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Claudia Flisi

Claudia B. Flisi ’69 has been writing professionally since the age of 16, with articles appearing in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, web publications and several books.

Italy’s Donkey Sanctuary: An Enchanting Detour

You don’t have to be a child or an animal lover to visit Italy’s Donkey Sanctuary in the Piedmont region, but it helps if you are. Amateur historians, economists, sociologists, and psychologists should also be enchanted. Everyone is welcome – families, singles, couples, teenagers, schoolchildren, special interest groups – and you may see all these in attendance on …

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Visiting the Ice Man in Bolzano, Italy

Ötzi is Italy’s most famous mummy and has his own museum to prove it –the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology in Bolzano. One doesn’t normally associate Italy with mummies, but Ötzi — also known as the Ice Man — is exceptional and so is his story. Ötzi, the Ice Man The Ice man emerged in September …

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Tracking Down Dracula at Snagov Monastery

Few visitors to Romania come to Snagov Monastery. Fewer still have ever heard of it, in spite of its connection to the life (actually the death) of Count Dracula, the country’s most famous native. Technically,  as a fictional character – and a vampire, Dracula didn’t live OR die. But his real-life counterpart, Vlad Țepeș (Vlad the Impaler), …

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Visiting Romania’s Maramureș County

Many Romanians vacation in Maramureș, a county in Romania north of Transylviania and south of the Ukrainian border, for the same reasons foreigners do. They are curious to see life as it existed centuries ago. Maramureș is like Pennsylvania Dutch country in the US:  horse-drawn carriages, hand-embroidered clothing, rural crafts, and lifestyles based on agriculture. …

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Poenari Castle Romania – Discover And See The “REAL” Dracula Castle

Bran Castle vs Poenari Castle To visit the real Dracula’s real castle in Romania, you have to know which castle to visit. Shall it be Bran Castle of Transylvania, beloved by tourists and the country’s tourism board, or Poenari Castle of Wallachia, the historically valid but little-known alternative? >>Check out these amazing “Dracula Tours” in Romania Those who …

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