A Day in Tuscany: Organic Winery and Local Food at Il Vecchio Maneggio

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I’m taking you along on my adventure through Tuscany, a place famous for its picture-perfect landscapes and deep history. But there’s a twist โ€“ we’re going eco-friendly. We’ll also see why their food and wine just taste different (in a good way!) and learn why picking organic and local stuff isn’t just a trendโ€”it’s a choice that’s better for us and the planet. Spending the day at Il Vecchio Maneggio is more than just eating and drinking; it’s about making decisions that help keep our earth healthy.

Spring Fun in Italy: A Birthday to Remember

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Today is my birthday and I am spending ot and the month of March in Italy. Spring in Italy has been full of surprises. Despite my initial concerns about the cold potentially spoiling the enjoyment of Italy’s famous natural beauty, my worries were unfounded. The weather is unexpectedly warm, a pleasant surprise that probably points to global warming. The heavy coat I brought, expecting to shield against the chill, has become my personal sauna.

Public Transportation in Italy: Trains, Buses, and Taxis

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I am hanging out in Italy for a month. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my international driver’s license before going to Italy, so now I can’t drive here. This will require me to use buses, trains, and other public transport to get around. I’m not hating it, it’s been awhile since I’ve driven in Europe. While it’s a handy way to travel, there are a few things I’ve had to figure out to make it easier and cheaper a bit of know-how. Here’s a concise guide to making the most of your public transportation experience in Rome, Florence, Formia, and Naples Italy.

Discover Spains’s Authentic Flamenco: Go Beyond Touristy Spots

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If you can see a flamenco show in Southern Spain, opt for one outside the touristy areas; you’ll thank me later. Your best bet is to follow the locals; they know where you’ll get an authentic show. Flamenco is not merely a performance for tourists but is deeply ingrained in Spanish culture. For me, Flamenco in Southern Spain isn’t just about the music and dance…

My First Attempt at Making Arancini at Home

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Italian cuisine holds a special place in my heart, especially for its rich flavors, vibrant history, and the comfort it brings to any dining table. Among the vast array of Italian snacks, arancini have always been my favorite. These crispy, golden rice balls filled with savory meat sauce are a testament to Italy’s culinary ingenuity.

ATV in Mijas: Andalusian Thrills at AvenTouralia Tours

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I was really excited when I planned to visit my daughter Ashley in Italy, where she’s been living for a year. She’s caught the travel bug just like her mother. So, when I told her I was coming, she surprised me by planning a secret trip to either Spain, Greece, or Montenegro for a long weekend. She booked our flights and hotel but kept the destination a secret. She even joked about walking me to our gate blindfolded! This post is all about how we ended up in Malaga, Spain, for an unexpected and amazing 4-day adventure.

Holi Festival: Celebrating the Spirit in Spanish Fork, Utah

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A couple of years ago, an intriguing advertisement by the Indian Tourist Association urged Americans to immerse themselves in the original festival of colors right in the heart of India. However, the stunning visuals capturing the essence of Holi were from a different location than West Bengal but surprising from Spanish Fork, Utah.

Surprise Surprise: Our Mother-Daughter Escape to Spain

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My daughter Ashley planned a secret trip for us to Spain, Greece, or Montenegro! She booked flights and hotels without telling me the destination. We ended up in Malaga, Spain, for an unforgettable 4-day adventure! You won’t believe what happened!