Posts by Caitlin Kiesel

Discover Sicily’s Ancient City of Naxos

Sicily screams summer travel, with its hours and hours of sun, nearly 1,000 miles of coastline along the Tyrrhenian, Mediterranean, and Ionian Seas, groves of plump lemons, and delicious street food to keep you satiated while wandering the sundrenched cities and towns. Chances are you’re more familiar with Sicily’s western side of the island, home…

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Complete Guide to Salamanca — La Dorada

Known also as La Dorada, or “The Golden One,” the city of Salamanca in western Spain is full of elegant architecture and is located in a delightfully hilly area near the Tormes River. Salamanca is notable for many things: as the capital of the Province of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to…

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Visit Alsace — Discover the Medieval Town of Strasbourg

The region of Alsace has it all: cozy winstubs, the Alsatian wine route, picturesque cities and towns like Colmar and Mulhouse, architectural wonders for days. Yet amid the variety of monuments, iconic wines, and charming towns mixing French and German culture, Strasbourg stands out as the stop you should make if you can only make…

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Explore the Wine Regions of Provence

If you tend to think of Provence as the land of rosé, you wouldn’t be wrong. This southeastern region of France yields huge quantities of wine (about 175 million bottles annually). Over half of these Provençal wines are rosé, followed by red wine, then by light whites.  Provence has long been famous for wine production,…

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Panzanella: A Taste of Tuscan Cuisine

Tuscany’s longstanding answer to a summery tomato sandwich has to be panzanella. Think of it as a Italian “bread salad” with ripe garden vegetables. What could be better? Tuscan cuisine is delicious yet unpretentious. It takes a lot of inspiration from home cooking and peasant origins, with its defining phrase “cucina povera” meaning “poor cooking.”…

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Discover Puglia — The Adriatic Coast

With summer just around the corner, we’re all looking for the best global spots to take full advantage of the sun. Puglia’s Adriatic Coast makes the list every time. This hot-climate region of Southern Italy (known as Apulia in Italian) boasts 500 miles of gorgeous coastline along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Miles and miles…

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Exploring Spain’s Catalonia Region: The Catalan Countryside

Spain’s Catalonia region is best known for vibrant and bustling Barcelona and also for the famed Costa Brava (meaning wild coast) where Blue Flag beaches span the Mediterranean Sea for 130 miles. Yet there are even more gems in the Catalan countryside. Medieval villages full of ancient monuments, chocolate museums, Michelin-starred restaurants, vineyards for days.…

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Visit Florence – The Birthplace of the Renaissance

In Florence, the present is artfully blended with the past. History around every corner. Cathedrals and other ancient monuments popping up throughout the city to remind you of the pervasive influence the bygone days have on modern times. But why does this capital city of Tuscany hold such significance? Florence was the birthplace of the…

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Complete Guide to Provençal Cuisine

The region of Provence in southeastern France has so much to love: the French Riviera, lavender fields, epic landscapes like the Massif des Calanques, and rich cities like Avignon and Marseille. And then there’s the food! Provençal cuisine is famous for its powerful flavors and simple, farm-to-table ingredients. Provence’s warm, Mediterranean climate influences its cuisine,…

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Discover the Wine Regions of Tuscany

Every wine-seeking traveler inevitably finds themselves in Tuscany, the hilly land of winding roads lined with sculptural cypress trees and vineyards surrounding romantic hilltop towns. The wines here are famous, as is the rich landscape and food. As one of the most prolific wine-producing areas in Italy (and even in Europe), it’s no wonder Tuscany…

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