Paying Homage to The Lizard King

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They come by the thousands from all parts of the world. Some were not yet born when The Lizard King reigned.  They leave trinkets, drugs and graffiti acclaiming him.  Jim Morrison was the songwriter and lead singer for The Doors.  He skyrocketed to fame with his iconic 1967 hit “Light My Fire”.  He continues to […]

Rome, Italy: Lights, Camera…Natale!

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It is my humble opinion that there is NO bad time to come to Rome, however, on the top of my list for visiting the Eternal City is at Christmas time!  Lit-up on December 8, La Festa dell’Immacolata Concezione (the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception) and left illuminating until la Epifania (Epiphany – January […]

Rome, Italy: The Eternal City’s Backstreets

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All roads may lead to Rome but not all streets in Rome are created equal. In this ancient, convoluted, enchanting, twisted mass of boulevards, tiny lanes and mini piazzas, one could roam around on foot for days and never see the same street twice.  Or, in my case, walk in circles for three hours and never […]

Historical Pub Crawl on King Street, Bristol

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In the mid 18th century, Bristol was England’s second largest city and a hotbed for merchants and sailors who sailed across the Atlantic, importing exotic goods like cocoa, rum, tobacco and sugar. Bristol is well known for its maritime history, and taverns and alehouses along the harbour side (the majority of which had been established […]

Bath, England: Best Cookery Schools

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You’ve sampled the delectable dishes Bath’s most prized restaurants and cafés have to offer, so what now? How about donning an apron and jumping behind the scenes into the kitchens of some of Bath’s best cooking schools, where new skills and recipes make for lifelong souvenirs that you can share with friends and family back […]

Anecdotes from an Amsterdam Hostel

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With a looming cannabis ban for tourists on the horizon, it has never been more imperative for travellers who enjoy certain vices to visit Amsterdam. As one of the most expensive cities in Europe for hotel rooms, the idea was to stay in a hostel and cut costs where possible.  Originally, the thought of staying […]

Should I Rent a Car in Italy?

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When friends are planning a trip to Italy they often ask me the question: Should we rent a car and drive while we’re visiting?  My rhetorical question in response is always: Are you insane? You have to understand that I’m a great big sissy when it comes to getting behind the wheel of a car in […]