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8 In Europe/ Italy/ Itinerary/ Trip Guide

48 Hours in Bologna: What to Eat, See and Do

Bologna Dinner

Recently, one of my close friends – Allie from The White Apartment – took an amazing two week trip around Northern Italy! I lusted after her photos on Instagram as she ate her way around the cutest of Italian villages and cities. One of which was Bologna, in the heart of Italy’s most famous food region! Of course I had to ask her to share her absolute favorite things about Bologna with us. And in this post she’s detailed all there is to do, eat and see in the city!

When my husband and I were planning our trip to Italy we knew we wanted to make a stop in Bologna because it’s where some of Italy’s most recognizable food comes from. We love to cook at home and have been making pasta from scratch for years (here and here are some examples).

Bologna is a bit less touristy than other Italian cities, but has so much history. The oldest University in the world is located there and as result the city has always had a strong connection to arts, sciences, and culture. It’s an interesting contrast to the largely religious cities that dominate most of Italy’s history. Because the university still operates, Bologna has a young, vibrant feel that’s rare among so many medieval towns. On top of all this it’s in the heart of Italy’s most famous food region. Continue Reading →

9 In North America/ Trip Guide/ United States

24 of America’s Best National Parks

23 of Americas Best National Parks

Keep close to nature’s heart…and break away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir, the Father of the National Parks

The beautiful words of environmental philosophers such as John Muir and Edward Abbey have always inspired me. As a kid and teenager I didn’t have many opportunities to go camping or hiking, but I romanticized the wild of America and it’s something as an adult I’ve loved exploring. Continue Reading →

2 In Egypt/ Middle East/ Trip Guide

Cairo From Above: The Citadel of Saladin

Feisty Cairo

Cairo. She’s feisty, suffocating and exhausting but she’s also invigorating and inspiring. And sometimes it’s beyond me how she – with her layers and layers of people (22 million!!), buildings, cars and dust – manages to function. But she does and that’s half the beauty of the city. That it functions despite itself. From high atop the Saladin Citadel, the chaos of Cairo feels a bit more bearable. And it provides an expansive, and often hazy, view of the urban sprawl of the city.

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17 In Egypt/ Middle East/ Trip Guide

A Guide to Visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Men riding camels

The Pyramids of Giza were constructed some 4,500 years ago. And the Great Pyramid of Khufu is the only one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world that exists intact today! How the pyramids were constructed is one of Egypt’s biggest mysteries. But the recent identification of a hidden void in the Great Pyramid of Khufu is hoped to give some insight into the illusive pyramids and how they were built!

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1 In Austria/ Europe/ Trip Guide

A Weekend Exploring Salzburg

With huge five-storey square Baroque houses sitting on the meandering Salzach River and a medieval castle towering above the city, strolling the beautiful narrow streets of Salzburg I could feel the city’s opulence and wealth. Salzburg’s culture and history come alive against this picturesque setting, and is only reinforced by being the birthplace Mozart. And the whole scene felt even more perfectly Austrian when I realized the Sound of Music was filmed in and around the area too! Continue Reading →

8 In Europe/ Iceland/ Trip Guide

Iceland: Stunning Hot Springs Off the Beaten Path

Soaking in hot springs is a tradition which dates back to viking times, and an essential part of the Icelandic experience. And while the Blue Lagoon may be the most famous hot spring in Iceland, there are so many other AMAZING and STUNNING spots dotted throughout the country that are worth a visit too. You should probably just go ahead and plan to visit a hot spring a day, every day! I spoke to a few female travel bloggers who shared their favorite tucked away spots to help you get started with your planning – check out the 7 hot springs they recommended below.

Tip: a great resource for finding all of the hot springs and pools throughout Iceland is the website HotPot Iceland. The site shows a photo, write-up and the location of each spot on a giant map of the country.

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25 In Europe/ Iceland/ Trip Guide

An Epic Itinerary for Exploring Iceland by Van

Iceland truly is the land of fire and ice, where roads will take you from white-capped mountains and glaciers to volcanoes and 100-degree (F) hot springs.

There are an infinite amount of things to do and explore in Iceland and in this post I’m sharing some tips and an itinerary to help you get started with your trip planning. I saw Iceland by van and if this is how you plan to travel the country, this article might be particularly helpful for you.

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10 In Europe/ France/ Trip Guide

How to Spend 72 Hours in Paris

The first time I came to Paris I was fresh out of high school and on my first sans parents backpacking trip with my best friend. These were the days before everyone had smart phones, when you had to use calling cards or Internet cafes every few weeks to let family or friends know where you were. Perhaps I’m glorifying these days (a sign of getting older!?), but I remember Paris being absolutely magical!

We took photos underneath the twinkling Eiffel Tower at night (that I’m pretty sure we uploaded to MySpace once we were home), romantically rowed boats at Versailles, and ate all the croissants a girl could ever desire. Many years later I’ve since been back to the City of Light a few times, and it’s always just as magical – with a million more things to see, eat and do around every beautiful Parisian street corner!

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