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2012 in Review

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WordPress does an interesting job of compiling mundane facts about blogs on their service. I thought I would share this with my readers just so you know you are not alone! I also feel like maybe you would want to see a re-post of some of my favorite photos of the year, so here goes. They are not in any particular order, […]

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Vatican City, and the Giant Pinecone

This was my second bucket list item in as many days! Today, you say the word Vatican and everyone thinks of the center of the Roman Catholic Church, or some, the center of Christianity itself. Some, such as your ever irreverent travel blogger, think of a place where secrets are guarded in order to not upset the power of the […]

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The Coliseum

Even before I had a bucket list, the Coliseum was on my bucket list. The most iconic symbol of Rome screamed out at me to visit since I was a child. Movies with gladiators and other bloody events taking place in front of the emperor and thousands of Romans made me commit to see the place. I was not disappointed. […]

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Rome on $500 a Day

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We left Umbria after 6 days of wonderful tours, meals, making new friends and never reaching for our wallet all courtesy of the Umbrian tourism authority and Travel Bloggers Unite. We took a nice train ride of about 2 hours into Rome’s central train station. I got off the train and desperately needed to relive myself of that morning’s espresso […]

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Streets and Doors in Umbria

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This is a simple photo essay. The photos were all taken in medieval towns in Umbria. 

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Medieval Arts and Crafts

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Between winery stops I am going to tell you about a visit to another medieval town. Umbria has these beautiful little towns on hilltops wherever you go. They are just far enough apart that one can imagine a person living in the 15th century in Assisi or Bevagna for their entire life and never traveling to the other. I would […]

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Beyond Assisi, Winery Tour Stop 1

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The bloggers conference was over. I did not mention meeting Steve McCurry, maybe the best travel photog on the planet. Now the Umbria Tourist board treated us to one of six 2 ½ day tours around Umbria. We choose the wine and crafts tour. Others chose the chocolate tour or the adventure tour with white water rafting. Umbria has many […]

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Assisi’s Best Hospitality

If you are ever lucky enough to get to Assisi, do yourself a favor and stay at San Crispino. In fact if you are ever in Italy, go to Assisi so you can stay at San Crispino. Take this all the way and just plan a trip to Italy specifically to stay at San Crispino. Honestly, I liked it that […]

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Travel Bloggers Unite in Umbria!

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I do not know where to start about my last ten days in Italy, so I guess I’ll start at the start. Back in December ’11 I ran across a website called Travel Bloggers Unite. Dyslexic as I am I thought it said Travel Bloggers Untie, so I perused it. Oliver, the head honcho (maybe the sole honcho) at TBU […]

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