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Out and About in Paris – Part III: Les Enfants

Top Things to Do in Paris with Kids Paris has the deserved reputation of being one of the world’s most romantic cities, but it holds plenty of opportunities for family vacation fun as well. Public parks and gardens are great escapes from the tiring tedium of a typical tourist regimen. At The Luxembourg Gardens, children ride …

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Out and About in Paris – Part II: Le Restaurant

As in any major metropolitan city, eating out in Paris can be pricey if you don’t know where to go or how to go about it. After sinking nearly sixteen Euros into my first morning’s breakfast, a barebones repast consisting of a café crème, a small orange juice, and two slices of charred toast, I …

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Bastille Day in Paris

Bastille Day, or La Fête Nationale as it’s known in France, is celebrated each year on July 14th. France’s Independence Day, it commemorates the 1789 overtaking of the Bastille, the fortress-prison infamous for incarcerating political prisoners, by the French people. Today the storming of the Bastille is synonymous with the end of feudalism in France …

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Day Tripping in The Veneto: Castelfranco del Veneto

Approximately 40 miles inland from Venice and forty-five minutes’ drive from Asolo is the medieval walled town of Castelfranco del Veneto. Whether you’re en route to or from Venice, this medieval walled town makes for a lovely layover or stopover. A moat and crenellated walls enclose the remains of a 12th century castle from which …

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Day Tripping in The Veneto: Asolo

When looking for sights in Italy to visit, do not forget about beautiful Asolo. Little Asolo is located thirty miles north of Bassano del Grappa and is tucked into the foothills of the Dolomites. This picturesque town with its cypress-covered hills served as a strategic stronghold in Roman times, a summer retreat for well-heeled Venetians …

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Day Tripping in The Veneto: Bassano del Grappa

  Situated at the foot of Monte Grappa, Bassano del Grappa is about a two hour drive northwest from Venice, making it an ideal day trip destination in The Veneto. This picturesque, pastel colored village on the River Brenta has two strong claims to fame: its Old Bridge, or Ponte Vecchio, and The Nardini Distillery, …

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Eat, Pray, Love Florence: Loving Florence on a Budget

“You have a husband, bella?” The waiter’s thickly lashed black-brown gaze lands on my left hand, naked of any ring, and then wanders over the rest of me as though imagining those parts to be naked, too. The question comes at breakfast on my third and final day in Florence, the day I’ve slated for …

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Eat, Pray, Love Florence: Florence’s Sacred Sites

  Duly fueled after sating myself with great Florentine food, I now take a day to explore Florence’s sacred sites, notably its many beautiful churches. The traditional subdivision of Florence into four sectors—Santa Maria Novella, San Giovanni, Santa Croce, and Santo Spirito—dates to the 14th century, with each quarter presided over by its own major …

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