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When in Venice, Eat as the Venetians Do

by Tui Snider on March 1, 2012

Venice gondolas. (photo by Tui Snider)

Take a Stroll through the Shadows Like many people, when I hear the phrase, “Italian food,” the first dishes to come to mind are pizza and pasta. Both are certainly Italian, but they are not the specialties for every region. For instance, while it’s possible to get pizza in Venice, the best is in southern […]

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Sipping Limoncello in Southern Italy

by Tui Snider on February 28, 2012

Italian lemons. (photo by Tui Snider)

What is Limoncello? Limoncello (lee-moan-chello) is a popular after dinner digestive in southern Italy. When you visit Naples and other cities along the Amalfi Coast, such as Sorrento, Positano and Ravello, you will see this bright yellow liqueur in decorative bottles on display in shop windows everywhere you go. It’s not just for tourists, either. […]


Texas Road Trips: From Dinosaurs to Drive-Ins

by Tui Snider on February 10, 2012

Somervell Courthouse in Glen Rose, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

A short drive west of Dallas and Fort Worth are two small Texan towns well worth exploring, Granbury and Glen Rose. Both have historic squares featuring a 19th century courthouse in the center, with locally-owned shops, restaurants and cafes nearby. Granbury, in addition, offers authentic German food, while Glen Rose is home to the official […]


Visiting Pompeii: Italy’s Window into the Past

by Tui Snider on February 6, 2012

Pompeii, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)

From Tragedy to Tourist Attraction One of the world’s most famous natural disasters created one of Italy’s most famous tourist attractions, when in August of 79 A.D. the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius buried the town of Pompeii under a deadly layer of cinders, pumice and ash. No one expected the mountain to erupt, so its […]


My Top 7 New York City Surprises

by Tui Snider on January 31, 2012

General Worth Monument in NYC (photo by Tui Snider)

After decades of seeing, hearing and reading about New York City it’s easy to have some misconceptions built up in your mind. Here are the top seven things that surprised me on my first visit: 1. Free Tours Like any big city, a trip to NYC can put a big dent in your wallet if […]


What’s Cooking in New Orleans

by Tui Snider on January 19, 2012

Neon sign in New Orleans. (photo by Tui Snider)

After a few meals in New Orleans, it’s easy to see why entire books have been written about this city’s cuisine. While many American cities have a regional specialty, New Orleans is laden with options, incorporating such diverse influences as French provincial, Spanish, Italian, West Indian, African, Native American and good old southern American. Here […]


Is Transatlantic Cruising Right for You?

by Tui Snider on January 10, 2012

Transatlantic sky. (photo by Tui Snider)

I have crossed the Atlantic by cruise ship three times now and loved it every time. Still, it’s not for everyone. Even if you like cruise travel it doesn’t guarantee that you will enjoy a transatlantic crossing. Here are some things to consider when making that decision. Dinner and a Show Every Night One thing […]

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Stretching Your Travel Dollar in New Orleans

by Tui Snider on January 6, 2012

Jackson Square in New Orleans (photo by Tui Snider)

Some of the best things in New Orleans are free – or nearly so.   I recently visited at the end of a long trip, when finances were getting low, and discovered a few tips that kept my budget in check while allowing me to experience the city to its fullest. Lose Yourself in the […]


Victoria and Albert courtyard

Despite several journeys to London, I kept displacing a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum with other tourist options. This fall, however, I finally got around to checking it out. I’m sure glad I did.  The museum was so fun that I plan to go back on my next London trip. Here are some […]

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Visiting Kensal Green Cemetery in London

by Tui Snider on October 6, 2011

Well-tended roses at Kensal Green cemetery in London

With over 65,000 graves spread across 72 acres (29 hectares) Kensal Green is one of London’s most impressive cemeteries. This garden style cemetery once boasted its own conservatory, and even today includes a section where gardeners maintain a separate rose bush for each plot. Visitors can easily spend an afternoon wandering through its heavily wooded […]