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10 Things I Love About My Beautiful Bride

My beautiful bride is more important than anything, so excuse me for taking a break from Europe. I'm in California now, and I'm getting married tomorrow. I've been thinking a lot about what makes Ash the woman I fell madly in love with. I list ten things, but I could list a thousand more. 1. [...]
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Matera Travel Guide (What To Do, Where To Eat, Where To Stay)

Matera was not long ago considered the shame of Italy. People lived in caves with livestock and dressed in raggedy clothing. The main source for drinking was rainwater and melted snow. Seven decades later Matera earned the 2019 European Capital of Culture. What an amazing turnaround. The history of Matera extends back to the Paleolithic period. [...]
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Which Is The Best SMALL Country In Europe To Visit?

The Small Country Phenomenon I remember years ago perusing a small country list of Europe. I was a country hoarder at the time, counting my happiness by number of borders crossed. Discovering the small country phenomenon sent me into planning mode. Here was a way to quickly stockpile my list! Or so I thought. In [...]
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Cologne – Great Weekend Destination In Germany

Cologne is an easily overlooked city. Visitors to Germany prefer either the clubbing and history of Berlin or the beers of Bavaria. This Western part of Germany has a more progressive vibe than those cities. Cologne is also geographically situated nearby Netherlands and Belgium, making a long weekend of seeing three countries a distinct possibility. [...]
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Ebola Travel Risk – Sorting Fact From Fiction

Ebola is the new scary word. Images of gushing blood and doctors in hooded plastic suits fill your mind. The word has infected North American pop culture and journalists darken their tone when speaking of it. Is this all just hype? Yes and no. Ebola causes severe illness, but any doomsday scenarios sparking global panic are over [...]
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Exploring The Military And War History In Molise, Italy

What if your native country had dark moments in its military history? Germany is the obvious example, yet Berlin clearly declares this with their many World War II museums. Granted it would be difficult to not address such an infamous example of evil. What about Italy? Under Mussolini the Italians aligned with Nazi Germany. Towards [...]
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12 Traveler Personalities – Which Are You?

Most of my excursions have been solo travel, but over the years I've had the privilege of wandering with some great people. Different people mean different personalities, and some are compatible, others not. I've listed the various personalities I've dealt with. These categories aren't mutually exclusive, as one can relate with many. So...where do you [...]
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11 Cities In Europe You Can Skip

I wrote a blog that will piss some people off, but honesty is the best policy when it comes to travel advice. I've listed cities that, if I won a free trip to, I would probably still visit while hiding my disdain. I live in Europe and love it here, so I would literally travel [...]
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12 European Trip Ideas – One For Each Month

Timing is everything. People often ask the question, when should you go somewhere? Travel books tell you the 'must-see' time for every European city is anytime between May and September. The truth is, not everyone gets to travel those months. People visit Europe during off-peak times for many reasons...e.g. job, school, family situation, etc. I've [...]
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6 Cheap AND Nice Cities In Europe

I've been posting a lot on Quora lately, the social media forum that acts as a question/answer repository for any topic you can think of. Frequently, prospective travelers are trying to save money, particularly in expensive regions like Europe. I thought I'd address this by suggesting value cities that meet two key criteria - cheap [...]
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9 Reasons To Live In An Italian Village

“There you'll find the place I love most in the world. The place where I grew thin from dreaming. My village, rising from the plain. Shaded with trees and leaves like a piggy bank filled with memories. You'll see why a person would want to live there forever. Dawn, morning, mid-day, night: all the same, [...]
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5 Off-Beat Attractions In Rome

When you think of Rome, you think ruins and religion. Most visitors stick to the standard list of attractions on their first trip to Rome, but what about the second or third? People can remain on the beaten path, and risk the typical sights losing their shine. If you experience certain symptoms - e.g. cursing [...]
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