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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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72 Fabulous Hours in Marrakesh

Ah yes, Marrakesh. Leave the shiny airport and soon you’ll be speeding past pretty tree-lined boulevards home to fancy luxury resorts, the large walls hiding what I can only imagine to be their own particular paradise. Itching ever close to the Medina, your hotel driver perhaps drops you off a few meters from your riad, and thus begins what I liken to an assault on every one of your senses. The noise, the people, the donkeys, the scooters whizzing endlessly…

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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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Locals I Love: Meet Gina Tringali

It’s a damn good day when I can publish an interview celebrating yet another amazing person that I have met while living in Italy. No less on the same day that I finally got my carta di soggiorno (resident card) renewed for a whopping five years. If that isn’t reason to celebrate in a major way, I’m not sure what is — bring on the margaritas! In honor of it all, this week, I’m picking the brain of my beautiful…

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Celje – A Cultural Gem In The Heart Of Slovenia

Cover photo credit: Celje.info.  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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