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Children’s Cooking Class In Italy

Italy is a great place for a family vacation.  There is so much to see and do, and Italians love kids!  That's why the towns are filled with parks, amusement centers, and other venues that are very family friendly.  Of course a trip to Italy would require visits to museums and churches, but when you've go kids you've got to add in some fun kid friendly activities.  What better way to add a bit of hands on fun than a children's cooking class!aLast week my grandson Jett and I spent half a day ...

Bolzano -Italian Alps or Dolomites? – Winter or Summer?

You might as well admit it.  When you think Italy you probably don't think of tall snow capped mountains, skiing, or other winter sports, right?  Well you should.  Italy has some fine winter resort towns complete with ski runs, awesome mountain views, clear mountain lakes, and fresh Alpine air.  One of those towns is Bolzano, or Bozen in German. Where you may ask is Bolzano.  It's the largest city in northern Italy's province of Sudtirol or South Tryol.  Now is that part of the Italian ...

Noventa Di Piave Designer Outlet

I bet when you think Venice the last thing on your mind is an outlet mall.  And why should it be?  I mean you're not going to Venice to go shopping at an outlet mall right?  Well if you're a fashion lover and love discounts the Noventa Di Piave Designer Outlet should be on your Venice to do list! Most fashionistas and just about anyone else knows that Italy is one of the world's fashion hubs.  After all it's home to Versace, Dolce & Gabana, Fendi, La Perla, Cosabella, Cavalli, Prada,  ...

Smart Ways to Fund Your Family Trip

43% of Americans don’t take a vacation largely due to the cost according to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Travels bring us joy, reinforce family bonds and helps us get away from the daily grind. Although holidays are a time to relax, they are undoubtedly expensive. Fortunately, you can still visit your dream destination even on a tight budget. Here are some tips to help you raise money for the trip.     *Cut Back on Costs* There are many ...

Sottomarina – A Venetian Beach Holiday

I bet when you hear Venice the last thing you'd associate with it would be the beach.  I know, when you think Venice you picture  San Marco, Murano Glass, Museums, Operas, Carnivale, and possibly even pigeons.   And I don't blame you!  Venice is all those things and more.  But what many foreign tourists don't realize is that Venice has beaches too.  I do not mean dip your toes in the Venetian lagoons, yuck!  (Seriously don't do that!) But think about it, Venice is surrounded by water, ...

Gardaland – An Italian Amusement Park

Located in the outskirts of Verona in the Veneto region of North-Eastern Italy is Gardaland Resort , an amusement park complex adjacent to Lake Garda. First opened on July 9, 1975 Gardaland Resort has grown and now is composed of Gardaland Park, Sea Life Aquarium, Gardaland Hotel, and Gardaland Adventure Hotel.  The hotels offer themed rooms such as the Prezzemolo room, pirate and princess rooms, and more. Although it's adjacent to Lake Garda the Amusement parks and hotels don't face the ...

Verona – Day Trip or Destination?

Verona is a city on the Adige River in Italy's Veneto region.  It is one of the seven provincial capitals of the region, and the 3rd. largest city in northeast Italy. The origins of Verona remains a mystery.  One theory is that due to the geographical position of the city, it was a key stop for people  traveling along the Via Claudia Augusta from Eastern Gaul across the Alps then onto to Rome.  The theory supposes that Verona is short for Versus Romae which means "In the direction of ...

Exploring the Venetian Lagoon – Murano and Burano

Venice, a city in northwestern Italy's Veneto region.  It's situated across 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.  It's a city of mystery, romance, culture, art, and so much more.  Not all of its islands are linked to the Venetian "mainland" by bridges, there are many islands including Murano and Burano that due to their distance are linked only by watercraft. Venice is one of our favorite cities.  We try to get there at least once a year.  So of course we've done ...

MSC Lirica Review – Would I Sail Her Again?

My husband recently declared that the test of a good cruise line is if you'd sail them again.  He said this as soon as we boarded the MSC Lirica for our very first MSC cruise. We are avid cruises and have been for many years.  We've sailed with pretty much all the major cruise lines that cater to the US market including Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and NCL.  But this was our first cruise aboard an MSC ship which caters mostly to the European market. Before I answer the all ...

Packing for Your Ocean Crossing Cruise

You've decided to try a Transatlantic or Transpacific cruise, and have actually booked it.  Yay!  Now let's talk about packing for your ocean crossing. It doesn't take rocket science when packing for your ocean crossing, but there are some things you might forget to bring.  So here's a list of things you should consider packing for your ocean crossing cruise. Reading Material Don't rely on the ship's library, they're pickings a usually slim and are even slimmer during ocean ...