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Vatican Trip Report Part 1

Vatican Trip Report Part 1

Vatican is the world’s smallest country, an absolute monarchy and the spiritual center of one the world’s one billion Catholics. Whether you are a devout Catholic, a non-Christian believer, an atheist, an agnostic or you simply don’t care; you will still be impressed by it. It will surround you with a truly Babylonian mix of languages and races, slow you down with mile long lines, crash you with heat, overwhelm you with dozens of priceless and world famous works of…

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Traverse City, MI

Traverse City, MI

I am back! Sorry there were no posts for a while. Things got busy at work and then I was away for a long weekend in Traverse City, MI. It is time to report back on the trip. In case you are not familiar with Michigan in general and Traverse City in particular, here is where we went: As you can see, it is pretty far north  on the lower peninsular. However, if you zoom out on the map and…

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Cyprus

Cyprus

I have some very exciting trips coming up in the next 9 months and, if you know me, you know I like to plan things and not leave much to chance. As I am going through guide books, blogs and reviews, I realize that there are three types of destinations on my list. Some of the places I am going to are brand new to me: Mauritius and Malta; some I have been to but cannot claim to know very…

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Trip report – Ireland (part 2)

Trip report – Ireland (part 2)

This is part two of the Ireland travel report. Part 1 can be found here. A related two-part trip report from the Isle of Man can be found here and here. On the third morning of our stay in Ireland, we finally woke up rested and headed to Dublin railway station to catch our train to Cork.   Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and is situated on the river Lee that divides it into…

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Trip report – Ireland

Trip report – Ireland

Our trip to Dublin started in Chicago’s Ohare, which is seldomly pleasant but was made somewhat better by our ability to access the Air France lounge using my Priority Pass membership. I have plans to write a post on different ways to access airport lounges but if this is something you want to know sooner rather than later, please leave me a comment below. We flew Aer Lingus, one of two major airlines operating out of the Republic of Ireland….

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Trip report – the Isle of Man (part 2)

Trip report – the Isle of Man (part 2)

Day 2 We had a lot of plans for day 2 and were a little bit disappointed that the weather was rainy and gloomy. We did not want to let this spoil the trip and decided to stick to our initial plan. This turned out to be a smart decision, since the weather improved quickly and the sun was shining by midday. Our first stop was the electric railway (or tram) depot, where we caught a train to the Snaefell…

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Flight deals to China

Flight deals to China

Good morning! There some unusually low fares ($550-600 return) available for flights to China this autumn and some dates in summer. You can even choose between several airlines. Departing airports: most major airport in the US. Destination: Beijing and Shanghai. The easiest way to find these deals is on Google flights. Once you find a date that works for you, scroll down to select the site this deal is available from.

Trip report – the Isle of Man

Trip report – the Isle of Man

One of the most difficult things about travel for me is deciding where to go. The list of places I want to visit is endless, plus there are many I want to go back to regularly. This is why we always try to visit several countries in one trip. Once I cross the Atlantic, spend all that time on a plane, I feel like staying in just one place is not enough. When we were planning a trip to Ireland…

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Crossing the Atlantic – what are your options?

Crossing the Atlantic – what are your options?

As promised in my very first post, I want to take a closer look at what options exist for someone who wants to travel between Europe and the US. You are probably very much familiar with the airlines that fly from your local airport but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Last couple of years saw an explosion of new airlines and new routes. You can potentially save a lot of money by flying from a nearby airport…

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Emilia Romagna and why it should be on everyone’s Italian itinerary

Emilia Romagna and why it should be on everyone’s Italian itinerary

It is said that when Italians are asked about where to eat the best food, they all agree it is their mother’s house. Many also agree that Emilia Romagna, a north Italian region sandwiched between Milan, Florence, Venice and the Adriatic sea, is the second best option.     Even if you know very little about Italian geography or history, you have probably heard of and, more importantly, tasted prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham), Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan), aceto balsamico tradizionale…

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