Florence, the Best Italian City?

Rome may be the most famous city in Italy, but Florence is often considered the best Italian city to travel to. It is a city of amazing history, architecture, art, food, and shopping. Florence centers around its famed landmark, the Florence Cathedral, commonly referred to as Il Duomo (the Dome) for its massive dome, which... Continue Reading →

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A Stop in San Gimignano

Just an hour southwest of Florence sits a small town upon a hill. Walk through the gates and down the cobblestone streets. Medieval towers and stone churches surround you.  No doubt, you will feel a part of the past because San Gimignano truly is a place preserved in history. Admittedly, there aren't many things to... Continue Reading →

Two Tuscan Wineries

As a gorgeous to the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany is one of the most famous regions in Italy. Its food, art, and history are all legendary. But best of all is the wine: Chianti, Brunello, Super Tuscan, and many more. So it was imperative I visited a couple wineries while in Tuscany. Although... Continue Reading →

A Stroll through San Marco

See my first day in Venice here: Italian Trip Stage One: Venice On my second day in Venice, I woke early for a stroll through Piazza San Marco. The square is Venice's main attraction. One look and it's easy to see why. There is the beautiful St. Mark's Basilica with its great arches and elaborate marble... Continue Reading →

Italian Trip Stage One: Venice

At last, my family and I have made it to Italy, the trip of a lifetime. Granted, there were a few hiccups: our limo's AC died and its transmission almost followed suit, my boarding pass wouldn't scan at the airport, my brand new luggage lost a wheel en route, and we all got lost trying... Continue Reading →

The Treasure is Found

In a former blog post, I created a treasure hunt in the style of Byron Preiss's The Secret (a Treasure Hunt). I hid an opal ring somewhere in the US and crafted a riddle to lead the brightest among you to it. However, I guess my treasure hunt wasn't as difficult as Preiss's because after... Continue Reading →

The Mont in Montreal

Montreal, which means "Royal Mountain," gets its name from the beautiful mountain that shoots out of the center of the city. From the street level, you can look up and marvel at the tree-covered peak, but the best view is from the top. To get up top, you need to climb. You can take several sets... Continue Reading →

Spring Break in the City

While the rest of my classmates spent spring break in warm, beach resorts, getting drunk off their asses, I stayed in New York City. My girlfriend Kita from Britain came to visit. We can't see each other often, so it was a meaningful week for the two of us. A blizzard rolled through on Tuesday,... Continue Reading →

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