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Il Borro: A Medieval Borgo Reinvented As A Luxury Tuscan Resort


    A Medieval Castle Turned Borgo Along An Ancient Roman Passageway   When it comes to luxury hotels in Tuscany, or rather anywhere in Italy, the consumer is spoilt for choice. However what makes Il Borro something special lies in its 1,000 year-old past, the exact origins dating back to 1039. It was said to have been along an old Etruscan road and later a Roman one (clodia and the cassia), the area itself a political stronghold, becoming a battleground…

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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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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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Slovenia Just Might Be The Next Big Thing For Wine

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Stepping out into a cold February afternoon, I headed into a very typical Slovenian house in the heart of ‘hurricane wind’ Vipava valley, an area not far from the Italian border. So famous is this wind, it helped determine the fate of the famous Battle of the Frigidus in 394. Following the sweet smile of our friend and young host Karolina, we were shown to the stairs to the cellar. I ducked, as per tall-girl-problems it’s surprising I haven’t yet had…

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24 Hour Staycation At The Hotel Savoy


A little more than three year’s ago, Nico and I were just two friends, awkwardly navigating the transition between platonic besties to something more, which was an exciting, yet scary time. Our first kiss happened after a pizza with friends at Vico del Carmine, I didn’t want to go alone since all of my friends were in couples and Nico was my obvious partner-in-crime. An intelligent guy who could carry conversation and drink his weight in wine. After plenty of…

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Lost In Paradise In Thailand: Koh Yao Noi


It’s hard to believe that one country could have hundreds of beautiful islands, each prettier than the last in a place with so many different shades of blue, even Crayola wouldn’t know what to name them all. Periwinkle, aqua, sapphire, indigo. You’d be hard pressed to find a more idyllic place to spend your honeymoon than Thailand, and like two slightly tanned lovebirds, we saved the best for last. We left for what I will only describe as pure, unadulterated…

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