunning and if you didn’t have wanderlust before opening Instagram you are sure to catch it quickly. On my travel sabbatical, Instagram would prove beneficial […]

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It’s So Blue at the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) in Capri

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Blue is a popular color.  With so many shades of blue, it might be maddening to decipher the many hues when trying to put an outfit together but on a tour of the Blue Grotto (aka Grotta Azzurra) in Capri, Italy, there is no confusion, it’s just a magic blue. A blue you’ve never seen […]

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Budget Venice: An Affordable B&B in Dorsoduro

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My first Airbnb stay would be a single room in the Dorsoduro section of Venice. I needed to find two nights in Venice to complete my lodging puzzle and the Santa Margherita Guesthouse, a private B&B, seemed a perfect base to explore the city.   Dorsoduro Dorsoduro is one of the five sections of Venice […]

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Capri: Hotel Weber Ambassador Review – It’s All About the Views

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The Hotel Weber Ambassador in Capri – it has a weird name, an amazing location, the décor is dated and the first impression not great but the views quickly put me in a trance and the service was good. Location The location is a quiet side of Capri, a few minutes from the town center, […]