Europe

Three Days in Athens

Acropolis

Bad travel advice is rare. Travelers are open and adventurous types, with countless suggestions of off-the-beaten-path locales, such as museums not frequented even by locals. However, several folks have mentioned to me over the years that there’s little more to Athens than the Acropolis. Those people should be slapped. I was fortunate to connect with […]

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Secret Santorini

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The celebrated island was not as I had expected; the skies were overcast, and only a few wandering souls dotted the winding white lanes of Oia (“EE-ah”). An older man sat on a creaky wooden chair in front of a convenience store, skillfully yet casually weaving baskets of wire. He had the face of someone […]

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The Algarve: Driving Southern Portugal

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Portugal’s southern coast is one of breathtaking beauty. The Algarve region is a popular summer destination, famous for its beaches, but there is plenty to see and do year around. Hiking: A three-hour drive from Lisbon, the mountain town of Monchique is a refreshing and off the beaten path destination. Beautiful vistas are everywhere and […]

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Top Things to do in Lisbon

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If you’re in love with Europe’s cobblestoned streets of the past, Lisbon is the place for you. Okay, so my first suggestion is not something you must do, but something you must eat. Pastéis de Belém (pash-TAYSH duh ba-LINE) refers to the popular pastry dating back to the Portuguese medieval period. It is egg-based and […]

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Studies in Tuscany

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I imagined that my summer in Tuscany would be spent pouring through Renaissance literature in the classroom, followed by evenings enjoying a dripping cone of gelato in the local piazza. Instead, the many complex layers of traveling solo revealed themselves. This picture didn’t always include lush cypress trees and jovial strangers. Of course, gelato was […]

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