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    Paradise in Italy: Staying at Frontone Beach Villa on Ponza Island

    August 26, 2014



    It’s not every day that you get to look out of your window and see the ruins of a 15th century palace. Or fortress. Or house of a wealthy family. Whatever it was atop that hill across from our villa on Isola di Ponza — that crumbling structure barely clinging to whatever historical moment in time it came from — it was a magical sight. Something out of one of my fantasies. I always dreamed of exploring ruins and castles as a young boy, but I had never thought I’d bee sleeping across from them.


    The 10 Most Inspirational Quotes over Photos from my Travels.

    August 20, 2014



    Everybody needs a little kick in the mojo sometimes. A jolt of energy to get life shocked back into. A dose of pure inspiration from the voices and the pens of travelers, philosophers, dreamers, and doers. Hell, sometimes you just need someone to slap you and shout, “Get off your ass and chase your dreams fool!”


    Weekly Travel Photo: Il Trasimeno Lake in Umbria, Italy.

    August 18, 2014


    Long golden grass dancing on a gentle wind, bright yellow and purple wild-flowers peeking out of the hills, dark green-brushed mountains in the distance climbing out of the horizon and surrounding the turquoise lake shimmering under the summer sun.


    From Umbria to Ponza: 10 days of culture and adventure on a blogger tour of Italy

    August 13, 2014

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    Oh how the adventures of backpacking can swing dramatically from lows and highs. Trust me, I would know after all, because for a chunk of my time in Italy and across parts of Eastern Europe I was living on bread and ketchup as my budget bottomed out and I was left pondering what to do next. Well, maybe slightly freaking out.


    Eating Italy: A tantalizing food tour in Trastevere.

    August 6, 2014

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    Someone once said, “The best way to experience a culture is to taste it“. As it turns out, searching all over the interwebs for this tastebud philosopher who said this turned up no results. So, I am claiming this quote, since it is truly the way to experience Italian culture.