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Staying In A 13th Century Monastery in Prague

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There are hotels, then there are incredible places to stay, brimming with history through its sturdy stone walls. A place that tugs at the most curious strings of your soul, wondering “who else passed through these hallways.” The Augustine Hotel is exactly that, a monastery and luxury hotel blended together and nestled comfortably in the beautiful red-tiled Mala Strana district of Prague.   For first-timers to the city like us, the location was absolutely ideal. An easy 8 minute walk from Charles Bridge,…

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Celje – A Cultural Gem In The Heart Of Slovenia

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Cover photo credit:  Lepa beseda lepo mesto najde. “A nice word finds a nice place” in other words — politeness costs little and yields much, another reason I find Slovenia and Slovenians to be quite remarkable. Plus their proverbs seem all together, extremely spot on. It’s a country that has it all, wild rivers, superb wine, jaw-dropping castles and huge lakes. One of my personal favorite places in this young country that surprises, remains the cultural hideaway of Celje (pronounced tselyeh),…

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Assisi: Exploring One Of Umbria’s Crown Jewels


In a town with only one bar hopping with about five locals on a Saturday night, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this Umbrian town 90 miles north of Rome. Assisi, or best well-known as the birthplace of St. Francis and a bunch of saints, was well on this girl’s radar as part of my get-the-hell-out-of-Tuscany sometimes plan this year in a bid to discover more of our neighboring regions, and hell if Henry James was enamored with…

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5 Strange Wedding Traditions Around The World


Wedding can be some pretty strange affairs. In fact, some might argue that entire concept of getting hitched legally to someone when there is a 50% possibility of it not working out is pretty inane in itself, but we love it! While we’re all used to the standard ‘here comes the bride’ moments, I also have other more awkward memories as a child going to weddings where the groom takes his newlywed’s garter off her thigh using just his teeth…

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A Guide To The Best Gardens In Florence, Italy


It’s a wonder how green places can be spiritual medicine for the soul. The smell of fresh cut grass was the only thing that made the cumbersome task of ‘mowing our lawn’ in the middle of a Texas summer just about bearable. This is not me trying to sound clever here, just check out this article according to the NyTimes “German researchers found that just glancing at shades of green can boost creativity and motivation. It’s not hard to guess…

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Day Trip To Trebbio, Wine And Conspiracy In One Tuscan Castle

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Tasting wine in an authentic 12th century, Tuscan castle. It doesn’t get much better than that, right? Well what if said castle was home to one of the biggest conspiracies in Florentine history, and a love story? It starting to sound a bit more like a plot to a Hollywood thriller, but luckily for us living in Italy, this all just comes with the territory. Trebbio Castle is the perfect day-trip from Florence, the location being strategically only about 25…

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