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Cabins of the Smoky Mountains

Discovering Nova Scotia Food and Wine

"Dinner at Le Caveau - Grilled Nova Scotia Sea Scallops with prosciutto, Sweet Potato Gnudi"

From the land and the sea, Nova Scotia is a treasure chest of epicurean bounty. For me, that bounty included several first-time experiences and a few surprises. I didn't know very much about Nova Scotia food and wine prior to my visit which made the prospect of my culinary road trip all the more exciting. I was eager to broaden my horizons with new seafood experiences and discover the province’s quickly-growing wine industry. Since Nova … [Read more...]

22 “Slash” Bus or “Take the White Bus” or “Infopoint” –Bari to Dubrovnik!!

Destination: Dubrovnik

Bari, Italy is a sleepy, small seaside town, which seems only relevant to get ferry passengers to Greece, Croatia, or Albania. But that’s how it seems on paper and the Roma Termini train station. Really, it’s slightly more complicated than that. I suppose the wonder of travel and the fun of it begins when your expectations don’t quite meet the reality. And navigating through that actuality & confusion is the delight, even though it may not … [Read more...]

5 Top European Adventures You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

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There are certainly the go to and much loved destinations in Europe. Cities such as London, Paris and Rome quickly come to mind. However, the focus of this list is to highlight some lesser known European locations and adventures. Have you experienced any of these or been to these locations? Suggest some of your favorites: leave comments below. For experiences similar to the ones mentioned below, Contiki Tours (age 18-35) offers a number of … [Read more...]

5 romantic things to do in New York


At first New York City might not seem one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world because it's full of tourists and teenagers trying to take photos in Times Square. However, the atmosphere of this beautiful American metropolis can put your head above the clouds. No matter what kind of couple you are in, you'll find something romantic for you in New York. Check out this list of my top picks for a romantic date in the city that never … [Read more...]

The Florida Keys: Funky, Fantastic, and Fun (as in, “Lots of”)


Remember when you were a kid and the carnival would come to town, and there would be one great ride after another, gooey kid foods, a happy crowd and a sense of being somewhere special? The Florida Keys are like that—but with better rides (things to see and do) and definitely better food. I recently spent five days in the Keys, and packed in a whirlwind of sightseeing goodness (and packed in sumptuous plates full of fabulous food). Top to … [Read more...]

Looking for Sunshine in Lithuania

The Trakai Island Castle

With my brother and my friend looking to escape the miserable weather we've had all week (they are flying down to Greece in a few days) we opted for a trip together to the countryside before we parted ways. Today we visited Trakai, a prominent and historical Lithuanian Castle located on an island. Spotting an empty boat sitting near the drawbridge to the castle on the water's edge we walked on board. There were no guests but rather three crew … [Read more...]