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Vineyard Walk at Vigneti Santa Liberata

If you ask me what is the most important part of travel in Italy for me, I would first and foremost mention its the people. I have been fortunate to have met and befriended many lovely souls people over the past few years that strengthen my belief when I say this. There have been so […]

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Visiting the Castle Hill in Budapest

Did I say how much I loved Budapest?? Okay I probably did but here’s another post to prove my point 😉 The Fisherman’s Bastion at the Buda side of the city is situated on Castle Hill. It is a unique monument whose name comes from the fishermen who defended the walls in the Middle Ages. The […]

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Italy Travel: Things to Know

Italy is a country full of wonderful people who go out of the way to help you. I have so many instances where I have been assisted by complete strangers. Incidences like these make travel memorable and also makes Italy the prime reasons for return. But traveling to any country = understanding a new culture […]

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Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast by Margie Miklas

The month to be grateful continues. One person who I am most thankful for and who instantly comes to my mind for my Italian sojourns is Margie Miklas. A fellow Italophilie and author of 2 novels and a coffee table book, Margie is my confidante and guide. I chanced upon Margie’s blog about 2.5 years back while […]

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Waking Up in 25Hours Hotel, Vienna

In my previous post I mentioned that it is the month to be grateful. One such place that highlights my gratitude is the 25Hours Hotel in Vienna. Located in the 7th District of the city, 25Hours Hotel is based on a circus theme. It has a strange name and an ugly building (from outside) but that […]

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Things I Love About Travel

-Discovering new places, cuisines, history, culture ….   -Breaking mundane routines and making your own. -Challenging yourself to things you never imagined. -Sharing travel stories with strangers. -Making check list and ticking each one as it’s achieved. -Learning words of the local language. -Knowing others’ point of view for a new vision -Enjoying a cake twice a […]

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Wine Tasting in Castello di Poppiano

Castello di Poppiano is perched on the cascading hills of Tuscany. Only a short drive from Florence, it is located in Montespertoli and belongs to the Guicciardini family. A powerful name in Tuscany, Guicciardini houses many Florentine masterpieces since the difficult times of World War II. I took a bike tour with Tuscany Bike Tours with a group […]

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Mercato di Capo: A Legendary Market of Palermo

If you visit Palermo and do not see its historic markets you probably haven’t seen the city. Food is an important part of the Italian culture and being around it, would make you understand the passion behind it. Palermo is particularly known for its crazy markets and even though the fruit and vegetable might be […]

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Going Back in Time in Scicli

I have been watching the TV show “Inspector Montalbano” for more than a year now and can easily say I have a soft spot for Sicily. Based on the books by Andrea Camilleri, Inspector Montalbano has been shot in different Sicilian towns but the inspector’s main headquarters are shown to be in Scicli. A UNESCO World Heritage […]

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Postcard from Baroque Ragusa

I was in Ragusa only for a quick stop but the baroque town was nothing as I had imagined and seen on TV. Ragusa’s medieval styled architecture and piazzas with lack of tourists was enough to give me a high. It was raw and indescribable beauty. Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series is filmed in this […]

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