I arrive by taxi at the tour meeting point — Piazza Santo Spirito — early enough to enjoy exploring the neighborhood, do a little shopping, photograph nearby Palazzo Pitti and enjoy a Coca-Cola Light at Caffe Ricchi. At the appropriate time I head for the fountain in the middle of the piazza. Here I meet Gaia Ancilotti, a cheerful young
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On a tour provided by Palazzo Donati, I set out to visit a small ceramic showroom and workshop in Urbania, an Italian town of just over 7,000 inhabitants in the Le Marche region. A center for handmade ceramics since the 15th century, today there are workshops where you can see artists at work and buy high quality handmade ceramic pieces.
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A cyclo is three-wheeled bicycle taxi popular in Vietnam and, for an afternoon, my transportation around bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). I was with an Exodus Travels tour group — my family for two weeks last summer. Almost the entire group decided to go on the tour. We were going on an adventure with Cyclo City Tour along main thoroughfares
Sometimes it’s good to just take a break
It’s a three hour drive from my home in Henderson, Texas, to the north side of Houston where I had a meeting on a Friday afternoon. I knew I could drive back home on the same day, but I decided to spend the night at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. I wasn’t disappointed with my decision. The Woodlands (the
Anaheim is at the heart of great family vacation fun
Anaheim is the heart of family fun in Southern California, and the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) is right in the center of it all. Because of the concentration of InterContinental Hotels Group hotels in the convention center area, fitting every preference from budget to luxury, the ACC district is a great place to base your stay. Amusement Parks Many Americans first
Singles, couples and families; Miami has something for every visitor
This post is modified from IHG’s Guide to Miami. Miami with its world class beaches, vibrant Latin influences and gorgeous Art Deco architecture is also a great family destination. You’ll find relaxation, trendy nightclubs, amazing cuisine and cutting-edge art galleries as well as fun attractions. Things to See The coastline is a major attraction in Miami with its towering high rise
Jamaican mansion is a hauntingly beautiful destination
Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica first came to my attention when I was going through my ghost-hunting television show phase several years ago. Both Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters International reported on the thought-to-be-haunted house. When I was selecting shore excursions while sailing on the Carnival Breeze, I decided to pay a visit to the plantation myself. Of course
Photo Essay: The Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch, California
Whether you stay a half hour or half day at The Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch, there is something magical about the acres of colorful blossoms overlooking the Pacific Ocean. More than 50 acres feature Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers with smaller flower beds of snapdragons, roses and other colorful blooms. The Southern California fields are a direct result of more
Is Your Child’s Safety Seat Safe?
Ella is an active, happy, playful almost two-year-old, and she knows when it’s time to go to the grocery store, playground or church, she’ll be securely fastened into her car seat before her mom puts the car in gear. Ella has responsible caregivers who provide her with a safety-approved car seat that is properly installed. Proper Installation According to the