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Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy: Absolutely Splendid!

We started our way down a long and windy outdoor walking path.  Not even realizing what we would find at the end. We had hopped off the bus from Santa Margherita and found the walking path to Portofino and then up to Hotel Splendido.  Hotel Splendido is on a hillside overlooking the picturesque harbor of Portofino with …

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Cistern Istanbul

Cistern Istanbul Cistern Istanbul is an extraordinary subterranean structure, built by Justinian in 532 AD. It is the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul City. Apparently, there are several cisterns in Istanbul. It is now one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. It is especially popular during the summer when its cavernous depths stay …

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Edvard Munch ‘The Scream’ – Story Behind the Famous Art Piece

Edvard Munch is Norway’s most beloved artist. He is most famous for four versions of a composition created as both painting and pastel called The Scream (Norwegian: Skrik). He created these pieces of art between 1893 and 1910 on cardboard. Each piece features a hairless figure with an antagonizing expression standing on a bridge beneath a blazing orange …

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Getting Started for Beginners 101 (Part 4)

Post #1:  Getting Started for Beginners 101 (Part 1). Post #2:  Getting Started for Beginners 101 (Part 2),  Post #3: Getting Started for Beginners 101 (Part 3), Now Post #4 Getting Started for Beginners 101:  Get one of my favorite travel credit cards to start: To start with, if you don’t want to churn credit …

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How traveling has changed my views about materialism and possessions

OK, I will admit it, I was pretty crazed about the latest and greatest things I could get my hands on.  There was a time when I went crazy furnishing my house, having the walls faux painted by a professional artist, to get my house on the inside, to look like those houses in San …

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Barcelona, Spain: Sweet and Salty at La Boqueria

Tour of La Boqueria Barcelona: Sweet and Salty The tour I took in Barcelona was called:  Farm to Fork, La Boqueria Barcelona, and Beyond. It began at the intersection of Carrer de la Boqueria and La Rambla, which was founded in the 12th century, making it one of Europe’s oldest markets. La Boqueria Barcelona If …

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Spain’s Brave Coast: Seaside L’Estartit

By Cacinda Maloney If you are following along in my series on Costa Brava, Spain: Post #1: Costa Brava, Spain’s Northeast Coast: Getting There Post #2:  Diamonds are a girl’s best friend:  Girona, Spain This is post #3: So, you want to go to Spain’s Brave Coast? Seaside L’Estartit Costa Brava, literally, the “Brave Coast” …

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