Mallorca’s Enchantment

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, sitting just off the coast of Spain, equidistant between Valencia and Barcelona, and has been a holiday retreat for the Brits and ...

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Soccer Reflections

I am a soccer addict.  I have been one for my whole life.  I have lived through World Cup wins and more often defeats, Champions League victories and many defeats, ...

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Things You Might Not Know About Italian Spa Culture

I will always remember the time I went to Montecatini, a spa town outside of Florence. I pulled up to this beautiful gate and saw an elegant driveway that led ...

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Paris and the Palace of Versailles in One Day

My flight from Madrid to Paris would deliver me to Orly Airport, south of the city. What a delight to fly into. It is not terribly modern, but transportation links ...

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New Adventures in Vieux Lyon

My confession is that I had never been to Lyon. Well, at least never inside the city proper. I had passed it in my rental car when I was a ...

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Churros, Churches and the Best of Spain in Spring

It wasn’t that I had had enough of Madrid. I had spent my first night doing a tapas route while bumping into a bunch of teachers that I knew. As ...

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With the Monsignor in Vatican City

I feel like I have spent an awful lot of time around the Vatican recently. There was Easter and there was the beatification two weeks after when half of the ...

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A Food & Wine Lover’s Guide to Piedmont, Italy

So, what do you do when you need a break from Turin? The good news is that Piedmont is Italy’s new culinary region for cutting edge restaurants, Slow Food, and ...

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Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Turin, Italy

Our journey to Turin turned into a long day in the car. An adventure in the dead of winter involving a train and lots of unexpected wintery weather: We had ...

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Where to Find the Best View in Italy

Every time I go to Venice, I get caught in that star struck moment—is it live, is it Disney, or is it even Las Vegas? You are always greeted by ...

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