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The Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland.

6 Things To Do In Warsaw

Visiting Warsaw may not be at the top of everyone’s travel list in Eastern Europe. The city has a reputation for being a drab, modern city that lacks charm and character. The Old Town is a post-war facsimile of Warsaw’s once grand past. Despite the negativity, there are actually a number of fun things to

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One of the San Diego Highlights: a cruise on San Diego Harbor

San Diego Highlights

San Diego is one of our favorite cities on the planet. This fun, relaxed city has amazing weather and an abundance of activities. We’re a little biased – Laura’s sister lives here and we go out frequently to visit, but we never tire of taking in the San Diego highlights!

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Campo dei Miracoli

A Legendary Mistake: The Leaning Tower of Pisa

It’s interesting to think that without a rather dramatic flaw in engineering, Pisa wouldn’t be nearly the tourist center that it is. Nevertheless, Pisa is one of those places you almost feel like you have to visit, especially when you’re only 45 minutes away in Florence. The attractions in Pisa are concentrated within a few

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The towers of San Gimignano, Italy.

The Tuscan Hilltown of San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano, Italy is a beautiful little walled town that was declared by UNESCO to be part of the World’s Architectural Heritage. Its striking architecture is straight out of the 1200s, and is “the epitome of a Tuscan hill town.”

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The temple ruins of Paestum, Italy.

The Ruins of the Paestum Temples

The Paestum ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are comprised of three major Greco-Roman temples and a number of smaller ruins. Visiting Paestum can be a highlight of a trip to Italy. We visited in the off season and had the ruins completely to ourselves.

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Cave Canem (Beware the Dog) Mosaic in Pompeii

Pompeii and Naples

Like pretty much everywhere in Italy, we have wanted to visit Pompeii for a long time. Since Laura first read about Pompeii in her junior high Latin class, she has looked forward to exploring the preserved ghost town. This trip allowed us the time to fit in the site along with a trip to Naples to see

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The massive fountain inside the Dubai Mall.

The Strange Culture of Malls in Dubai

In a city that does everything in a big way, it makes sense that the malls in Dubai are also big. But there is more to Dubai mall culture than just shopping.

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Shopping in the Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai has a reputation as a modern, cosmopolitan city. In Dubai, bigger is better: world’s tallest building, world’s largest mall, etc. However, in Bur Dubai and along the banks of the Dubai Creek, you hear the echoes of the old Dubai. In the heart of this area, we encountered the Dubai Gold Souk and knew

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Working on the ONTC Bus on Our Way to Muscat

The ONTC Buses

We are generally fans of getting out there and trying to experience as much of the local environment as possible. When I first discovered that I would be traveling to Dubai, UAE for work, I hit on the idea of also going to Muscat, Oman. My graduate school hosted many Omani exchange students. I have

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