First-time travelers may dream of visiting Rome, but seasoned visitors know the heart of Italian art, music and cuisine lies in Florence, Italy. Home to greats like Michelangelo, Dante and Donatello, Florence is a city of masterpieces. So many, that it’s hard to know where to begin your sightseeing. Those with at least 2 days in the city will find the Firenze Card to be their best investment. For a flat rate of 72 Euro,…

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Anafiotika is a hidden wonder inside the bustling metropolis that is Athens. It’s hard to believe a place like this even exists–a slice of the Greek Islands that is a veritable oasis amidst city noise, concrete and graffiti. Yet somehow, despite a financial crisis, increasing urbanization and lack of government funding, Anafiotika is still going strong, retaining its distinct identify and thriving as the best little-known spot in Greece’s capital. RELATED POST: HOW TO SPEND…

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“Let’s take a practice shot,” Gaetan said as he backed into the square. “Just lean up against that column there.” I walked gingerly to the nearest column. It was at least 20 feet high and led up to one of a series of archways lining the Placa Massena, a public square in Nice, France. It was a populated area, right across from a large shopping center, which is probably why my photographer, Gaetan, had planned…

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It’s that time of year where tourists and residents alike flock to the Greek Islands, and there’s no better way to island hop than by ferry. For those visiting the big names of Santorini, Mykonos or Rhodes, you can easily get to the islands by plane and bypass the ferry process altogether if you so choose. But for smaller, more remote islands like Tom Hank’s home of Antiparos, you have no choice but to join…

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When I learned that Pisa, Italy was just a short commute away Florence, I knew I had to squeeze it into my 3-day itinerary, no matter how tight. After all, it’s not everyday that you see a piece of architecture that defies gravity. I wanted to get my token tourist picture holding that sucker up. If you’ve visited my site before, you know I’m attempting 12 trips in 12 months as part of my year…

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