How Florence Inspires a Higher Standard and ‘Slow Tourism’

From stunning architecture and sculpted masterpieces to some of the freshest regional food and wine, Florence is sure to delight your perspective alongside your tastebuds.…

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Florence, Italy: Currently Closed. Our Recent Visit Affirmed the Need for Sustainable Tourism.

Today the jewelry and souvenir shops lining the Ponte Vecchio—in medieval stalls once occupied by tanners, farmers, and butchers—are closed until further notice. For several…

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Virtual Travel During Challenges

Virtual trips allow us to experience places that we may not be able to visit just yet, but may like to go someday; or perhaps…

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Barcelona: Spain or Catalonia?—When we unexpectedly met its complexity and conflict

Many may not even realize—I, one of limited knowledge, can only begin to understand—the layers of Barcelona’s complicated history within the region of Catalonia. Seeing…

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Valencia, Spain – Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Valencia: The Luster of Spain’s Third-Largest City Illuminated (Part 3 of 3): Quality + Balance

As my family’s Valencian soccer trip came to an end, we reflected that true prosperity flourishes in their balanced way of life. The people displayed…

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Valencia: The Luster of Spain’s Third-Largest City Illuminated (Part 2 of 3): Artistry + Progress

As Valencia progresses into the 21st century, this city built over two millennia works to maintain her heritage. Quality development balances artful modern construction with…

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Valencia, Spain – Plaça de la Virgen

Valencia: The Luster of Spain’s Third-Largest City Illuminated (Part 1 of 3): Her Allure

Valencia doesn't seem to realize how beguiling she is, which only adds to her charm. As the capital of a once-prominent region, this unpretentious city…

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My Personal Soul-Searching Journey to Lake Tahoe

Years ago my life took a detour, settling for a while in one of the world’s most majestic settings. From here I was able to…

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Honoring Inspiration and Quality: Paris Notre Dame, the Masterpiece

Certain places throughout the world exude quality and inspire each of us to be the best version of ourselves. In Paris (and throughout France, for…

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Brussels: More Than Meets the Eye

Discovering a City—Beyond Just a Hub in Belgium It wasn’t love-at-first-sight when we first arrived in Belgium, and particularly not with Brussels. But ultimately our affection for…

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