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Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake

My parents have a house on Lake Ontario. Literally – the ‘front yard’ is the massive body of water. This part of western New York is mostly farm land. It takes 20 minutes by car to get anywhere ...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Things To Do: Bath

Bath, in the Somerset County of the United Kingdom, is known for being home to Britain’s original and only natural thermal spa.  For which thanks should be given to the Romans.  In the first c...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

What You Need to Know About the Schengen Area

Part of my job this year is researching how my husband and I will accomplish the impossible.  An extended-stay European trip.  We aren’t students.  We don’t have support [in visa form] from a c...
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Rome Street Art: An Enthusiast’s Recap & Gallery

309.85 miles is the amount I walked during my 3 month stay in Italy.  This may not sound so impressive; it’s roughly 3.5 miles a day.  But I work from home.  I don’t get out much during the wee...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Talking Statues of Rome: A Congregation of Wits

In Rome, ancient statues are a dime a dozen.  Actually, every city I visited in Italy had its fair share of marble and bronze Roman Emperors and Gods; enough representation to satisfy the Christians ...
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Explore the City with Free Bike Tours Rome

You’re visiting Roma and want to get outside and explore the city.  You could join a conventional tour, but you’re looking for a budget friendly option.  You could walk, but you were hoping for ...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Museo della Storia di Bologna: Questionable Exhibit

Street artist, BLU, is native to the suburbs of Bologna.  He’s placed murals all around the globe – some of which I’ve been fortunate to admire first-hand [Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Roma, Lisboa ...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Art in Florence: It’s not all about the Renaissance

If you’ve been doing any research on visiting Italy – the Birthplace of the Renaissance – you’ll undoubtedly come across many articles touting the extraordinary collections of Art in Florence....
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Take the Opportunity to Discover Malta

I recently had the opportunity to discover Malta – officially the Republic of Malta.  It’s an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea; almost halfway between the Italian peninsula and Africa and ju...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Traditional vs Contemporary Art in Naples

Most Art in Naples – or Napoli – is old.  Early settlements date back to the 2nd Millennium BC; the middle Bronze Age [that’s anywhere from 1900 – 1000 BC or so I’ve read on Wikipedia].  ...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Roccaraso: Secret Skiing in Italy

The weekend of my birthday trendy millennials amassed in Chamonix, France for something called The Ski Week.  A week long, let’s call it a festival, where you ski all day and then enjoy epic après...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Budget Travel Italy: Naples Edition

During an extended stay in Italy, you should plan to get the most out of cheap rail and air tickets.  I was fortunate enough to spend three months stationed in Roma.  I reserved some weekends for R...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Rochester Street Art Project: Wall Therapy

Most of the mural art projects taking way around the globe rely on community intervention and focus on bringing attention to underdeveloped or depressed areas.  There’s a feel good social aspec...
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Budget Travel: Sonoma Valley Wine Region

When you think about wine production in the US you most definitely think California.  First vines were planted by the Spanish in the 18th century and the industry steadily grew until the introduction...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Pittsburgh: 44 Hours in the Burgh

Turns out Pittsburgh [the Burgh, PGH, Steel-City, or as my mom likes to remind me ‘The City of Bridges’] is only 4 hours from my home-town, Baltimore… if you drive fast, take chances.  The husb...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Backpacking Azores: Flores Edition

Flores is the western most island in the Azorean chain.  It actually lies on the American continental shelf – this practically makes it just like home for US folks.  I was told Flores is the most ...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Inspiration needed to Visit: Azores Islands

As far as European travel destinations go, the Azores Islands probably aren’t high on your list.  That’s if you’re even aware of this archipelago made up of 9 volcanic islands in the mid...
Niagara Wine Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake | Meredith

Atlanta Street Art Project: Living Walls

Many cities are becoming increasingly supportive of ‘urban art‘ and are playing host to global artists through curated projects.  The Atlanta Street Art scene is one such example. ...