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My Very Russian River Cruise: St. Petersburg Russia (Part II):

February 22nd, 2018

Russian River Cruise: Arriving in St Petersburg Read Part I of My Very Russian River Cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg here. The Zosima Shashkov slipped into her berth at St. Petersburg, the northern Russian capital, during the night. The St Petersburg cruise port lies a few miles outside the city center but on the […]

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Slovenia Hiking – Slovenia for Nature Lovers:

February 17th, 2018

  Slovenia Hiking Slovenia is a hiker’s paradise. In this small country, you will find over 10,000 km (6,200 miles) of hiking trails.  From short strolls in the countryside to multi-day backpacking outings through alpine mountains, hiking in Slovenia is fun for hikers of every skill level. On my recent trip to Slovenia, I went […]

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Villefranche-sur-Mer: Combat Naval Fleuri:

February 15th, 2018

Villefranche-sur-Mer and its famous Combat Naval Fleuri (Naval Battle of the Flowers) “Bad start, good finish.” This little piece of wisdom eluded me when my husband and I arrived in Nice on March 3, 2014. All I could think of was that we’d just spent the better part of a day flying from wintry, rainy Portland, […]

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Tuscan Food – Savoring Livorno’s Seaside Specialties:

February 8th, 2018

Tuscan Food – Livorno Part III The Best Dishes and Restaurants in Livorno As a port city, Livorno’s dishes are heavily influenced by the sea, with techniques that are working class rather than refined.   They reflect the city’s cosmopolitan yet populist history — a mélange of Tuscan food as well as Italian and international […]

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Port Livorno – A Charming Seaside City:

February 5th, 2018

Port Livorno – Part II Unexpected treasures in an undervalued port Ask an Italian about Livorno and the reply may include the words “port city” or “industrial area” – evoking dirty streets, smoke-billowing factories, ugly grey buildings. Read part I of our Livorno mini-series here, and part II here.  Go to Port Livorno and you will […]

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10 Helpful Tips for Driving in Ireland:

February 1st, 2018

10 Tips for Driving in Ireland Renting a car and driving in Ireland is one of the best ways to explore the country, especially if you want to discover a few off the beaten path gems. But it also takes some getting used to, especially if you are not used to driving on the left. […]

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Buddha Bar Hotel Prague Review:

January 29th, 2018

Buddha Bar Hotel Prague Review Welcome to Buddha Bar Hotel Prague On my recent trip to Prague, I was invited by Amazing Places to stay at a really nice hotel and if you are looking for something luxurious and out of the ordinary, this place might be just right for you. Buddha Bar Hotels are a […]

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Livorno – A Classy Italian City with a Clumsy English Name:

January 20th, 2018

Livorno Italy, Part I: Classy Italian city with a clumsy English name Livorno is a lovely Italian city with an ugly English name – Leghorn (an English-language garbling of the city’s Italian moniker). Who wants to stop and see “Leghorn”?  Almost none of the 3.5 million tourists who pass through Livorno every year while boarding […]

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Kočevje – Slovenia’s Bear Forest:

January 16th, 2018

Kočevje – Slovenia’s Bear Forest It almost felt like walking through snow. With each step, my feet sank into a thick layer of fallen leaves, way past my ankles. Just the sound was different. Instead of the distinct scrunchy sound that snow makes under winter boots, it sounded more like walking on crumbled up newspaper. Aside from […]

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Things to Do in Algarve: 3 Day Itinerary from Faro to Lagos:

January 11th, 2018

Things to Do in Algarve, Portugal: 3 Day Itinerary from Faro to Lagos If you are heading for Portugal’s Algarve, you are in for a treat. From the westernmost point of  Cabo de Sao Vicente to Cacela Velha in the east at the border with Spain, you find a cornucopia of sites. Beaches, mountains, thermal […]

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