Category Archives: Travel Tips

Irene’s tips on travel

How to Avoid Credit Card Foreign Transaction Fees – Part Two

In one of our earlier blog posts, we recommended a few credit cards that do not charge foreign transaction fees when you use the card outside of the US.  If you travel abroad and don’t have one of those credit … Continue reading

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Important to all travelers: airlines fees

Airlines find new ways to charge us for everything! The Airgarewatchdog has just released their 2015 guide to all domestic airlines’ fees (as pertaining to the economy only). The airlines are listed alphabetically: http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/blog/22403941/airline-fees-guide/ See for example, United Booking/Reservation Fees Same-day … Continue reading

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Villa Romana Sicily – Must See for Italy History Buffs

Villa Romana del Casale located in Piazza Armerina in Sicilian heartland is not-to-be missed site for all history and art enthusiasts. Covered by layers of mud for 700 years, rediscovered in 1950, and reopened in 2003 after over forty years … Continue reading

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Flying for Free is the Best Airfare

Are you planning a spring or summer get-away or both? There is still time make sure you don’t spend anything for the airfare. Oh well, you will still have to pay taxes but nothing even closely comparable to what the … Continue reading

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Overlooked by visitors, Catania is a masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque

The third largest city of Sicily, a UNESCO-listed Catania lies in close proximity to the majestic mountain Etna. The city was always subject to the brooding moods of that volcano.  In the late 1600s, Mt. Etna struck twice: first drowning … Continue reading

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Following the Steps of Tennessee Williams in Sicily: Taormina’s Casa Cuseni

I came across the name “Casa Cuseni” while reading about Tennessee Williams and his beloved partner, painter/poet Henry Faulkner, spending many happy months in Taormina while staying in Casa Cuseni. I knew then, without a doubt, that when we are … Continue reading

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Best B&B in Palermo

I selected a B&B in Palermo called BB22 not only because of its high reputation and excellent reviews, but also because I wanted to support those who restore Palermian ancient palaces.  BB22, a hidden gem in the heart of historic … Continue reading

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Sicily: Glorious Sicilian Food! And The Best Place in Palermo to Discover It

Sicily is not Italy, even though the island has been administratively part of that country since the 1860s. Likewise, Sicilian food is not Italian, though of course it has been influenced by the mainland cuisine.  Only in Sicily, a paradise … Continue reading

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Palermo Italy

Our exploration of Sicily began in Palermo, the main city of the island. Irene’s heroic efforts to prepare me for the trip paid off: I read Lonely Planet’s Sicily cover to cover, but Palermo came to life only when our … Continue reading

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Sharing first impressions from Scandinavia

We returned only a week ago from our trip to Scandinavia and have not yet started on either an article or picture gallery, but here is what we wanted to share: It was cold and often rainy (we are in … Continue reading

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