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Recipe: Pisa

  We decided (a little last minute) to go on the Pisa day tour and booked it locally from a group tours place a few doors down from our hotel in Florence. More about our adventures in Florence and the after Pisa fun on our Chianti wine tour HERE.   PIAZZA DEI MIRACOLI • SQUARE OF MIRACLES Formally known as Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), this walled area is…

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Recipe: Rome

  After arriving by train from Florence, my mom and I checked into iQ Hotel Roma. We wanted to explore Rome (and find Carapina Gelato). We walked by the monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. Visited Trajan’s Column & Forum, and then Bartolucci for souvenirs for the kids. After that we went to the Pantheon and Carapina (a few times). We also figured…

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Recipe: Florence

  After we got off the train from Venice we walked to Hotel dei Macchiaioli to drop off our bags and then headed out to explore. We visited Basilica di San Lorenzo and then walked by Firenze Barbecue Ristorante, which had some seating outside. Spaghetti Carbonara for Mom and Pizza Margherita for me.   BASILICA DI SAN LORENZO Basilica di San Lorenzo has a complicated building history. Even…

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Recipe: Venice

  After landing at the Marco Polo Airport we (my Mom and I) eventually made it onto a bus headed for Venice. It took us a while, lugging our baggage over two large bridges across the Grand Canal, but we eventually found the hotel which was on a smaller canal. Our hotel – the Residence Palazzo Odoni had a cute little courtyard after the door entrance. Took us awhile…

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Why Do We Travel?

Why do you go on travel? Do you travel to escape the daily grind?  To take that cliche photo? Do you go on travel to see a famous site for yourself? While none of these are “bad” reasons to travel. I would offer that there is a better reason to travel. Venturing to new places can expose you to new ideas, new cultures, and new people. This exposure can…