Europe

The Shortest Hour of My Life: Positano, Italy

May 8, 2013
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It was May of last year that I visited Positano, Italy for the first time and experienced the second major travel regret of my life. (My first, if you’ll recall, is that I didn’t visit Egypt before the political situation there became unstable.) My second travel regret isn’t that I visited Positano, of course. Far [...]

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Rick Steves Talks Europe…in Vermont

March 27, 2013
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If you have ever traveled to Europe and gone searching for a good guidebook, chances are, you know who Rick Steves is. The author of Europe Through the Back Door, Best of Europe and individual country guides, Rick also hosts a travel show on PBS and offers tours, audio guides, apps, you name it. The [...]

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Carousels Around the World

March 20, 2013
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No, I’m not talking about baggage carousels. Heh. I’m talking about the beautiful, painted carousels with ponies that go up and down. I adored carousels when I was a child. I didn’t often see them outside the county fair. But I was lucky enough to travel a bit as a child, and when I saw [...]

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5 Favorite River Walks in 5 Fabulous Cities

February 6, 2013
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Humankind has been drawn to rivers for as long as we’ve drawn breath. Songs and poems have been written about rivers, and many world mythologies have at least one important story about a river. In mythology, crossing a river marks an important part of a journey. The River Styx in Greek mythology was the border [...]

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Marseilles: Europe’s Capital of Culture 2013

January 9, 2013
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Those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile know that I visited several cities in the Mediterranean last year. If you were to ask me which one was the biggest surprise to me, I would say Marseilles, France. It was the sleeper hit of the trip for me. Why? Because I had [...]

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Five Things That Surprised Me About Pompeii

November 14, 2012
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Because of its tragic history, I have had a lifelong fascination with Pompeii, the ancient Roman city that was buried by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which is about five miles away from Pompeii, buried the entire city under 13 to 20 feet of ash. Everyone who was still [...]

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Five and a Half Hours in Florence, Italy

October 24, 2012
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This is not one of those articles where I claim that you can “see Florence in five and a half hours!” Because we all know that’s impossible, don’t we? But if Florence is one of your stops on your Mediterranean cruise, then that’s about all the time you’re going to have there. Let’s assume you’ll [...]

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Slowing Down on the Spanish Steps

September 26, 2012
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I have two opposing desires in me when I travel that are constantly at war with one another: I hate crowds, but I love people-watching. Crowds mean personal space violations, which leave me feeling very claustrophobic. I need elbow room. Find me a place off to the side, though, where I can watch the crowd [...]

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The Coolest Spot in Cannes

September 5, 2012
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When we think of Cannes, in France, most of us probably think “film festival”.  As it turns out, I was in Cannes just days before the film festival. The entire waterfront area along the Promenade seemed to be under construction, building stages for the “red carpet” entrances, erecting structures on the beach and such. Tourists [...]

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