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Europe

Day Trip: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Since we are staying in Nice, France, JC and I decided that it would be fun to check one more country off of our 'must see' list and so we hopped in our rental car and made the (short) trek to Monte Carlo, in Monaco. Although the drive accordi...

Beach Thieves in Marseille, France

Back in February, I wrote about an encounter I had with two beach thieves in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. This morning, I once again had a run in with beach thieves, though this time in Marseille, France and this time, with non humans (no, I don't mean z...

Forte di Bard, Italy

The drive to Forte di Bard led us through many tunnels, carved into the mountainside and at times, under rocky overpasses, guarded by a mesh cage to prevent pieces of rock from falling onto the car. There were also quite a few castle like structures ...

Casinò di Campione, Italy

A few days ago, a local friend told us about Casino Campione d'Italia and suggested that we check it out while we were in town. He told us it is the largest casino in Europe and that it has 9 floors of table games and slot machines, with a stunning v...

Tartarughe Ninja

Sometimes it's the little things about somewhere new that make you smile. Like walking by this quaint movie theater in Mendrisio and seeing a poster for Tartarughe Ninja, aka Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! ...

Sagra Dell Uva (Grape Festival)

The Sagra dell Uva, or Festival of the Grape, is an annual festival that takes place in Mendrisio at the end of September, which lucky for us happens to be this weekend. Consequently, we spent the day buying freshly baked macarons, herb infused goat ...