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Day trip to Siena, Italy

While staying in Florence for about a week, we had time to take a day trip to the nearby town of Siena. This time, we took the bus since the train that runs from Florence to Siena did not stop in the historical center of town.     Siena is located about an hour and a half bus...
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Eating and Shopping in Florence, Italy

Florence was a city that both Minh and I really liked. It has the traditional Italian charm with even better food than we found in Rome. Minh and I love to eat good food, so our opinions are more swayed to liking a place if the food is good. Everything in the city was also within walking distance so...
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Assisi, Italy

We took an early train out of Rome to the birth place of St. Francis of Assisi who founded the Franciscan order. For those that are not familiar with the Franciscan order, they are friars that believe in a very modest and simple life in order to worship God. The town of Assisi is about a 4...
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The Many Sites of Rome (Part II) – Italy

Even though we had managed to cross off quite a lot on our list of places to visit in Rome (click here for Part I), we still had a lot left to visit. We had one last full day in Rome, and the first stop was the Colosseum. It was a little jarring to see the newly restored portion next...
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The Many Sites of Rome (Part I) – Italy

Rome has a lot of sites to visit, and the city is quite large to navigate.  After checking into our hotel, we decided to hit the ground running and check out some sites nearby.   The first place we visited was a church that had several armed guards in front of it.  The inside looked very...
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The Amalfi Coast, Italy

Our next stop was to visit the small towns along the Amalfi Coast in Italy.  There are several options on how to explore the various towns - train, bus, or rent your own car/moped.  When researching which option we should do, we were considering renting a car, but after reading several warnings from...
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Game of Thrones Filming Locations, Croatia & Spain

Minh and I had always heard good things about Game of Thrones and we actually attempted to watch it a couple years ago. However, we just couldn’t get through the first episode as there were so many characters, and it wasn’t captivating enough for us to continue. After that attempt we never tried...
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Rovinj and Pula, Croatia

Rovinj is a cute seaside town in the Istria region of Croatia. Our stay in Rovinj was a much needed break from all the constant moving from place to place (I know, I know, first world travel problems). We stayed a week in Rovinj and finally got to do things like laundry and make home cooked meals!...
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Zagreb, Croatia

We left Buenos Aires to begin the next segment of our trip in Europe starting off in Croatia. It was a grueling journey to Croatia as we had to make two stopovers - first in Sao Paulo, Brazil, then another one in Madrid, Spain. We eventually arrived at our destination and was met with very pleasant...
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Crossing through the Andes to Mendoza, Argentina

One of the most beautiful features of Chile has to be its majestic Andes mountain ranges. We decided to see it for ourselves up close by taking a bus from Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina. This meant an 8 hour bus ride that traverses through the scenic pass that connects both...
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