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Eating Our Way Through Italy’s Breadbasket

Coloful Emilia Romagna food

Emilia-Romagna is considered by many to be the “bread basket” of Italy, the culinary heart of the country. A two-week visit isn’t enough time to try everything the region has to offer, but we did our best.

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Stopping Traffic in a Hot Air Balloon Over Punta Cana

Taking off in a hot air balloon over Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

For over an hour, we floated over the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. We gazed at the white buildings of Higuey and hovered over the ponds. We passed trees that looked like broccoli from our vantage point in the sky, sometimes hanging low over fields that seemed almost within reach.

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What to Do, See, and Eat in Santa Fe

A visit to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is just one of the fun things to do in Sante Fe, New Mexico

Apparently we have been living under a rock. I have no other explanation for why we were unaware of the charm, culture, fun, and deliciousness in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Wet Your Whistle at Five Nashville Distilleries

Spirits aging at a craft distillery in Nashville, Tennessee

For well over a century, moonshiners in Tennessee have been making the good stuff in the hills, dodging the long arm of the law, and passing their recipes down through the generations. Building on that heritage, today’s Nashville distilleries come in all shapes and sizes.

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What is Albanian Food, Anyway?

Albanian food has aspects of Greek, Italian, and Turkish cuisine. Take a look at the delicious options.

As with everything else when we started planning our trip to Albania, the idea of Albanian food was a big question mark in our minds. For no good reason, our expectations weren’t high, but we assumed we would make the best of whatever we were faced with.

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36 Hours in Lubeck, Germany

The Hanseatic city of Lubeck, Germany, is full of fun things to do an beautiful views -- like this one along the Trave River

The beauty of Lubeck, Germany, is complemented by divine food, great shopping, and a proud history still visible across the city today. With so much to offer, this northern German city is not to be missed, even if you’re short on time.

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