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Deep into the Secret Lair of Siena’s Contrade System

The Palio – Tensions in the crowd grow wild as one by one the horses appear with their barebacked jockeys on the track and take to the line. The church has already blessed these horses and their riders prior to their arrival.  It is the peak of the social calendar, a horserace that completes 3 laps around …

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Riding a Longtail to James Bond Island, Thailand

  I had been waiting for this day to come and now here it is my 50th Birthday. Stepping into the color-worn, long-tail boat (Ruea Hang Yao (เรือหางยาว)), I knew this was a trip of a lifetime and today was my lucky day. My milestone birthday had arrived and I needed something BIG to make …

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The Magnificent Masselina Estate in Emila-Romagna

I had a wonderful opportunity to visit a winery while on my visit to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It still amazes me that a woman, Ruenza Santandrea, is the “Presidente” of Gruppo Cevico vini Romagnoli, the company that owns this winery in the area of Castel Bolognese called Tenuta Masselina. And soon I will …

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Canada’s Prettiest Little Town: Niagara-On-The-Lake

Here is another one of those secret gems I have learned about on my travels: Niagara on the Lake is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets! If you are planning a visit to Niagara Falls, it is well worth journeying the extra 20 minutes beyond the stunning waterfalls to visit this charming town of Niagara on the …

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The Clarion Collection in Bergen, Norway: Elegance Refined

The Clarion Collection in Bergen, Norway As soon as I walked in the door and saw the eclectic purple furniture with the flowing Calla Lillies, I knew I was going to like this place. Between the purple leather sofa, the tall, purple, and silver chairs, and the chandelier, it was a hip joint. The decor …

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The Distillery Historic District, Toronto, Canada

By Cacinda Maloney The shock thundered through him like cold blood running across the floor, he couldn’t believe it, as he heard the terrible news.  She is gone.  The grief overtook him, so much so, that he climbed up in the tower and jumped from the company well.  He was Mr. Worts, a successful merchant …

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My Karma Travel with Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany Karma Travel: I believe in karma.  Not in an Indian religious sense, although they have a good concept:  any “action” or “deed” causes the cycle of cause and effect to occur.  It seems that whatever I give to the universe, it usually gives it back to me in one way or another! This lesson comes …

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Get the Scoop on the Best Gelato in all of Rome!

Gelato in Rome Looking for the Best Gelato in Rome! We headed down Via dei Coronari knowing it was around here somewhere.  We had been here before and knew we had to find it again. We were somewhere near Piazza Navona when we ended up finding it tucked in an alleyway beside a  stone stairway with a secret-like …

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