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European Destinations: France, Italy, Malta

The Vatican And Sistine Chapel “All To Yourself” VIP Tour

Do, Europe, Unique Excursions and Tours By April 30, 2020 24 Comments

Imagine roaming the secret rooms of the Vatican’s empty halls and having the Sistine Chapel all to yourself during the bustling Summer months in Rome, Italy! At least that’s how it feels with only about a dozen people touring the entire place, it beats being surrounded by 17,000-25,000 visitors a day, wouldn’t you say? This once in a lifetime experience…

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The Venus of Italy’s Bay of Poets, Portovenere

Destinations, Do, Europe, Unique Excursions and Tours By April 23, 2020 Tags: , , , 20 Comments

Portovenere literally translates into “I bring Venus.” If you like Cinque Terre, the iconic 5 sister villages off the Italian Riviera, you’re going to fall in love with Portovenere. Less than 10 miles away from the “Five Lands” known as Cinque Terre, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Portovenere is the most beautiful- yet often overlooked. Befittingly named after the…

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The Amalfi Coast and Mt. Vesuvius 2 Day Adventure

Destinations, Europe, Unique Excursions and Tours By April 16, 2020 Tags: , , , , 29 Comments

The Amalfi Coast and Mt. Vesuvius are some of the most memorable sites you’ll see in Italy. Amalfi is famous for its colorful towns and hidden coves that attract millions of worldwide visitors a year. People that love to hike are rewarded with spectacular sea views on Mt. Vesuvius. Today’s post is about why these 2 incredible sites should be…

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Paris Cooking Class: Learn How to Make French Macarons!

Eat, Europe, Souvenir Recipes, Unique Excursions and Tours By March 26, 2020 Tags: , , , 30 Comments

PrintRaspberry French MacaronsPrep 1 hour, 30 minsCook 30 minsTotal 1 hour, 60 minsAuthor Chef MartheYield 24 cookies Have time on your hands?  If you and your family are social distancing during this time of national turmoil like we are, you may be looking for ways to be creative and learn a new skill at home. Why not learn to make…

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Monet’s Home and Garden in Giverny, France

Destinations, Do, Europe, Unique Excursions and Tours By March 19, 2020 Tags: , , , 29 Comments

Spring is finally in the air and I can see gardens all around starting to bloom. I can’t think of a more beautiful garden than that created by the one and only Oscar-Claude Monet. We have seen many spectacular gardens around the world, but there’s something special and unique to be present in Monet’s preserved home and garden in Giverny,…

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The Perfect 1 Day Adventure in Capri, Italy. Featuring the Blue Grotto and Monte Solaro

Destinations, Do, Europe, Unique Excursions and Tours By February 13, 2020 23 Comments

It’s Valentine’s week and everyone has a sweetheart in mind. This year, my sweetheart happens to be twins – the comune towns of Capri and Anacapri in Italy. They are essentially the same island but Anacapri is the quieter sister town of Capri. Capri has always been on our bucket list and in 2016 we were able to spend a…

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La Vague d’Or Michelin Restaurant in Saint-Tropez at Cheval Blanc Hotel

Destinations, Europe, Luxury Hotels, Michelin Dining, Stay By January 16, 2020 Tags: , , , 25 Comments

Think Louis Vuitton only makes handbags? The iconic fashion designer has expanded into ultra luxury resorts and hotels! Saint- Tropez, France is one of the most luxurious places in the French Riviera and all of France. The fabulous Pampelonne Beach filmed in a 1950’s movie with actress Brigitte Bardot grabbed the world by attention. It’s since then been a celebrity…

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First Time to Euro Disney? 11 Hot Tips About Disneyland Paris

Destinations, Europe, Unique Excursions and Tours By January 9, 2020 Tags: , 19 Comments

People all over the world LOVE Disney! The magic is everywhere. What better place to add magic than the most romantic place in the world… Paris! Oui oui, mes amis. These 11 tips will let you know what to expect for your first visit ever to Disneyland Paris. Hot Tip 1: Don’t Compare Disneyland Paris to Disney World We lived…

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The Bristol Palace Hotel and Pesto Pasta Cooking Class in Genova, Italy

Destinations, Do, Europe, Luxury Hotels, Stay, Unique Excursions and Tours By December 12, 2019 17 Comments

Is it Genoa or Genova? Either is correct, but in Italian it’s Genova. Genoa is it’s English translation. If you ever visit Genova, Italy, you don’t want to miss a stay at the iconic Bristol Palace Hotel and taking a local pesto cooking course. During our Summer’18 trip to the French and Italian Rivieras, we decided to visit Genova, Italy….

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