Wanderlust Journey

Wanderlust Journey

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New Rome Hotel Tax

January 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on New Rome Hotel Tax

As a part of the austerity measures in Europe, the Italian government has cut funding to Italian cities. This cut has led the city of Rome to institute a new hotel tax of €3 per person per night at four and five star hotels, €2 for lower categories with children exempt from the new tax. […]

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The 31 Places to Go in 2010 by New York Times

January 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on The 31 Places to Go in 2010 by New York Times

Earlier this month, The New York Times published a list of thirty one places you should try to visit in 2010. Along with the listing of places, they devote several paragraphs to each, explaining why it would be a great destination and any recent changes that might pique your interest. For example, the 29th location, […]

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First Slice of Pizza in Italy

January 6th, 2010 · 4 Comments

You know what I love the most about eating food in another country? It’s not that you get to taste the most authentic and delicious of food, you certainly do, but it’s the fact that you don’t have anything specific to do afterwards. There’s no rush to get the bill after you’ve eaten, there’s no […]

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What Does Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Mean?

September 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on What Does Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Mean?

While we were in Cinque Terre, we wanted to buy some food related souvenirs for friends and family. Cinque Terre is known for, among other things, olive oil. At one store, whose name escapes me, we asked the owner what her favorite bottle was. She took us over to the olive oil shelf and started […]

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Relaxing on the Beach at Monterosso al Mare

September 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

After our somewhat epic hike between Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare, and after a couple slices (well, a couple pies), we did something we longed for while we were on the trail itself – we hit the beach. The interesting thing about the beach, at least the section beside the train station, is that they […]

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Exploring Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

August 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Exploring Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

After a late lunch, we decided it was best to take advantage of our time so we hopped on a train to Riomaggiore, the southeastern-most village in Cinque Terre. Riomaggiore Riomaggiore is even smaller than Vernazza. Once you get off the train, you walk through a mosaic-walled tunnel to the town. From there, you have […]

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Arriving in Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

August 26th, 2009 · 37 Comments

From Montreux, we took a six hour train down to Vernazza, by way of Milan, to spend the next day and a half (two nights) in an area known as Cinque Terre, or “five villages.” Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage site (#826), with the region known for anchovies, pesto, and, of course, olive […]

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Europe Adventure 2009

July 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In mid-July of 2009, my wife Martha and I (Jim) embarked on a nearly four week vacation in Europe. She was going to start her doctorate in the fall, which is a four to five year commitment, so we felt that this summer was our best opportunity to take a vacation like this one. Our […]

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