Saturday, February 25th, 2017

My Favorite New Destinations of 2013

2013 was a fantastic and exciting travel year — probably my most active year of travel yet! This year I visited a record-breaking 22 countries (UK, USA, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, San Marino, Austria, Malta, Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, and Cambodia — though, […]

Modena, Balsamic Vinegar, and the Opposite of Location Independence

It’s a crisp October day in the Emilian town of Modena, and Caroline and I are ringing the bell on a stately white home. Was this really the place? We came here to experience the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, one of the greatest delicacies in all of Italy, and I was expecting, well, a […]

25 Best Food Experiences in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

The best food in Italy is in Emilia-Romagna. Period. Long known as the home of parmesan cheese, prosciutto, and traditional aged balsamic vinegar, even Italians from other regions will grudgingly admit that yes, Emilia-Romagna is home to Italy’s best food. Emilia-Romagna, a northern region consisting of the western inland region of Emilia and the eastern seaside […]

SOTM Tour: Month Five of Twelve

It’s been five months on the road for the SOTM Tour. I mentioned to Mario this morning that we were close to the halfway point — so what would his favorite places be so far? Japan, he said. And South Africa. And the Burj al Arab, and the night he proposed to me in Malta. […]

The UNESCO Hunt: 62-71

At this point, I can say that I’ve been to more than 70 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I’m chugging along in my UNESCO hunt — but I didn’t think it would take three months to visit the last ten! Were there missed opportunities? In Japan, most certainly. I easily could have visited Nara for the Historic […]