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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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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 Colosseum, The Forum, and Palatine Hill: History’s Echoes

June 26, 2012
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Rome, Italy wasn’t always just a city. Once upon a time, it was an empire. An empire with a bloody, brutal history. Who hasn’t heard of the gladiators fighting to the death in the Colosseum? Or Christians being fed to lions? Or that Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times by members of the Roman Senate […]

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The Beehive, A Home Away From Home in Rome

June 5, 2012
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Two years ago, I read about a charming little budget hotel in Rome called the Beehive on a hotel review site called DarnGoodDigs.com. I knew that when I finally visited Rome, that is where I would stay. Fast-forward to 2012, and I booked three nights at the Beehive in May to bookend my cruise. Shortly […]

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Battling the Crowds at the Trevi Fountain

May 29, 2012
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I had read the advice online ahead of time: Go late at night or in the early morning hours to enjoy the Fountain without all the tourists, other travelers said. Otherwise, it’s a mob scene. I didn’t heed their advice. What a mistake. Of course, it’s not like I had a lot of choice. I […]

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Mediterranean Preview: 9 Cities and 3 Countries in 1.5 Weeks

May 4, 2012
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I am just about on the eve of my next trip to Europe. If you’ll recall, I’ve booked myself a Studio Stateroom aboard the Norwegian Epic to explore several ports in three countries. I’ll also be flying in and out of Rome, so I’ll finally have a chance to see the Eternal City. Without a […]

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Hotel Says “Pay What You Want”

January 18, 2011

A “Pay What You Want” Rate?  For REAL???  Yes, for real.  One of my contacts at WIHP – Explorotel told me that Hotel Abruzzi in Rome is the first of possibly other hotels experimenting with a promotion rate in which you, the guest, can pay what you feel is a fair price for your room […]

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