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Antigua: Paradise on Earth

At this point in my life I have already seen some very beautiful beaches – from Algarve (Portugal), Bocas del Toro (Panama) to Milos (Greece), and the Turkish Riviera.  However, Antigua in the Caribbean makes a running for one the absolute finest of the bunch. Sadly, I was in Antigua for only a little over than 6 hours during my …

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Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard

Humans generally have some strange fascination with abandoned buildings or interesting scrap yards or historical lands that maybe once produced a monumental battle.  I think it has a lot to do with our desire to learn, seek adventure or attempt to satisfy our insatiable curiosity with the unknown.  Whatever the reason, we are drawn to the strange and mysterious.  The …

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The Azure of the Amalfi Coast

Few places around the world are as iconic as the famed Amalfi Coast.  When I eventually told my parents that I visited this area with Gianluigi my mother gasped and expressed tremendous envy; apparently she had always wanted to go to the Amalfi coast.  I had not even realized it was so far south in Italy and practically a stone’s …

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Ischia: Island Retreat of Naples

Ischia is an island in the bay of Naples that takes approximately 40 minutes to reach by ferry.  Ischia is often overlooked because of its smaller neighbor, Capri, to the southeast in the same bay.  This is another oversight by travelers drawn to fame rather than knowledge of the area.  Not to say that places that have built their fame …

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The Wonderful Naples of Italy

Napoli is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.  It is one of the largest cities in Italy after Milan, Rome and Torino.  The port in Napoli is the second largest in the world after the port of Hong Kong.  For tourists especially interested in history, you might be surprised to learn that UNESCO lists 448 historical …

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos: The History Behind a Monument

I think I first saw this monument when I was about 14 years old or at least that is when I first distinctly remember the Padrao.  I have now seen it and Lisbon numerous times.  Growing up my parents told me about some of Portugal’s history and in school in the US I learned some brief details. However, it was …

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Connecticut: Unexceptional and Ordinary

I was born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1991 and have been living in the state my entire life.  Fortunately, I have seen much more than just this state.  The state of Connecticut is not a tourists’ dream location.  In movies Connecticut is only ever represented by our most prestigious university, Yale (ranked 11th in the world[1]), or by quaint streets …