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The World’s Best Small Museums

The World’s Best Small Museums

Major cities around the world boast renowned centers of art – New York’s Metropolitan Museum and MOMA, Paris’ Louvre, Madrid’s Prado – which are must visits for many travelers. But smaller museums can be just as worthy of a visit, often providing a more concise overview of a period or artist. They are also great […]

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

What surprised me most about Siem Reap, Cambodia was not the grandeur and sophistication of the temple complexes. Walking among the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, I was struck by the overriding presence of the ‘feminine’. Carved into every wall of this vast complex are the images of […]

Passage to Cuba

Passage to Cuba

All images copyright Cynthia Carris Alonso. Passage to Cuba is available at Amazon.com and bookstores everywhere.

Best Countries to Visit on a Stronger Dollar

Best Countries to Visit on a Stronger Dollar

With the dollar hitting highs not seen in over a decade against the Euro and the currencies of many other popular destinations, here are the eight best place to visit to take advantage of the strong dollar plus two places that just don’t measure up. The Euro Zone The ongoing problems with southern Eurozone countries, […]

Eating Through Austin Texas

Eating Through Austin Texas

The state capital of Texas, Austin is also culinary ground zero for delicious barbecue, Tex-Mex, food trucks, even pizza. Whether you hit the city for SXSW (South by Southwest), the University of Texas or as the gateway to Hill Country, you won’t lack for great dining options. Barbecue Texas barbecue may revolve around world famous […]

Paris Dining & The Rise of the Bistronomie

Paris Dining & The Rise of the Bistronomie

In the past few years, a new breed of chef has brought influences from around the world and a hyper-seasonal touch to French cooking with a wave of casual restaurant openings in Paris. In a society with rigid designations for its eating establishment – the bistro, the brasserie, le restaurant – a new category has […]

Ravenna – City of Mosaics

Ravenna – City of Mosaics

Former capital of no less than three empires, Ravenna, Italy is nowadays best known for being the proud possessor of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As well as being the burial place of Dante and a former home to Byron, the town’s magnificent mosaics inspired Cole Porter’s classic “Night and Day.” In ancient times, Ravenna […]

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

The ancient city of Dubrovnik may seem like something out of Game of Thrones, perhaps because some of the most pivotal scenes from the series have been filmed there, but the well-preserved medieval city has much to offer anyone interested in actual history and architecture. The history of the city, once the independent Republic of […]

Wining and Dining in Florence Without Breaking the Bank.

Wining and Dining in Florence Without Breaking the Bank.

Like most destinations, Florence, Italy has numerous restaurants of varying quality and authenticity. However, with a little effort and patience, it is possible to have an authentic Italian experience and find great value for exceptional food. Famous for its bustling street market, the area around San Lorenzo overflows with eateries just waiting to rip off […]

Lake Como and Villa Del Balbianello

Lake Como and Villa Del Balbianello

Lake Como is one of northern Italy’s most famous areas thanks to its pristine mountain-ringed waters, palatial villlas with lush grounds like Villa del Balbaniello, one of the settings for Casino Royale, and of course, celebrities like George Clooney who own houses there. Just an hour north of Milan, the city of Como on the lake’s […]

Rabat, Morocco

Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, is flush with history and culture unbeknownst to the many Morocco-bound tourists who flock to Tangiers and Casablanca. For those who venture off the beaten path, however, Rabat will prove just as rewarding.

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