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  • Graffiti at the Viadukt | Zurich, Switzerland
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    Zurich West is Cool Zurich

    Zurich West is the place to be in Zurich – it used to be the industrial district and is currently transitioning into the cool new gentrified millenial hotspot in the city. This…

  • Piazza archway | Venice, Italy
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    Venice in the Summer

    Venice, Italy in the summer might be literally drowned in tourists, but it is still as beautiful and disneyland-ish as it ever was. A family trip to Slovenia brought us to Venice…

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    Santa Brigida, Gran Canaria

    When we booked our cottage in the mountains of Gran Canaria, I knew nothing about the nearby town Santa Brigida. It was big enough that I figured we’d find restaurants and grocery stores –…

  • Colors of the El Cotillo lagoon beach | Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
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    Fuerteventura? Never Heard of It.

    This is what the airline ticket counter lady said to me as she handed me my boarding passes at JFK airport: “Here are your boarding passes for Madrid, and then your connection…

  • Pears and mandarin oranges | Bastille Market | Paris, France
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    Market Heaven in Paris: Marche Bastille

    There’s nothing better than visiting a farmer’s market in the heart of one of the world’s best food cities. And if you are hoping to visit a market that not only offers…

  • Eiffel Tower at night, from the Arc de Triomph | Paris, France
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    Photo Inspiration: Paris at Night

    Even in the middle of a cold gray February, Paris comes alive at night. The bare branches of the city’s trees are dimmed, and the warm lights from inside the city’s cozy restaurants and…

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    Reasons to Love Triana, Seville

    When I travel, I often try to stay somewhere other than the main tourist center. It’s not because I’m trying to be different (because let’s be honest, this isn’t really a novel…

  • Santa Cruz square | Seville, Spain
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    A Seville Walking Tour

    Exploring Seville on foot is definitely the way to go. The sights are not spread too far apart which means you can see a lot in only one day. And the charming unknown…

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    The Alcazar of Seville

    You know what I’m a sucker for? If you said scarves and toast you’d be right, but that’s not what I’m referring to here. When it comes to architecture and historic places,…

  • Inside Taberna Almendro 13 | La Latina, Madrid, Spain
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    Scenes from La Latina, Madrid

    Far away from the stately buildings that line Madrid’s Gran Via are the gritty slinky side streets of La Latina. Hidden from the wide open spaces of Plaza Mayor are the dark…

  • Pimientos de Padron at Mercado San Miguel | Madrid, Spain
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    Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel

    It’s only fitting that my first real post about my trip to Spain is a post about my favorite place to go when I’m in a new destination: the market. The smells, the…

  • Cafes in afternoon light | Seville, Spain
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    Travel Repeat: Spain

    Spain was the first country I traveled to without my parents. While I had spent time in Europe before, the safety net of my mom and dad and brother made the travel experience…

  • Beautiful light at Aya Sofya | Istanbul, Turkey
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    My Favorite Places in Istanbul

    Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world. Its unique east-meets-west culture is fascinating and its food is hauntingly delicious. But beyond the things that make Istanbul stand out are…

  • Mt Vesuvius outline | Naples, Italy
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    Notable Photos: Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii

    Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii are two of the most iconic places in all of Italy. While they are not as magnetic Rome nor as desirable for travelers as, say, the Tuscan countryside…

  • Rooftops | Ravello, Italy
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    One Day in Ravello

    I had never heard of the town of Ravello before my trip to the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento was on my radar as I had traveled there with my family as a 14…

  • Rugs for sale outside the Grand Bazaar | Istanbul, Turkey
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    Carpet Shopping in Istanbul

    Carpet shopping in Istanbul is an intense experience. With an endless amount of styles, sizes, and colors to choose from, picking the right one from the right shop can stress out even…

  • Golden wash on the cliffs | Amalfi, Italy
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    The Light in Amalfi

    Amalfi was not my favorite town on the Amalfi Coast. Despite having been the most important port in the region for centuries, and despite it being the one of the most popular…

  • Bougainvillea and vines | Positano, Italy
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    Colorful Positano

    Positano is one of the most colorful places I’ve ever seen. One of the things I loved most about Rome was its colors. The signature peaches and pinks of the plaster walls…

  • View down the coast | Amalfi, Italy
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    Why I Loved the Amalfi Coast

    In every direction I looked, I saw blue. Blue-tinted cliffs disappeared along the hazy horizon. The steel-blue sky was cloudless and the sea was a deep shade of navy, though it glittered…

  • Autumn leaves and a bicycle in Trastevere | Rome, Italybicycle-autumn-leaves-tratevere-rome-italy
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    Scenes from Trastevere, Rome

    I loved Rome. It’s that simple. Between Trastevere, the market and the sights and the food, I fell hard for this intoxicating city. The walls of every building are filled with stories.…

  • Spaghetti a la Carbonara| Italy
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    Eating Through Rome

    Rome is a place of culinary dreams. The bread is warm, crusty, and toastable. There is delicious wine in every bar and restaurant. And there is PASTA. Lots of PASTA. Some of…

  • People at the Roman Forum | Rome, Italy
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    Walking Tour of Rome

    Rome is a perfect city for walking. Nearly every street is picturesque and around every corner is a surprise… an unknown fountain, a local square, a cafe that begs you to order…

  • Spaghetti pomodoro with arugula from Taverna dei Quaranta | Rome, Italy
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    Eating Well Near the Colosseum

    Finding delicious, authentic, well-made food can be hard in touristy areas. I know this problem well as some of my past jobs that have had me hunting for a decent lunch in…

  • Vicolo de Bologna | Trastevere, Rome, Italy
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    Renting an Apartment in Trastevere, Rome

    One of my most favorite things to do when traveling is rent an apartment.   While I love the charm and sense of community of guesthouses, and I do enjoy the spoils…

  • Purple artichokes at Campo de Fiori market | Rome, Italy
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    Market Heaven in Rome: Campo de Fiori

    I could sense the excitement before I even turned the corner and headed into the square. People zipped around holding market bags filled with green, red, and purple surprises. Delivery men carried…

  • Clothesline in Trastavere | Rome, Italy
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    Travel Repeat: Italy

    Like I’ve mentioned before, I don’t often repeat-visit countries. There are so many unique places on this amazing planet – I want to experience as many as possible. But there are a…

  • Perfect espresso near the Ponte Sisto | Rome, Italy
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    Photo Inspiration: Roman Coffee Break

    One of the things I love most about Rome is how the enjoyment of food and drink is so central to life. Yes, the food itself is a keystone in Italian and…

  • Taking a rest with a view | Buyukada, Turkey
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    Biking Around Buyukada Island

    After spending several days visiting the important historical sites in Istanbul like Aya Sofya and the Grand Bazaar, and after a few days in Cappadocia wandering around the fairy chimneys and road…

  • Streets in Gulhane, Istanbul
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    Scenes from Istanbul

    Our days in Istanbul were few, but full of movement. Though my highlights from Istanbul were big things like our cruise on the Bosphorous and a visit inside the Blue Mosque, some…