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Europe 2013- Day 15- Italy- Classical Italy

Europe 2013- Day 15- Italy- Classical Italy

Visiting Florence, Pisa and the Cinque Terre in one day highlights all Italy has to offer.

Photo Essay- Florence at Night

Photo Essay- Florence at Night

Exhausted from a number of consecutive long days, I entered Florence on fumes. I’d been to Florence twice, in 1997 & 1998, and it hadn’t been my favorite city on either visit. I ended up having a lovely evening strolling around the city’s ancient center, with it’s impressive Reniassance-era Duomo and gothic Palazzo Vecchio. The outdoor […]

Europe 2013- Day 14- San Marino- The Oldest Republic

Europe 2013- Day 14- San Marino- The Oldest Republic

It was another early morning train that took me from Venice to the Adriatic seaside town of Rimini. I wasn’t there for the sea and it’s beaches, however. Rimini was the jumping off point to San Marino, the landlocked enclave that claims to be the oldest republic in the world. I’d been traveling the past […]

Photo Essay- A Venetian Stroll

Photo Essay- A Venetian Stroll

These are pictures I took while on a casual stroll around Venice on the afternoon of my one day visit in 2013.

Europe 2013- Italy- Day 13- Singular Venice

Europe 2013- Italy- Day 13- Singular Venice

I felt like Venice was an absolute necessity on this European itinerary.

2016 Trips by the Numbers

2016 Trips by the Numbers

Since I’m done travelling for the year, and I haven’t written a new blog post since April, so I figure it’s probably time to summarize this year’s travels. My travels weren’t like most years, with one big trip, but I ended up squeezing in more days of traveling than I thought on my two two […]

West 2015, The Itinerary, Part 7

West 2015, The Itinerary, Part 7

I entered the last week of my trip with a few factors working against me. First, I’d been on the road three weeks, and that’s a long time to be away from home, even for a seasoned traveler like me. Secondly, the extreme heat of the previous two days (124 F & 117 F) were […]

West 2015- The Itinerary Part 6

West 2015- The Itinerary Part 6

I left Los Angeles heading eastward for home for the first time in three weeks. My first stop was one of the National Park System’s newest parks, Caesar Chavez National Monument. Chavez is recognized as the founder of the United Farm Workers of America, the first labor movement for Latinos, which later became a voice […]

West 2015- The Itinerary, Part 5

West 2015- The Itinerary, Part 5

After finding lots of great beer but not enough sun during my five days in San Diego, I headed north under a bright, sunny sky. My first stop was about an hour south of Los Angeles- the historic mission of San Juan Capistrano. The mission was built by the Spanish in the mid 1770s and served […]

San Diego Microbreweries I Visited

San Diego Microbreweries I Visited

San Diego has an amazing microbrewery scene, with over 120 breweries in the county alone. When I started planning my trip to the American West, I allotted 4 days in San Diego, predominantly to visit the many well-reputed breweries that call the city home. As it turned out, I arrived in San Diego early, which […]

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