The Defacement of Royal Symbols in Architecture and Art: The French Revolution

The French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. During this period, French citizens redesigned their country’s political

Planning a Trip to the Greek Isles

Whenever I visit a place for the first time I try to see as much as I can in order to determine where I would want to spend more time.  The challenge of visiting the Greek

#5 Wine Region: Mendoza Planning Quick Facts

Located at the base of the Andes Mountains (one of the world’s longest mountain ranges with peaks as high as 22,838 feet), the region of Mendoza is home to approximately

Inspirational Resources for Argentina

Movies Filmed in Argentina Evita (Buenos Aires) The Secret in Their Eyes (Buenos Aires) Focus (Buenos Aires) The Colony (Buenos Aires) Music from Argentina Jazz Tango

Inspirational Resources for France

Movies filmed in France include (there are many others): The 100 Foot Journey (shot in St.-Antonin-Noble-Val in the Midi-Pyrénées)The Intouchables (shot in Paris and French

Inspirational Resources for Italy

Movies filmed in Italy: The Two Popes (shot in the Vatican) Tea with Mussolini (shot in Florence and San Gimignano) Life Is Beautiful (shot in Arezzo)Under the Tuscan Sun

#1 Wine Region: France Planning Quick Facts

While Paris is a major draw for tourists the real beauty of France, in my opinion, is its countryside.  The beautiful villages and their vines serve as gorgeous backdrops to

#2 Wine Region: Italy Planning Quick Facts

Wine has been a part of Italy for more than 4,000 years.  Whether the grapes were brought from Asia by the Etruscans or they were a wild crop already living on the land, the

Hosting an Italian Red Wine Tasting Party

Can’t get to Italy just yet? No worries! You can bring Italy to your house and host a red wine tasting party. Thanks to Wine.com the wines for your tasting can be delivered

3-Steps to Create a Photobook

If you’re like me, the last several days of a trip have momentary reminders of looming re-entry into a busy life at home.  While I try to keep those thoughts at bay they

Tips for Planning a Wine Trip to Northern and Central Italy

After several trips to Italy to celebrate a high school graduation, 40th birthday, honeymoon, and 50th wedding anniversary we decided it was time to visit Italy to slowly sip our

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