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24 Hours in Salzburg, Austria

It might come as no surprise that Salzburg is as picturesque a town as they come. You’d sort of expert it from the place that brought Von Trapp’s “The Sound of Music” to our fantasy-driven brains. I’ve only been to Austria once (Vienna) —  but, I was completely charmed in our short 24 hours pretty Salzburg, the fourth largest city in Austria, and it had nothing to do with Mozart’s chocolate balls. Though I’m sure those are good too. It’s got…

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The Czechia Town Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale: Český Krumlov

You almost can’t believe that this town was the backdrop for one of the cheesiest horror movies of my youth. But it is. Think back to 2005. It was one of the most important years of my life, I had just got done teaching English to middle school students in a southern city in China, about to embark on a year’s study abroad adventure in Florence. It was before I had a Facebook account, when people still sent long personal emails and…

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Canyon Park in Tuscany: A Real Life Fear Factor

“Libero” shouts the Italian guy about 20 feet ahead of me. I can barely make out his figure,  but I can certainly hear his yell. I  could see  he had moved slightly off of the landing platform where I, a nothing delicate sort of tall Texan is meant to land after hurtling down a zip line India Jones style.   This was how last Saturday started..   It all really began at a picnic. A group of friends decided we…

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7 Tips For A Stress-Free Road Trip In Tuscany

For someone who hasn’t owned a car for over 10 years, I sure as hell love a great road trip. It’s part of my DNA as an American. Summers for us were spent piling into any dusty car my dad owned, cranking on the air-conditioning as we made our way to Florida or Arizona, stopping at bizarre roadside attractions such as “the world’s biggest twine ball.” In the absence of anything actually cool to see the middle of nowhere Texas…

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24 Hours Of Eating Our Way Through Parma

If there ever was a reason to wear jeggings, it would be Parma. Nestled in the illustrious ‘food valley’ of Italy, Parma is understated elegance at its poignant best in the Po Valley, an area that has been inhabited since the Bronze age. While we are anything but experts after a quick 24 hour jaunt, I can honestly say that I was so delighted to have come. Not only for the food but also as a respite along the quiet, tree-lined…

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Tuscany Beyond The Obvious, Four Fun Ideas

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Give a girl the keys to a vintage Fiat 500, and let me tell you, she can go anywhere. Or in my case, I just handed them over to my copilot-for-life Nico as I took a ton of photos. I might be considered that crazy person who constantly photographs the same things, but I could care less. The Tuscan countryside whispers to the soul, and I make no apologies for my constant puppy love in the presence of its beauty. You…

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