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Slovenia Just Might Be The Next Big Thing For Wine

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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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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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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3 Favorite Spring Destinations Outside Of Florence

As always, the best inspiration I get for posts is from you guys, my faithful readers. You send me emails or facebook messages, which I always read, even if I can be a little late getting back to you on certain questions. Lately, it’s been all about Easter and ideas for day trips in Tuscany. Sadly, but not surprisingly, I never hear about any Easter events earlier than perhaps a week or two before but I will add them here.…

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Exploring A Different Side Of Phuket

When one imagines visiting Thailand, they envision the clear blue waters depicted in movies like ‘The Beach’ or ‘James Bond’, which the country has been capitalizing for a long time now on tourists. Phuket however, has a bit of a sketchy reputation, not totally unlike what I had heard when we visited the Greek island of Corfu. ‘Oh yeah that’s where people go to party.’ But there has to be more than that, right? However, since any decent honeymoon should probably…

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48 Romantic Hours in Chiang Mai

It was hard to say goodbye to Bangkok, but as we shoved my oversize yellow bag into the taxi one last time before heading to Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai.  I gripped Nico’s hand and got a sudden rush of excitement. Part of the reason we chose Thailand as our honeymoon destination was the sheer fact that it almost too easy to jet around the country. This article is a collaborative effort with Expedia.com to share a romantic itinerary in…

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