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  1. Venice (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Coin Shop in Venice, Italy

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    When we decided to go on our first trip to Europe, Italy was the destination. Being a coin collector, I wanted to look at examples from the large cities we were going to visit- Rome, Florence, and Venice. I asked a fellow collector I had met the previous summer while taking classes at the American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar (another story) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, if he had any suggestions. He told me about the Il Mio Hobby Coin Shop in Venice. As a total rookie in world travel, I found it hard to believe I could really find that spot in a land that seemed so far away.  

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  2. Christmas Puddy

    Holiday Wishes from Special Needs Vacation by V

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    The holidays tend to be a bit busy.  My wish is for everyone to slow down, and enjoy the special moments a bit more.  This can mean enjoying a church service, lighting up the house, having a snowball fight, or building a ginger bread village.  Often the experiences are what create the memories more than all the materialistic things.  Also you may want to share an old tradition or create a new tradition.  In our house the holidays would not be complete without a few batches of Swedish Nuts to share. Although my youngest is now 18, she is going to join me in baking the nuts.

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  3. La Gavroche

    London’s Food, Glorious Food

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    Remember when… English food was considered abominable? Except for we English who loved it, didn’t know better, and it wasn’t until the advent of the early Chinese and Indian cafes that we knew any other cuisine or cooking.  But over the years, especially with the EU making crossing borders easy, the wonderful influx of young chefs from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, etc., has brought fine dining to an Art form in London and beyond.  Let’s take a look at some of the venerable restaurants in London, and it’s all about adapting tried and true establishments adapting to the “latest” trends

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  4. 2016 Boomer Travel Trends

    2016 Boomer Travel Trends

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    Liz asked Stephanie Miles from AARP about Boomer Travel Trends for 2016 and here is her response.

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  5. New York at night

    Hop On, Hop Off Bus in New York City Is A Blast!

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    Have you ever visited a new city, and not been sure what you want to see? It can be very overwhelming. On a recent trip to New York City my daughter and I decided to take the hop on hop off bus. Keep in mind that I have sight limitations, and my daughter (who is 19) is very ADHD. This was her first time in the Big Apple, so we choose to take the night time tour.

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  6. Zaha Hadid

    Zaha Hadid: Her Life and Architecture

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    From Bagdad (her birth) to London (her adopted home) to Miami (her last days), Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, one of the greatest architects of our time and the first female architect to be honored with the Pritzker Prize (2004), architecture’s highest accolade, died of a heart attack on March 31st. She was 65 years old. 

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  7. The Benefits of Going on a Private Tour

    The Benefits of Going on a Private Tour

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    You are in a new location trying to get the most out of your limited time to explore the area.  Although everyone wants to go explore 1 person has extreme food allergies, and another travel companion cannot walk far.  This means you have to miss out in seeing the Archaeological sites, eating authentic food, and seeing more than the touristy places on a right?

    WRONG!

    It is time to look into setting up a PRIVATE TOUR

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  8. Venice - El Rialto Bridge

    Venice, Italy: City of Dreams

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    Enchanting, majestic, serene, Venice is like no other place in the world.  No other city has been built on a lagoon that with each year gently is sinking at the rate of 1 – 2mm a year.

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  9. Colosseum

    Escape the Heat, Skip the Lines This Summer

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    Iconic sights are almost always jammed, but there ways to break free of the crowds and stay cool, from a guided tour with skip-the-line access, spots to cool off or secret side entrances with no waits. Below are some unique ways that travelers can avoid the high-season lines, making the most out of their summer vacation. 

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  10. Finding Affordable Luxury in Chianti’s High Season

    Finding Affordable Luxury in Chianti’s High Season

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    We recently returned from a week in Tuscany’s famous wine region of Chianti. This is a heavily-visited area, especially in the high summer season, with throngs of people thirsting to sample the iconic Chianti Classico at countless wine bars and swanky wineries. But we found a few ways to avoid the crowds, and their spending, while still experiencing this beautiful, delicious, and intoxicating region to its fullest.

     

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  11. Osechi

    Year-End / Year-Beginning Holiday Food in Tokyo, Japan

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    Food is central to every holiday celebration, and Japan is no exception. The fresh, seasonal ingredients, precise preparation and the complete visual aesthetic—color, balance and design—of traditional Japanese cuisine represent thousands of years of traditions, stories and symbolism.  But it’s not just traditional Japanese foods that make this country a stand out in the world of gastronomy.  The Japanese are particularly adept at taking foods and traditions from other countries and turning them into something better. 

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  12. See Italy with Trafalgar Tours

    See Italy with Trafalgar Tours

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    Weaving in and out of the crowds at a Tuscan market, the infectious passion of chef Libero adds to the color and excitement of picking out the freshest Italian ingredients, like juicy vine tomatoes and plump local olives. At each stall Libero is greeted like an old friend, as he introduces you to the vendors who insist you try their produce; perhaps herb-infused olive oil drizzled over a chunk of bread, or wafery slices of prosciutto which melt on your tongue. All before he takes you to historic Villa Machiavelli in the Tuscan hills, to turn your finds into a traditional Italian feast together.

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  13. Da Vinci Comes to New Mexico

    Da Vinci Comes to New Mexico

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     (Albuquerque, NM) —The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) hosts a special exhibition, Da Vinci—The Genius February 10 through July 29, 2018. Da Vinci—The Genius was created by Grande Exhibitions with the assistance of Museo Leonardo da Vinci – Rome, and many experts in Italy and France to provide a truly authentic experience.

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  14. Italy Patrol

    Italy Patrol

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    Join Victoria as she shares the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy
    Ciao!

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  15. Gelateria entrance

    The Scoop on Gelato - Part 1

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    “Italy, cradle of all Arts, certainly can be known as cradle of the art of making gelato, as well.”

    - Auguste Escoffier, Chef

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  16. Flying iPhone

    How to Use Your iPhone for Free (or nearly Free) in Europe

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    A system for reducing your cell phone charges while traveling in Europe.

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  17. Gardens

    Barnsley Resort: Adairsville, Georgia

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    If you’re a sucker for romance, the great outdoors and a laid back atmosphere, then I have just the place for you! Head south to Adairsville, Georgia and visit the Barnsley Resort. This property begins with a love story and I have to include the Timeline of this estate so you can appreciate your visit to this magnificent area. 

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  18. Alassio

    Alassio – Riviera di Fiori, Italy

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    I love the South of France, my favorite place on earth.But, just over the French/Italian border is another piece of Heaven. The Riviera of the Flowers – they grow in wild profusion and greenhouses all over the hillsides of this area. The flower stands are places of immense delight, just to stand and smell, and see God’s miracle of color and growth illuminate our lives.

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  19. da paolina

    The Isle of Capri

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    Capri is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. This article provides snapshots of four restaurants in the main town also called Capri.

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  20. Rome

    Best Christmas Markets in Europe: “Traditions from the Heart”

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    As we begin in earnest to prepare for the upcoming Christmas Season, where else but in Europe will one experience the enchantment and traditions of the holidays!  Strolling through a Christmas Market is where the romance of the holiday will truly rekindle in you a sense of joy and peace!

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  21. Village of Glendale

    The Glendalia Boutique Hotel and Culinary Studio: Cincinnati, Ohio

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    Have I got a surprise for you! Who says you have to go overseas to stay in a charming bed and breakfast that also gives you cooking classes? Don't get me wrong, going to Italy, France, Spain, etc. is amazing, but if you don't want to break the bank, go to Cincinnati! Yes, I said Cincinnati, as in Ohio.

     

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  22. Ponte Vecchio | courtesy of inzumi.com

    Luxury Patrol: Florence, Italy

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    FLORENCE - MAJESTIC PLACE OF THE  BIRTH OF THE  ITALIAN RENAISSANCE. HOME TO THE MEDICIS - LORENZO THE MAGNIFICENT and all those other famous men, and even CATHERINE de MEDICI, later to be Queen of France. It is where Machiavelli wrote his tale of political backstabbing and maneuvering  - THE PRINCE.  And where Michelangelo left lasting treasures in the streets, squares and museums of this medieval living Museum.

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  23. The courtyard at La Romita, L Doctor sketchbook

    Catching Song: Art in the Umbrian Hills of Italy

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    I was recently listening to an interview with the musician, Bobby McFerrin where he describes improvisation as movement, as catching song. What does it mean to catch a song? It implies that the song, our creation, is already here– and so part of our work as artists is to listen, to observe, and improvise from our experience. At La Romita, we will develop these skills through drawing, writing and watercolor techniques–  and taking daily sketching trips into the small Umbrian hill towns. In the afternoons we return to La Romita for time in the workshop. 

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  24. Paleys Place

    Paleys Place Bistro: Portland, Oregon

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    This is a 50 seat French restaurant in the beautiful historic part of the city. Owners Vitaly and Kim Paley have turned this Victorian home into a true award winner.

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  25. St.Mary of the Flower (Photo by Mike Miller)

    The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower: Florence, Italy

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    During our first trip to Italy, we spent 3 days in Florence. Out the window of our home base, Hotel De Lansi, was the main church of Florence, The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower. The ideas and architectural techniques used to build its dome played an important role in igniting the Renaissance. 

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