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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 ...

Tips for Train Travel in Italy

  Traveling Italy by trains is inexpensive and convenient.  Italy's train system has been said to be unreliable with trains that are constantly late and random rail strikes.  I'm not sure if this reputation is justly earned.  We've been traveling around Italy by train for over 10 years and have only experienced 2 train delays and 2 strikes.  The delays were never more than 10 minutes.  The strikes were inconvenient, but didn't really put a big dent in our travel plans. In my experience ...

5 Things To Do In Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena is a Spanish city in the Murcia Region of Spain.  Located on Mediterranean coast in south eastern Spain, Cartagena is a major naval station. Cartagena was founded by the Carthaginians around 227 BC.  It has been inhabited for over two millennia.  Over its long history it has been inhabited by Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Byzantines, and Moors.  Each culture left their mark on this city so you will see  ancient Roman ruins to art nouveau architecture. Cartagena is a small city ...

6 Things to See & Do In and Around Malaga, Spain

Malaga is a port city in Spain's famed Costa del Sol.  Founded in the 8th. Century BC, Malaga is one of the oldest Mediterranean seaports and one of the oldest cities in the world. Malaga has hosted a variety of civilizations starting with the Phoenicians who founded the first settlement they called Malaka.  It has been ruled by Romans, Arabs, and Christians.  Malaga's checkered past is reflected in the city's landmarks.  In Malaga you'll find the ruins of a Roman Theater, a 10th-century ...

Five Exceptional Adventures For Those Traveling Solo

Beyond The Box The first thing you need to figure out if you’re traveling solo regards your means of travel, and the “when”. It is December the 14th as of this writing. In about three or four days, Holiday commuters will clog roadways, airports, bus stations, and trains—in a lot of places this is happening already. If you don’t plan in advance, you could find yourself in the lurch—here are five holiday traveling tips.   Once you’ve got your travel ironed out, it’s ...

Things to Do in Bari & Quick Train Guide

Bari  located in south eastern Italy, the part we fondly refer to as the heel of the boot, is the second largest city in the region.  It is a port city on the Adriatic Sea and the capital of Italy's Puglia region. To be honest there isn't a whole lot to do in Bari, it's not a major tourist destination.  However it is an ideal base for those who want to explore the Puglia and Basilicata regions.  It's a major train hub with  trains heading to all the interesting places that one will ...

Matera Day Trip- A Step Back in Time

Matera.  Ancient city,  shame of Italy, or hidden gem, which describes Matera best?  The answer, all of the above. Matera is a city and a province in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy; the area we fondly refer to as the heel of the boot. The modern city like any other thriving city is filled with apartment buildings, businesses, and traffic.  But that's not the Matera people come to see.  They travel there to see the Sassi districts, the historical city center whose buildings are ...

Puglia Day Trips – Martina Franca & Alberobello

Puglia or Apulia in Italian, is a region in southern Italy that borders the Adriatic and Ionian Seas on the east and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto on the south.  It's southern most portion of the country known as the Salento Pennisula which forms the "heel of the boot of Italy." Bari  the capital city of the Puglia region  has a population of 1.3 million residing within the city and it's suburbs.  It's a good place to base yourself while exploring the wonderful sites around ...

European Christmas Markets – Awesome Way to Christmas Shop!

Christmas Markets in Europe are street markets associated with the Christmas season.  They generally open in early November and last until the first week of January; and are usually located in the town's main square. Christmas Markets, also known as  Christkindlmarkt, Marché de Noël, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, Christkindlimarkt, and Weihnachtsmarkt orginated in Germany, but are now held many European countries.  Its history dates back to the late Middle Ages in the German ...

Getting Around from the Mykonos Cruise Port

Your on a dream Mediterranean Cruise aboard one of the megaships that sail the seas these days and your ship is headed for Mykonos; what now? I know you're ready to hit the beaches, shops, and restaurants on this wonderful Greek Island.  But first you have to get off the ship and actually get to where you want to go.  Before you can do that you need to determine exactly where your ship is docking or if it's even docking at all. Cruise ships will either dock at the new Mykonos Cruise Port ...