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My Trip to Italy – Part 1 – Festival Misses

During my trip, I searched the walls for news of Italian festivals… …only to find that I had either arrived a month late… …or a few months early. I was just a week early for these festivals in Atri and Catania… …and just a day late for the festival in Pacentro. And there was even a festival scheduled for the …

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My Trip to Italy – an Introduction

Recently, I’ve traveled across the sea to Italy… …where I set out to explore Sulmona… …Pescara… …countless other towns in the Abruzzo region… …Rome… …and Sicily (Catania primarily). During my adventures, I’ve traveled over mountains… …through forests… …near fields of poppies… …along seaside boardwalks… …and along rocky coasts… …all in order to find myself before picturesque landscapes… …mountainside towns… …ancient …

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Events during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival – Bardstown, Kentucky

This weekend, I got to go to Bardstown, Kentucky for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival (review in a separate post) and two special events either put together or hosted by Willett Distillery. The first event, called Whiskey Pig, took place at the Harrison-Smith House… …where the Harrison-Smith House and Louisville’s bar Vetti served small dishes… …while guests wandered around the grounds… …

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Festivals, Food and Fun in Toronto, Canada

This weekend, I headed up to Toronto, Ontario to visit friends… …and help Canada celebrate her 150th birthday. To better explore the city, we took advantage of Doors Open Toronto… …where 150 sites around Toronto (City Hall)… …were open to the public (Design Exchange – the original stock exchange trading floor)… …for self-guiding tours (Historic Don Jail)… …guided tours (Toronto …

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Kristian’s Winter Getaway – Day 4 – Gasparilla Pirate Festival

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I went on a 4 day trip to Florida for some solo travel time.  This is one of four posts about that trip. ******************** Saturday, January 28, 2017 On my last full day in Florida, I headed out to Tampa to meet up with my cousin and his husband. After a nice Cuban breakfast… …we headed to their …

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Kristian’s Winter Getaway – Day 3 – International Festival of the Arts

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I went on a 4 day trip to Florida for some solo travel time.  This is one of four posts about that trip. ******************** Friday, January 27, 2017 Although I missed Universal’s Harry Potter Festival by attending the day before… …I did not miss the International Festival of the Arts at Epcot. Basically, this festival consisted of musical …

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Kristian’s Winter Getaway – Day 2 – Universal

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I went on a 4 day trip to Florida for some solo travel time.  This is one of four posts about that trip. ******************** Thursday, January 26, 2017 Even though the Harry Potter Festival was taking place at Universal Studios from Friday to Sunday (a coincidence, I promise you), I knew I had better luck experiencing the parks …

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Kristian’s Winter Getaway – Day 1 – Orlando

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I went on a 4 day trip to Florida for some solo travel time.  This is one of four posts about that trip. ******************** Wednesday, January 25, 2017 With my family’s blessing, I went on a 4 day trip to Orlando, Florida in order to check out Universal Studios Florida/Islands of Adventure and their Harry Potter attractions, spend …