Roman Holiday with Walks of Italy

by Beth Whitman (January 18th, 2013)

When I was a young backpacker, I probably missed experiencing a lot of sights. My goal was to see how far I could get my dollars to stretch, so my money went toward accommodations and food – the basics. I chose local (often uncomfortable) buses over more expensive trains. I stayed in hotels as cheap […]

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Italian-style Thin Crust Pizza Recipe

by Beth Whitman (October 29th, 2012)

Before I can give you the recipe for my now perfected pizza, I have to first give a nod to the folks at Walks of Italy. At the end of a half-day tour of Rome earlier this year, we took a pizza making class by a master pizza maker at his restaurant. You might already […]

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Eating Italy Food Tours in Rome

by Beth Whitman (June 22nd, 2012)

Given that I’m in Santa Fe at the moment with our Culinary Tour, and this week IS all about food, I thought it would be good to step back in time (not THAT long ago, just two months) and revisit Italy for a food tour there. When in Rome, I had a chance to join […]

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Round the World (and back) this Spring ~ Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (May 25th, 2012)

To say the least, my travels this spring have been surrealistic. In 2 months’ time, I was in Thailand, Bhutan, Italy, Germany and Zambia. Oh, and Texas. I haven’t done the math, but I might have racked up 60,000+ miles. The strangest moment came for me was when I was in Zambia looking over images […]

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Booking a Room in Rome (via HouseTrip)

by Beth Whitman (May 8th, 2012)

My recent trip to Italy was the first time I’ve ever stayed in a short-term apartment rental during my travels. I’ve Couchsurfed, GlobalFreeloaded, stayed in hostels, hotels, bed and breakfasts and pensions. But for vacation travel, I have a feeling that apartments stays are going to be my preferred accommodation from now on. Jon joined […]

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Florence, Italy ~ Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (May 4th, 2012)

Unfortunately, we had just 2 nights in Florence. Enough time to see some of the highlights and just barely soak up a bit of the amazing culture and art. One of the most symbolic pieces of architecture in Florence is the Ponte Vecchio – the ancient bridge stretching across the Arno River. It’s believed that […]

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Renting an Apartment in Venice (with Roomorama)

by Beth Whitman (April 29th, 2012)

I hadn’t considered staying in an apartment rental when I travel until I received some information from Roomorama a few months ago about their services. These folks provide short-term accommodation rentals for travelers by connecting them with homeowners. They are well-established in North America and Europe but are now expanding into Asia, South America and […]

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Venice ~ Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (April 27th, 2012)

Despite having seen a gazillion photos, paintings and movies that feature the canals of Venice, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this city. The audacity of its early residents to build the entire area on a lagoon! The city now consists of nearly 120 islands – all connected by footbridges and canals […]

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Life’s Short… Dessert in Italy

by Beth Whitman (April 26th, 2012)

Europeans have this amazing way of getting you hopped up on coffee and sugar – and nowhere is it more prevalent than in Italy where the coffee is fantastico and the sweets, well, don’t those cookies just make your teeth hurt looking at them? You can’t even imagine how delicious those little chocolate boats were. […]

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Assisi, Italy ~ Photo of the Day

by Beth Whitman (April 20th, 2012)

I’m staying at Valle di Assisi Hotel located in a valley just a few miles from Assisi itself. Yesterday, a few of us who are here for the Travel Bloggers Unite conference, walked into town (someone calculated our roundtrip walk at about 9 miles!). It’s been a long time since I’ve traveled in Italy (12 […]

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