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Staying in an Italian Wash House in Castel di Sangro

July 3, 2014
Il Lavatoio offers charming lodging in Castel di Sangro.

“You’ll be staying in a converted wash house, but it’s quite charming,” Claudio Fontana of A La Carte Italy Tours told us in an email discussion about Il Lavatoio, our lodging choice at Castel di Sangro in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. It would be the first night of a ten-day Southern Italy road […]

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Road Trip Guide Through Spain’s Lower Rias

March 25, 2014
Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela

Updated 05.01.2014 Although some people may claim that Spain’s ongoing crisis has dramatically affected the country’s reputation as a travel destination, there was actually a record number of tourists in 2013. In fact, approximately 60.4 million tourists visited the Iberian Peninsula last year, making it the world’s third top tourist destination, right behind France and […]

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Top Four Madrid Parks Guaranteed to Ease Your Spring Fever

March 20, 2014
Blooming Almond Trees in Madrid

Although some may have you believe that Paris in springtime is the only place to be, this adopted Madrileño will always opt for a Spanish springtime. Of course, it’s undeniable that the French capital comes alive during the spring, but there’s just something about a blooming Madrid this time of year that warms the heart. […]

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Stopping in Subiaco

February 25, 2014
The Basilica of Sant'Andrea in Subiaco, Italy

Walking along cobblestone alleys that twist and turn down the hillside from Subiaco’s old town to the commercial center, Alan looks at me and says, “This is the real Italy.” Ochre-colored buildings with stone accents line the narrow streets. The delicious smells of lunch preparations waft through an open window. Is this how you picture […]

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Exploring Ephesus on a Royal Princess Cruise Excursion

January 30, 2014
Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus, Turkey

Standing at the top of the hill in Ephesus, near the Magnesia Gate (south entrance), I look around to see artifacts scattered on the ground as if someone forgot to put the giant pieces of a puzzle together. And considering the numerous earthquakes that have occurred in the area through the centuries, there’s a strong […]

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And the Angels Sang on Montserrat

December 21, 2013
Tips for a visit to Montserrat, Spain.

This article is part of a paid series that I’m writing as a brand ambassador for Michelin Guides. Serrated stones dominate the arid mountainside reminding me of the rock formations in the Chirichaua mountains of Arizona. The peal of church bells echo against steep mountain walls, as Alan and I wait to hear the angelic […]

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Walking With History in Matera, Italy

December 2, 2013
Sassi settlement in Matera

Updated 05.01.2014 This article is part of a paid series that I’m writing as a brand ambassador for Michelin Guides. On a visit to Matera, Italy, history grabs us by the hand and says, “come walk with me.” And it’s not hard to do. Peering from the edge of the historic center in modern-day Matera, […]

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Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 2

November 23, 2013
Walking in Cartagena, Spain

The second week of cruising from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale has been mostly about Spain as we cruise from Barcelona to Funchal, Maderia, and beyond. Ports (several of them are repeats for us) have included Valencia, Cartagena, Malaga, Gibraltar and Funchal. Sail along with us in this photo essay of highlights from crossing the Atlantic […]

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Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1

November 15, 2013
Breakfast view of Livorno, Italy

After 12 days touring Southern Italy, Alan and I have boarded the Silversea ship, Silver Spirit, for our ride back to the U.S. On this first week’s segment, we’re exploring Mediterranean ports from Rome to Barcelona. We hope you’ll enjoy our photo essay of Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1. And stay […]

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Scenes From the Road: Southern Italy Week 2

November 8, 2013
Alan and Donna Hull in Trani, Italy

Authentic food, small town ambiance and off-the-beaten-path discoveries best describe this week’s photo essay from our visit to Italy’s heel. During southern Italy Week 2, Alan and I experienced slow travel at its best. Enjoy our photos as a teaser for articles to come: We couldn’t stop smiling in Trani. Beautiful weather added to a […]

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