Author Archives: Craig

Bergamo Italy – A tranquility and joy of life that we should all aspire to

To say that I am enamored with Bergamo is an understatement. There is tranquility, a vibrancy, a friendliness, and a peacefulness in this hilltop town that no one word can adequately describe. Continue reading

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Vienna Austria – The sounds of kindness and warm-heartedness abound

I love Vienna. (Yes, insert the Ultravox classic, if you must!) The city is clean, the people are kind and helpful, the public transport is nearly perfect (the CAT train doesn’t quite run early enough for those early am flights out of Vienna), and the food really coming in to its own. If you haven’t been, you must go. And if you’ve been, please return: it is nearly Europe’s most perfect city! Continue reading

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Yalikavak Turkey – It’s not Bodrum, but a better neighbor

So Yalikavak isn’t in Bodrum. And so it may be a “suburb” albeit a hike away. Don’t hold it against them and go here for further recharging. And if you need a bit of culture, do the trip to Pamukkale: it’s worth your time and a numb butt! Continue reading

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Fethiye Turkey – The perfect place to relax and unwind

I can’t really explain what it was about Fethiye that I loved but I did and I cant wait to return! I hope you enjoy it too! Continue reading

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A college town with an attitude

The mix of English and French, and the desire for independence, makes this a great city with a funky attitude! Continue reading

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Sydney Australia – Beach town in a big city

Not everyone love Sydney, or will, but I suspect that the love/hate relationship will be the same as it is for San Francisco: you either love it or you hate it. So just bite the bullet and go! Continue reading

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The “red city” should be on everyone’s bucket list

Marrakech is divine and a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Like much or Morocco, the people are nice, the food amazing, and the sites just absolutely breathtaking. Continue reading

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Worth the adventure

The blue city, like the red (Marakesh) and the white (Rabat) are places that really must be seen. Continue reading

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Gorgeous islands and lovely people for a wonderful experience

What amazing architecture – and I mean well beyond the stereotypical “Scandinavian minimalism” that you see everywhere – and the people were sweet, kind and helpful. Continue reading

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More than just gorgeous canals

I love Amsterdam. Full stop. The people are amazing and helpful, the food divine, and there is a tranquility about the city that keeps me coming back as often as I can. Continue reading

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the best hotel in the world is in Alghero if you ask me

The cross-cultural aspect between Italy and Spain is really quite cool and unique in this lovely town! Continue reading

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Cala Gonone is THE place to go! Don’t miss it!

So, if you plan to go to Sardegna for a bit of sun and relaxation and aren’t sure where to go, without a doubt, I have to tell you to go to Cala Cogone. It truly is heaven and there is enough to do there to keep yourself occupied and happy for quite some time! Enjoy! Continue reading

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Costa Rei has the charm that Villasmius doesn’t because it’s small and quaint

When you only have so many days to explore, sometimes a little more money is worth the pain to your bank account so you might consider Costa Rei Continue reading

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Lovely town that is probably the most “cosmopolitan” in Sardegna

Cagliari is probably the most metropolitan of the cities on Sardegna. But don’t come here looking for fantastic shopping, an abundance of ruins, or anything else of that nature; it’s the capital, and a port, and that’s it. Continue reading

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Rome, Italy – My home away from home

I will tell anyone who asks: Rome is to me what the sun is to Superman. It is my home, my love, and my return. If you must, take a map but “flying blind” really is part of the fun of Rome: getting lost, finding little cafés, little shops, or just watching people go about their business. Continue reading

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Just a hint of what Ireland has in store

Bring an umbrella and always carry it with you.  That is the best advice anyone can keep in mind when visiting Dublin.  It’s a gorgeous city but the words of a taxi driver hold true: “I can tell you the … Continue reading

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As a stop-over, it’s not that bad

What an interesting place!  This little city on a port really is just a stop-over for other locations on the island.  It’s a shame as the people really are lovely and helpful but there isn’t a whole lot to do … Continue reading

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Sant Tomas a small bit of peace and relaxation

For just a bit of relaxation and solitude, Menorca and Sant Tomas are your place. Unlike Ibiza and Majorca, this is all about the sun and rest. Continue reading

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Barcelona, Spain

I find it difficult to choose between Barcelona and Madrid as my favourite place in Spain. Each offers such different things to enjoy, admire, and fall in love with that I’m not sure if I will ever have a favourite. But for this writing, allow me to wax nostalgically about Barcelona, a true gem of Europe. Continue reading

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Milano – unlike much of Italy but still quintessentially Italian

And with that, I will wish you great travels to a city that I adore and think of as a third home. Buon viaggio! Continue reading

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Ia (Santorini), Greece

Santorini is really a place to relax and enjoy life. You won’t find museums and even venues for music, but you will find outstanding views, meet truly sweet people, and enjoy a relaxation in life that we are rarely allowed to experience. Continue reading

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Venezia, Italy – a place of quiet and intrique around every corner

No place in the world calms me like Venice. There are no cars, no motorini, and not even bicycles… just the sounds of everyday life happening. Continue reading

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Firenze, Italy

Most people fall in love with Florence the first time they visit. For me, it’s taken a while but I am finally starting to see the beauty and energy that is Florence. Continue reading

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Zagreb, Croatia

With 2 full days, you can explore the many wonders of Zagreb and be completely satiated by the time you leave. People watching could add a third day, but the Croatian past-time of window shopping and looking for shoes can make this a bit of a challenge if the truth be told. Continue reading

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a gorgeous place to visit but really is a tourist trap. That’s not saying you shouldn’t go, just understand what you are getting yourself in to before you go and everything will be good and you will have a wonderful experience. Continue reading

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Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal is a fascinating country that, unfortunately, has been hit by the economic crisis resulting in high unemployment and fearful citizens. But don’t let that stop you from going at least once in your life. Continue reading

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Paris, France

walk everywhere. Really. Don’t stop. Just walk and you will see the beauty that is Paris in all it inspired splendor. Continue reading

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Melbourne, Australia

(Updated 03 August 2013) The Australians are truly some of the nicest, most accommodating, and most giving people I have ever met in all of my travels.  Perhaps it’s just that large island in the middle of nowhere that is … Continue reading

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Canakkale, Turkey

Canakkale is really an interesting little village right on the Dardanelles whose major claim to fame is Troy.  As such, Canakkale is pretty much the only place to stay if you want to take a dolmus (really, a public mini … Continue reading

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Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk is an interesting place and one that is hard to recommend to be honest.  If it weren’t for its proximity to Efes (Ephesus), I wouldn’t even recommend it.  But because it is the closest place to stay for Efes, … Continue reading

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