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Jul152018

Walking Rome – Villa Borghese Gardens

Before starting to write this piece I read Tripadvisor questions on where to stay in Rome as a first-time visitor. The link is an overview of neighborhoods in central Rome for hotels. My main concern when booking Rome is I wanted to be in the city center with easy access to public transportation and airport…

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Jul102018

Rome is a walkable city for sights

Turned out Rome is a far more walkable city than I expected in late June. Temperatures were mostly 28C/82-83F, dry on our first day and more humid with a couple of brief, but heavy afternoon rain showers. Proximity of so many major city attractions like the Colosseum, Roman Forum ruins, Markets of Trajan, Alter of…

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Apr062018

Everglades National Park on breezy winter day

On the drive from Key West to Miami Airport in January 2018, I made a detour into Everglades National Park arriving at the Ernest F. Coe entrance from U.S. Route 1 outside Florida City. Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center is the main park center with a physical address of Homestead, Florida. I kept thinking I…

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Jan292018

End of the road in Key West

After buying a Frontier $58 round trip ticket for Las Vegas to Miami last November during a 99% off flash sale, I had the brilliant idea to ask my octogenarian parents if they wanted to join me for a 5 day trip to Florida. What was I thinking? Florida seemed like an opportunity to make…

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Jan202018

Prague Old Town Square Christmas Market

Prague appears fond of lighted trees in city squares during Christmas and New Year’s season. A festive Christmas Market in the historic Old Town city square features the twin towers of Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn as a backdrop.  Prague Orloj on the Old Town Hall tower was constructed in 1410 and remains…

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Nov182017

Winter travel in Europe packing light

Winter in Europe was appealing travel for me when I flew San Francisco to Copenhagen, then visited Malmo, Sweden; Prague, Czech Republic; Wroclaw and Krakow, Poland; Stockholm, Sweden in January 2017. Sure, the weather can be bitterly cold, but some days can also be brilliantly clear skies for wonderful photo opportunities. The crowds might be…

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