Florence has everything a tourist could possibly want–incredible music, a walkable city center, world-class art and a never-ending supply of delicious Italian food. Somehow, despite eating carbs constantly during my trip, I returned slimmer than when I left. It could be the 5th floor walk-up apartment. Lifts are few and far in between in the old city, but you enter through giant castle doors, so there’s a certain give and take. It could be because every…

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I know this is shocking, but I like to travel solo. Sure my adventures for one initially began out of necessity, but over time they grew to be by choice.  I was no longer traveling by myself because I couldn’t find anyone to go with; I was traveling by myself because I enjoyed the pleasure of my own company.  As a single female in my late twenties, I used to fear being alone. Today, I…

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Not everyone thinks to attend an opera performance while in Florence, Italy, but failing to partake in this experience while visiting Italy would be a grave oversight. Florence truly has the best of everything — the best views, the best art and the best food. There is so much competition to be the best that even Leonardo (Da Vinci) gets put in the corner. So it is with a full appreciation for the weight of the…

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Everyone knows the Italian food staples–pizza, pasta, gelato–but did you know that one of the best places in the world to find a steak is actually Florence, Italy? I know what you’re thinking. What could this Tuscan city possibly know about a good slab of beef? Turns out, quite but. A Florentine steak, or a bistecca fiorentina as it’s called, is cut from younger cattle and boasts a tender, juicy quality. To be an authentic…

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Airline travel has evolved over the years. When I visited the Air and Space Museum a few years ago in D.C., they had an old coach cabin on display. I was amazed at how much space there was! It was like every seat was first class. Today, things are just slightly different. With an eye for profits and bottom lines, airlines shove us all together like sardines in a can and make us pay outrageous fees…

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