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What Makes a Boutique Hotel Stand Out: La Joya in San Cristobal

All hail the boutique hotel. You’ve heard it a million times when searching for accommodations while traveling and, it sounds pretty cool right? In my opinion, it’s a term that has been slightly abused in the travel industry. Of course the definition lies in a subjective, personal analysis, though it is to my personal belief that they are meant to be intimate accommodations that don’t feel part of a chain, typically unique in design, preferably family-owned or at the very…

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July Events in Florence, Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

July has arrived and it leaves in its wake the heatwave we’ve all been complaining about for almost the entirety of June. Yesterday, I was actually cold in my house as the summer storms have begun and the city gets a welcome break from the sun’s relentless beating. Florence is full-to-bursting as it is every July, I tend to get up early and wander the Duomo side of the city only then or after dark, a bit vampire-isa, I know,…

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Those Who Came Before Us: Exploring Teotihuacan From Mexico City

“Look over there” Nadia pointed out. Her finger stretching towards the window of our van at a hilly landscape dotted with colorful houses, many of which seemed stacked on top of one another. “this is the neighborhood of Ecatepec.“ This, the densely populated suburb of Mexico City, marked as a place both poverty and crime ridden but a place also of richness and culture. It made International news when Pope Francis came to visit in 2016, there he famously decried Mexico’s corrupt elite…

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Friendship and One Week in Croatia

“We are friends for life. When we’re together the years fall away. Isn’t that what matters? To have someone who can remember with you? To have someone who remembers how far you’ve come?” ― Judy Blume The day I met Kat we both had no idea how important we would become in one another’s life. ps. If you’re reading this post just for tips on Croatia feel free to scroll down It was 2005, cue a ridiculous group of exciting…

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24 hours, artisans, culture, history, mexico, one perfect day, restaurant, shopping, travel, uncategorised

24 Hours In Taxco, A Pueblo Mágico in Mexico

Has anyone told you about the buses in Mexico? They’re amazing.  Far from the scary “Greyhound” bus tales of my youth in America, buses here are nothing of that sort and often feature business-class type luxuries. The bus stations are clean, functional and well-organized. We checked our bags as if at an airport and were given water and a snack for our easy journey. For our two-week Mexico trip we booked several rides, and from Mexico City for the shortest…

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5 Reasons Bologna Makes The Perfect Day Trip From Florence

When it comes to “where you can you visit while using Florence as a base” nothing comes more to mind than the city of Bologna, capital of Emilia-Romagna. A quick and pleasant 35 minute journey by fast train from Santa Maria Novella will have you up there quicker than you can say “mortadella” and maybe an hour from that time, you’ll be able to eat some in one of the city’s gastronomic hotspots because this place well known for its…

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