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Why You Should Travel Slow

Why You Should Travel Slow

There is something meaningful about the saying, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” As a traveler, I am always happy to get to the next destination, but I believe the true excitement happens in the act of getting there. By traveling slowly we can experience the journey instead of just sightseeing. When most people travel, they travel at a fast pace. Trying to see as much as possible in a short amount of time, because, let’s be...

Carnival Viareggio

The Colors of Viareggio Carnival

Viareggio Carnivale! This event is considered the most important Carnival festival in Italy and even in all of Europe. This history of  Carnival in Viareggio stretches all the way back to 1873 when the locals of this seaside town wanted to protest against the rising of taxes. You can see in the photos below how the floats have a political commentary attached to each display as it cruises down the promenade. The air filled with confetti, and the bright colors surrounding me...

Italian Road Trip

Italian Cross-Country Road Trip

A week-long cross-country road trip is something that I have never done and when the opportunity arose I was so excited to hit the road! My partner has an old fashion Volkswagen van that he fixed up and set a mattress in the back, with a small retractable tent harnessed to the top. Itching to get on the road we packed our bags and were off.   Day One Our first destination was a seaside town where a Vans skateboarding...

Panzano

Lovely Panzano

The most interesting and magical place in all of my travels so far was the day I went to Panzano. We drove several miles through the windy vineyards of Chianti Tuscany and at the top of this small hill was a piccolo (little) medieval town. After we parked, walked into the town, and found a beautiful restaurant where we decided to grab a bite to eat before exploring the area. As we sat down outside with a ceiling of wisteria hanging...

Quasi Quasi and Beta Bar

Beta Bar and Quasi Quasi: The Beat-ing Hearts of Valdarno Tuscany

There are all kinds of social spots, hundreds of cafes and thousands of pubs and bars all over the world. Hired servers and bartenders who can make a good drink in exchange for, usually, a pricey payment. This type of experience is easy to find anywhere and, generally, the experience ends there. However, in my travels to Europe, I found a very special place in one of the most unexpected corners of the world. Where the experience of food and...