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Italy

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...

Dining at Grand Hotel Billia

Twenty eight. That's how many dishes I sampled during my stay at Grand Hotel Billia. And that's not even including breakfast, which consisted of a buffet fit for a king! To say I'm on a sensory overload, would be an understatement. To think that I wo...

Exploring Grand Hotel Billia

Grand Hotel Billia is, without a doubt, one of the nicest properties that I've stayed at during my (many) years of travel. There are several hotels that have won me over with their charm and impeccable service and attention to detail; The Pacific Hot...

Fog Covered Mountains in Aosta Valley

This morning, I was surprised to see a thick, fog rolling over the mountains of Aosta Valley. The scene reminded me of something straight out of a Led Zepplin song or one of my favorite childhood books, The Hobbit. At any moment, I half expected to s...

Leaving Slovenia…

Today was a full day of travel. After six days in Nova Gorica, we were excited head West from Slovenia to Saint Vincent, located in the Aosta Valley region of Italy. Nova Gorica is a beautiful, small town, with lots of local charm and a really nice c...

New York City to Nova Gorica, Slovenia

I fell asleep in New York, woke up in Venice, and now I'm in Slovenia. It's been less than 24 hours and I've been in three countries. I'm tired, but overall, I'm feeling pretty good. We had to get to JFK Airport extra early last night so that we c...