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LONDON'S MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS

If you're a fan of flowers, ivy-covered buildings, and rows of pastel-colored houses, then London is the place for you. London in the summer is a completely different world to London in the winter, so if you want to make the most of it - and get the best pictures - plan to visit sometime between May-September. I walked tirelessly all over the city to find the prettiest, most Instagram-worthy shots, so check out my must-see London locations below:

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EXPLORING ROME WITHOUT THE TOURISTS

Rome is one of those cities that is just straight up mesmerizing. I find literally every single thing about the city beautiful. From the pizzerias on every street corner to the pastel-colored buildings covered in ivy, the city is truly magical.

The only downside to Rome is the crowds upon crowds of tourists. I’ve traveled a lot in my life, but i’ve never seen as many tourists as I saw in Rome. You usually see photos of the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain and think, gee, it sure looks peaceful there. But no, boy is that wrong.

My first day in Rome was a dreary, rainy day with no sun in sight. As we walked down the alleyways towards the Trevi Fountain, we could hear the water gushing and knew we were close. We were so pumped to see it in real life, until we got there and realized that wouldn’t be so easy.

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO VISITING CINQUE TERRE

Featured Blog: Polka Dot Passport

Whether you are planning a visit to Cinque Terre or simply dreaming about these seaside towns, I’ve put together a guide to the region, including where to stay, things to do, and the best spots to swim, eat, take photos, and most importantly… Get the best gelato.

As I sit here writing this, I’m perched on a rock, the sound of lapping waves filling my ears, the taste of fresh seafood and a juicy peach fresh on my lips. I’m staring in awe at the view in front of me- a cluster of colourful pastel building hanging daintily off the side of a cliff. Riomaggiore is the first of five seaside towns on the north coast of Italy that make up Cinque Terre, and is our residence for the next five days.

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A Boomer’s Guide to Paris Off-the-Beaten-Path

Featured Blog: My Itchy Travel Feet

Paris. It’s the carefree city of love where tree-lined avenues meet lazy outdoor lunches and breezy boat trips across the Seine. As the capital city of France, Paris has its fair share of famous landmarks. What boomer traveler hasn’t heard of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées or the Notre Dame?

There are lots of things to do if you want to stay on the tourist trail; but if you’re a boomer who is keen to see a more authentic side to the city, you might want to look a little further afield. Here are five of the best off the beaten path experiences Paris has to offer. Bon appétit!

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THE FAIRYTALE LAND OF CAPPADOCIA

This past weekend I traveled to a place right out of a fairytale. Each time I asked my Turkish friend’s opinions on the best places to see in Turkey, 9 times out of 10 they recommended Kapadokya (Cappadocia) as their favorite. So on Thursday night I hopped on the bus and headed off on a 12 hour trip to Kapadokya. The trip seemed to drag on forever, especially considering the only thing to look at was a desert-like landscape, but it was a nice change of pace from the busy city streets.

Our first stop upon reaching Kapadokya was Pasabag (Monk’s Valley). As my tour group approached the valley, it was clear that everybody on the bus had a dirty mind like me. Our tour guide was explaining how the mushroom shape of the fairy chimneys were formed, but I don’t think anyone could get past the resemblance to penises. Enormous giant penises produced from the ground in every direction you turned.

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