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The Beautiful City of Padua

I came to Padua to see Giotto’s masterpiece, the Scrovegni Chapel, but I discovered a really amazing place.  I found a charming city with lovely streets, elegant architecture, fun sights, and locals out enjoying a pleasant fall weekend in the numerous parks and piazzas.  While Venice, its neighbor in the Veneto region, gets mobs of tourists, I realized that Padua definitely deserves a few days to explore and rewards its visitors with an unforgettable experience.

Saint Anthony Cathedral

An impressive sight when walking around.  Street view of the Basilica of Saint Anthony, Padua

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Impressions of Taipei

I recently had the chance to stopover in Taipei on my first trip to Eastern Asia.  What I found was an energetic metropolis firmly rooted in traditional culture while still embracing modernity with a global sensibility.

Taipei 101 down a city street

The modern Taipei 101 tower looms brightly over the city.

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Seaside Charm in Nafplio, Greece

Touring the Peloponnese is a lot of work.  Don’t get me wrong, the towns and countryside are gorgeous.  Its just that you just have to cover a lot of ground and move from hotel to hotel.  That’s why I’m glad I tweaked my planning a little bit to spent a few days in Nafplio.  Its close to several major archaeological sites for day-tripping and is a fantastic, relaxing sea-side escape in its own right.  Nafplio is the kind of place you look for when traveling!

beach view Nafplio, Greece

Watching the fortress and passing boats while enjoying a post-lunch coffee along the Nafplio harbor.

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Spring Break 2013 in a Museum?

A list went out earlier this week of “100 Museums to See Before You Die” which got me thinking about my next trip.  While this particular list of museums is in no way exhaustive (no Egyptian Museum, no Chicago Art Institute, etc, etc!), it made me realize there are huge clusters of amazing museums I’ve never seen because there are many major international cities I still haven’t visited.  I’m itching for an easy to plan “Spring Break” and what better way to spend a potentially rainy week in March than in museums!  My only problem is deciding where to go….

Madrid, Spain

Museo Prado hall, Madrid

Central gallery, Museo del Prado, Madrid (Photo: Turismo Madrid, flickr)

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Fresh Fish Dinner in Istanbul

Locals fishing off the Galata Bridge in Istanbul with the New Mosque in the background (Photo: Daydream Tourist)

Our first full day in Istanbul we hit the big sights: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar.  I’ll get to those things soon, but I am still stuck on our amazing fish dinner the first night!  As the sun began to set, we wandered over the Galata Bridge, watching the ferries come and go and observing the local fishermen.  Standing almost shoulder to shoulder along the bridge, there were actually catching fish, albeit tiny finger-sized ones.

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