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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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Looking Back on a Year of Adventures

December 19, 2012
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I love this time of year. In addition to looking ahead to the new year, making plans and setting goals, I’ve also been reflecting on the year that has passed. Here’s what 2012 looked like, from a travel perspective, for me: By the Numbers Number of Trips: 4 (keep in mind I have a full-time […]

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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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414 Steps to Heaven

August 7, 2012
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In May, I got to spend about four hours in Florence, Italy. Just four. That’s like telling a kid he’s got five seconds in a candy store. Florence is filled to the rafters with world-class works of art. So much to see, so little time. Rather than spend my time inside a museum or two, […]

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When Life Gives You Limoncello. . . .

July 11, 2012
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One thing you may have heard about Sorrento, a pretty little town on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, is that it is famous for its lemons. On my port day in Naples, I took a small group tour that included a stop in Sorrento. I’m not sure how I expected it would play out. Would […]

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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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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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