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Traveling Beyond Barcelona – Colony Guell and the Gaudi Crypt

We as travelers / tourists / insert-your-term-here tend to get stuck in circuits when we travel. We visit a city and use our guidebooks to hit all the tried and true sights. We trap ourselves in this routine city after city. I know. I’m guilty. In Barcelona, it’s La Sagrada Familia and the rest of the Gaudi circuit, Catedral de Barcelona, La Rambla, the Gothic Quarter, the beaches, and more Gaudi. They’re…

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Exploring London Neighborhoods – Hipmunk City Love

Ever since Hugh Grant slipped while illegally climbing into one of Notting Hill’s private gardens in the movie Notting Hill and exclaimed, “Whoopsie Daisy,” I’ve been obsessed with exploring London’s many quirky and colorful neighborhoods. Secretly, I hope to catch a glimpse of Spike walking down the street wearing a scuba mask and an inappropriate T-shirt (preferably not in his whitey tighties). This is the London I want to see – the…

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Hipmunk City Love – 48 Hours in Florence, Italy

Italy is blessed with a rich art and religious history that tourists of all faiths and nationalities flock to see. While Rome is the center of the religious story, Florence is the center for art as the birthplace of the Renaissance. It’s most likely a stop on your city hopping tour of Italy. Below are some of the must-see attractions to enjoy the best of your 48 hours in Florence. The Cathedral of…

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A Day Visiting Ancient Rome

Visiting Ancient Rome truly deserves an entire day on your itinerary.  Some tourists may try to squeeze it into a few hours, but they’re not doing themselves justice.  Sure, they may capture a photo to share on Facebook, but is that why we travel?  To just brag about it online?  Hardly.  Ancient Rome is about the experience.  It’s about touring buildings that are thousands of years old, walking in the footsteps of…

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Visiting Central Rome and the Best Meal We Ate in Italy

If you have just one night in Rome, visiting Central Rome is essential. This post picks up from my last post on Rome where we spent the greater part of the day exploring the Vatican.  After lingering over wood fired pizza and a half carafe of wine, we explored Central Rome on a self-guided walking tour took us past the ancient of Castel Sant’Angelo and through the trendy of the Triangle of…

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Have You Ever Traveled to Meet Overseas Family? Part 2

Whether your family immigrated during colonial times like my wife’s or they immigrated in the 20th century like mine, we are all sons and daughters of people who came from someplace else.  Those of us with more recent ties to a first generation immigrant may feel a stronger pull to know that heritage.  We grew up in households where the culture of our families’ Old Country was as alive as American culture. …

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Favorite Moments – Rialto Bridge

I’ve written about travel moments in the past.  Very rarely did they have to do with the actual place that I was in, but more with a culmination circumstances.  The Duff Brothers could have been performing in any city.  It was the bar, the people, and the music that captured the travel moment.  The same with the pop band in Chiang Mai.  That band could have been playing in any international city. …

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The Truth About Venice

My wife and I sat in our room at the Westin Europa and Regina trying to plot out dinner plans over a bottle of Prosecco.  She manned the TripAdvisor app on our tablet, and I managed a few blogs on my phone and a myriad of tour books.  We wanted to find the perfect restaurant for that authentic Venetian meal.  The kind of place where we were the only tourists in a…

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A Photomontage of a Gondola Ride through Venice

We were tired after almost two days of non-stop walking.  It was Venice so much of that time was spent lost looking at paper maps and pillaging enough free Wifi to pinpoint our location on Google Maps.  Surprisingly, we managed not to argue in these moments of frustration.  We had been warned about Venice and instead laughed as other tourists resolved that street signs do not exist in the maze that is…

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Another Travel Moment – Mille Miglia 1000 Road Rally

I cringe when I read other travel blogs where each day is so jam packed that it seems like every minute is dictated with a timed museum or church visit to ensure all the highlights and main attractions are visited.  What if I want to linger over more paintings than just the ones my guide book says are the highlights?  I also shutter away from tour groups that herd 50 tourists from…

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