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CARNIVAL IN RIO 2019

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.  For 4 nights from 9pm until DAWN – Over 100,000 performers & 90,000 spectators share in the greatest show on earth.  It’s should be on everyone’s bucket list.  Here’s highlights with my bilingual commentary.  Bom … Continue reading

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A MONEY-SAVVY GUIDE TO GLOBE TROTTING

Step outside your home country, and you’ll quickly learned that banks, credit cards, ATMs, and currency exchanges are not all created equal. Expats and those who travel abroad frequently would do well to have a basic knowledge of how to … Continue reading

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THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE TEST FOR LONG TERM STAY

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DIRECTIONS TO AMALFI COAST, ITALY

FROM ROME AIRPORT Bus, 1 hour, 7 euros There are buses from the airport to Termini train station. Buses are located very close to baggage claim. Go outside to the sidewalk, then turn right. Just walk along the sidewalk to … Continue reading

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AMALFI COAST SPECIAL DELIGHTS

The Amalfi Coast is famous for Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and the spectacular 25-mile cliffside drive.   Tourists also enjoy excursions to Sorrento, the island of Capri, and the ancient city of Pompeii.   But the Coast has some wonderful delights … Continue reading

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ENJOY RIO FROM FOREST, SCHOONER, FORT & MORE

Rio de Janeiro is so much more than just its famous and iconic landmarks of Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf, Maracana Stadium, the arches of Lapa, and famous beaches at Ipanema & Copacabana.   Here are some of my favorite … Continue reading

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DISCOVERING THE GEMS OF THE AMALFI COAST

Italy’s charms abound, but who’s heart hasn’t skipped a beat when visiting Rome, Venice, Taormina, Verona, or Sardinia? But my heart literally stopped and dropped when I first rounded a hairpin corner, and began my first ride down the Amalfi … Continue reading

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VENICE: GONDOLAS, GELATO & GRAMMAR

I LOVE Venice, and wanted to improve my Italian.  So decided to combine both.  I enrolled in a two-week Italian language program in magical Venezia.  The educator in me wanted a rigorous language program; while the world traveler in me kept thinking, what better place to … Continue reading

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RETIREMENT REFLECTIONS

Today’s the 2nd anniversary of my retirement. Many thx to family & friends that have made this time an amazing & unbelievable adventure. Here’s lessons learned. 1. My dress shoes are now Havaianas with ‘bling.’ 2. My inner child is … Continue reading

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RESISTING THE SEDUCTION OF WORLD CUP

I didn’t even like soccer until sitting in a small Italian piazza 8 years ago. An outdoor café in Atrani’s piazza had free wireless internet, so I found myself there each day to catch up on emails, web searches, & … Continue reading

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