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Memorable Moments in Italy 2015: Puglia to the Dolomites

Memorable Moments in Italy 2015: Puglia to the Dolomites

Happy New Year, and thanks for being here. I’ve actually paid attention to the content and articles that my readers (you) seem to enjoy the most… no surprise, anything to do with Italy seems to be a big hit. And why not? How do I love Italy? Let me count the ways. Actually, there are too many to count. I’ve got lots more great Italy content coming in 2016. I’ve also discovered that there are a lot of other people out there who write and blog about Italy. Some I’ve met online, and some I’ve met in person. Either way, we all have a love of Italy in common. To start off the new year, I thought it would be fun to do this collaborative post of memorable moments in Italy. From the vineyards of Tuscany, to the mountains of the Dolomites, if you too dream of Italy, I hope you’ll find some inspiration here. Join us in remembering Italy 2015. Memorable Moments in Italy 2015 Piedmont: Neive and Turin...

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Posted by in Cultural Exploration, Italy, Memoirs, Rome | 20 comments

6 Favorite Moments in Rome

6 Favorite Moments in Rome

It’s been almost seven years now since my first trip to Rome. Seven years and I’m just as in love with Rome as I was at first sight…though perhaps my love has mellowed. When I think of Rome now, it’s more like an old friend with whom I have created some really great memories. However, when I talk to strangers about Rome or people who’ve never been, I still feel the same passion and enthusiasm, and I want them to feel it too. I want everyone to love Rome as much as I do. I think the reason I fell so hard was because I didn’t expect to. It didn’t happen like a lightning bolt, but more like a strong steady rain that that catches you a little off guard and even though you take cover, you still end up drenched. Good memories, and good trips, are made up of moments in time. A collection of great moments is like a photo album. You turn the page and another...

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Posted by in Italy, Memoirs, Rome | 40 comments

Is Rome Really All That?

Is Rome Really All That?

“One sidewalk cafe coming right up!” and off they go, bumping over the cobblestone streets of Rome. Imagine them: she choosing to experience a life she has, up to now, only dreamed of, temporarily abandoning her responsibilities. And he playing the role of modern day knight, on a Vespa. She sits in front, laughing and smiling broadly, the wind in her face, as he points out the ancient monuments and tourist attractions. He takes her to the Colosseum and then Rocca’s, a cafe near the Pantheon, the first stop in fulfilling her fantasies of having an adventure. Cliche? Of course. Wishful thinking? Obviously. And we all know how that film goes. But I’ve done it. It happened. Well, sort of. The first time I went to Rome, a lovely Italian man I’d met arranged for a friend of his to show me around on his scooter. “Penny, I hope you don’t mind, I have arranged a surprise for you. I’d like to take you myself, but this is wrong....

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Posted by in Memoirs, Photography | 27 comments

Travel Writers On Their Best and Worst Moments

Travel Writers On Their Best and Worst Moments

In spite of the bad times, or perhaps because of them, we continue to travel. Making it through a tough time makes us stronger and feel a sense of accomplishment. It also creates a more interesting story, ones that people want to hear more than about your lovely time. Of course, there are the good times, too, and if travel was all bad, why would we ever go again? We need the bad and the good to illuminate and to define each other – and to spur us on to the next travel moment. I collaborated with several other travel bloggers and photographers to put together the best and the worst of 2013. All are seasoned travelers and writers, and have lots of stories, so you can be sure what they’ve shared is thoughtful and from the heart. I also asked if they had a photograph to illustrate the moment. Most said the best moment was easy, while the worst was more difficult. I give you: Travel Writers on...

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Travel To Escape Reality

Travel To Escape Reality

Have you ever booked a last minute trip to a place that was several time zones away, where people don’t speak English, don’t use the same currency – and if you’re truly honest with yourself about the whole thing, you can’t afford it? Have you ever spent a ridiculous amount of money just to get away from your life and all the things that go with it? I’m considering doing just that. I need to get out of my own head. I need a break from the person I’ve become the past few months, feeling like a hamster on the wheel. I’ve tried breathing, exercising, talking to friends, making gratitude lists, and it all works for a little while, but not long. “Must it be out of the country?” I ask myself. It would be easier to stay in the U.S. I wouldn’t have to change currency, deal with the long flights, the plane changes, the jet lag from crossing several times zones. I wouldn’t have to worry about...

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