Signpost on Hadrian's Wall Walk

The Hadrian's Wall Walk: Our Experience

[NOTE: Portions of this post were originally published in an article I wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer.] Michael and I recently completed the Hadrian's Wall Walk, an 84-mile trail that spans England at its narrowest point. My 60th birthday…
London Christmas lights-above Seven Dials shopping area

London Christmas: Lights & Shopping

The holidays are a magical time in London, Christmas lights are everywhere! They adorn the major shopping areas and London Christmas Markets, making Christmas shopping oodles of fun (even if you don't buy anything 😉). London is one of our…
Tea cup and glass pot at London Tea Exchange
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Best tea shops London

I'm an avowed tea lover, and finding a tea shop in London is always a special treat. The city is great place to shop for tea. Every time I visit, (when I'm not visiting my favorite free things to do in London ),I search out spots were I can…
Enzo Ferrari Italy
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The Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena

Visiting the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena There are two Ferrari museums in Italy, one in Modena and one in Maranello, where the cars are actually built. The Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena is the perfect setting to combine food and auto touring…
Elegant tea in a historic setting at the Grand Cafe
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Where to find the best afternoon tea, Edinburgh

From extravagant high teas to cosy cafes with scones and jam, we explored them all in search of the the best afternoon tea in Edinburgh. Read on for our recommendations. It's no secret that baked goods put us in our "happy place." And if there…
best scones in Edinburgh
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Where to find the best scones in Edinburgh

We went on a quest to find the best scones in Edinburgh, and found them at a charming cafe in the New Town. When you think of a food that defines Edinburgh, scones top the list. Well, some people may think of haggis, but really, the less said…
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Dental tourism: we find affordable dental implants in Romania

His gums duly numbed with painkiller, Michael reclined in the cushioned chair as the dentist loomed overhead with a whirring drill in her hand. Michael was about to start dental implant surgery to replace a broken tooth, a fairly standard procedure,…
JumboStay 747 hostel Stockholm
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Where to stay in Stockholm: Jumbo Stay Arlanda

If you're looking for where to stay in Stockholm, particularly for a Stockholm Arlanda Airport hotel, consider Jumbo Stay Arlanda. It's one of the coolest places we've stayed in our travels. The Jumbo Stay Arlanda is a Stockholm hostel parked…
Best hotels in Bucharest Romania|Where to stay in Bucharest|Accommodation Bucharest
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Guide to the Best Hotels in Bucharest, Romania (apartments too!)

We have spent more than 5 months in Bucharest during multiple visits in the past two years and love the city. Read on for our recommendations for the best hotels in Bucharest, Romania (plus apartments) in all price ranges. If you're planning…
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Book review: London's Hidden Rivers

London is one of our favorite destinations in the world to visit. One of the reasons is that there are so many hidden sights in London that we've never heard of before. But with each visit there's less and less new, or in London's case, old,…
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The time we almost drove off a cliff in Ireland

Driving on a fog-moistened slippery dirt road, perched precariously on the side of a mountain, is not everyone’s notion of the ideal vacation. Nor is it ours either. Yet for some reason here we were doing just that, while driving the Ring…
top free things in London

Top 10 free things in London

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit, with some museums costing over $20 for a ticket. But with a little planning the tourist can find plenty of free things in London that are still outstanding. Note: this…
Palace of Parliament building, Bucharest Romania

The world's heaviest building is in Bucharest

Sometime I select destinations just to see very tall buildings, which has gotten us to places as far flung as Dubai, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur. But in Bucharest, Romania we met up with a unique one: the world’s heaviest building. You…
Street in Como, Italy
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Staying in Lake Como

Lake Como in northern Italy is one of the most gorgeous places in the world; which helps explain why celebrities like actor George Clooney live in villas overlooking its aquamarine waters with the Alps forming a snow-capped backdrop. The lake…
Burlington Arcade beadles

7 rather odd hidden sights in London

London is a fascinating city filled with history. From its official naming in the Roman era to its bustling streets today, the city has always been important to England.. We've already written about free things to do in London, and are now…
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Staying at the Pineda Aparthotel in Bibione, Italy

The Venetian resort town of Bibione is a beautiful destination for a beach getaway. The gold sand beach hugs the crystal clear waters of the upper Adriatic Sea, providing a lush backdrop for a sun and surf vacation. The beach has been awarded…
Lake Bled Slovenia

Visiting Slovenia: A Fairy Tale Come to Life

We arrived by train after dark, but it was our first time visiting Slovenia so despite the late hour we were eager to begin exploring the capital of Ljubljana. Under the luminescent glow of a harvest moon it was only a five minute stroll to…
Transfagarasan Highway
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A twisted drive on the Transfagarasan Highway

Brakes? Check. Map? Check. No fear? Check.  We were about to drive on the  Transfăgărășan Highway, made legendary by the BBC program Top Gear as one of the world’s great road trips. The winding, twisting road carries intrepid…