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Chocolate Hazelnut-the famous flavor of Turin

Chocolate and hazelnuts seems like a match made in heaven. But it took a war to bring them together Chocolate Hazelnut origin story Turin, Italy is the unsung chocolate mecca of Europe simply because this is the home of the iconic sweet mixture of Chocolate and Hazelnuts. These two ingredients were first combined during the…

The best viewpoint in Lisbon

When your city lies on seven hills you’ve got lots of great views. This one is my favorite in Lisbon because the beautiful Tagus River and St. George Castle are both in its sightlines. The Miradouro’s of Lisbon It’s no secret that Lisbon is a beautiful city. From the flamboyant and Gothic inspired Manueline architecture…

Don’t travel like a local

Every TV travel show and guidebook tells you “be a local” when you go on vacation. But, is that really a good idea? No one wants to be labeled a “tourist” when they travel. Tourists conjure up images of socks with sandals and fanny packs. Tourists are embarrassing. Tourists talk loudly and slowly in English…

St. Martin’s Da.y

November 11th is a day wine lovers look forward to in Slovenia St. Martin’s Day celebration in Ljubljana, Slovenia (Photo: Brent Petersen) November 11th is St. Martin’s Day, a feast day celebrated throughout Europe to commemorate Saint Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier who became a monk. Saint Martin is known for giving away all…

The “R.E.M. Trestle”

The most iconic image of the 80’s Athens music scene is the Georgia Railroad Trestle that graced the back cover of R.E.M.’s first LP “Murmur,” released in 1983. The front and back cover of “Murmur” with the famous Georgia Railroad Trestle But, the trestle itself dates back 100 years prior, to 1883 when it was…

Halloween in Italy

  Our notion of Halloween in the U.S., children in costumes going door to door for candy, originates in Scotland and Ireland. In fact, when we were in Scotland in mid-October, we found the displays in stores to be very familiar. Bags and bags of candy for sale along with racks of superhero, princess, and scary…

The Best Pizza in Naples

Naples is known as the birthplace of pizza. But, there’s more than just classic Neapolitan pizza in the Città del Sole (City of the Sun) Pizza origin story Pizza Margherita (photo: Brent Petersen) People have been putting things on bread to make it tastier for at least 10,000 years. And, the ancient Greeks put oil,…

Portugal needs to update their high speed train network

Portugal has an efficient transportation network of light rail, bus, metro, and ferry. But, their high speed train system lags behind the rest of Europe. Public Transportation Most cities in Portugal have public transportation to serve the community. The systems in Portugal’s biggest cities of Lisbon and Porto are world-class. Lisbon Portugal’s capital is known…

Goldings Free Dive-one of the best in New Zealand

You’ve probably heard of a “dive bar” but what about a “free dive?” Tied House A tied house is a bar or pub that sells beer from a single brewery. The tied house system is still common in the U.K. but was outlawed in Canada as anti-competitive. In the U.S. tied houses were common until…

The best chocolate in Honolulu

Hawaii is the only state where cacao trees can be commercially grown. This makes for some of the best farm to bar chocolate in the world. Where cacao grows Cacao pods (Manoa Chocolate) Cacao trees need constant warm temperatures and plentiful rainfall to thrive. This environment only occurs in specific places along the Cacao Belt…

The Best Limoncello on the Amalfi Coast

Although you can now get limoncello all over Italy (and in most of Europe or any self-respecting Italian joint in the US), its home is the Amalfi Coast region where the famous Sfumato, or Sorrento, lemons are grown. I first encountered limoncello decades ago at Nonna Cherubina restaurant (don’t look for it, Stefi and Luigi…

Spouting Horn of the Ancient Lizard

Physics might explain the strange noises at Spouting Horn, but the legend is far more interesting. Spouting Horn of the Ancient Lizard Origin Story Spouting Horn of the Ancient Lizard (video: Brent Petersen) On the Hawaiian island of Kauai at Spouting Horn Park is a fun attraction called the Spouting Horn of the Ancient Lizard….

New London Ledge Lighthouse

A Connecticut lighthouse has distinct architecture and a chilling ghost story. New London Ledge Lighthouse Origin Story New London Ledge Lighthouse (photo: Brent Petersen) There’s been a light beacon at New London Harbor in Connecticut since 1761. This light helped guide ships into one of the most important ports of New England during the Colonial…

Montezuma Castle

This well-preserved cliff dwelling in Arizona has nothing to do with the Aztec emperor, nor was it a castle. Earliest Settlers Montezuma Castle (photo: Brent Petersen) The Native American Sinagua people lived in central Arizona’s Verde Valley starting around 500 CE. The Sinagua were hunter gatherers, eating local game like antelope and bear as well…

Who gets the aisle seat?

When you travel as a couple, you want to sit together on the plane. But, this creates a problem. Who gets the aisle seat and who gets stuck in the middle? Traveling as a couple is great. You get to share the experience (and expenses) with someone you love. But, when it comes to couple…

Athens Music Walk of Fame

Athens Music Walk of Fame markers (photos: Brent Petersen) The Athens Music Walk of Fame is a relatively new addition to town, celebrating the longstanding music scene and wide range of artists who have called Athens home. In 2020, ten inductees were honored with plaques installed in the sidewalk of a 2 block area of…

Orecchiette & Broccoli Rabe (Vegan)

This is a very traditional dish from the Puglia region (the heel of the boot) in Italy. But, I put my own spin on it to make it vegan. Orecchiette Photo: Brent Petersen Orecchiette, literally “little ears,” is the most popular pasta of Puglia. In the Internet age, Orecchiette has been made famous by the…

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse

The lighthouse with the most powerful lens in the United States was also used as the secret home for witnesses in a mob trial. Makapu’u Point Lighthouse origin story Makapu’u Point Lighthouse (photo: Brent Petersen) In the late 1887, Sanford B. Dole (it was Dole’s cousin James who founded the Hawaii Pineapple Company which later…

Wellington’s Pedestrian Crossing Signals

Green and red crossing signals (known in New Zealand as pedestrian crossing lanterns) in Wellington celebrate the city’s history and diversity. Wellington’s Crossing Signals origin story Kate Sheppard crossing signal, Wellington, NZ (photo: Brent Petersen) Most cities and/or countries have rules outlining how crosswalk signals should look and operate. They usually have pretty standard language;…

Jury Duty vs. Root Canal

Some choices require analysis and deep thought. Others are a piece of cake. My first experience with jury duty When preparing to write this story, I asked my friends how many times they had been called to jury duty. Most of them said that they’d served multiple times; some said as many as ten times…

Rome’s Drinking Fountains

Rome has thousands of quirky drinking fountains called Nasoni to keep you hydrated during the hot summer. Nasoni origin story Nasone by the Pantheon (photo: Brent Petersen) In the 1870’s, shortly after unification, Rome became the capital of the new country of Italy. The local government decided it would be a good idea to supply…

The R.E.M. Steeple

The site of R.E.M.’s first ever show is a church locals have fought hard to preserve. St. Mary’s Steeple, Athens, GA (photo: Brent Petersen) On April 5th, 1980, R.E.M. played their first ever show in the chapel of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, which had been converted from a house of worship to an arts and…

Ancients & Horribles Parade

Big Nazo puppets at Ancient & Horribles parade, Chepachet, RI (photo: Brent Petersen) Unlike other reverent parades, Rhode Island’s Ancients & Horribles parade skewers local and national figures and satirizes popular culture. Ancient & Horribles origin story Photo: Brent Petersen In the 19th century, it was common in New England to have military parades to…

A cheese from Sicily cooked three times

Tricotta takes Ricotta Cheese and cooks it a third time for a special Sicilian treat. Tricotta origin story Tricotta for sale in Sicily (photo: Karen Campopiano) Ricotta Cheese is made from whey, the protein-rich liquid left over from the cheese making process. Most of the Ricotta Cheese consumed in the United States is made from…

Garlic Scapes

This little-known part of the garlic plant makes an amazing pesto. What are Garlic Scapes? Notice the distinctive curly-cue shape of the Garlic Scape (photo: Brent Petersen) Garlic is an allum, related to the onion. Everyone is familiar with the garlic bulb, the part of the plant that grows underground and is harvested for its…

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Several digital art exhibits featuring the work of Vincent Van Gogh are traveling the United States in 2021 and 2022. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience (photo: Brent Petersen) What is Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience? Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is one of several exhibits of the master’s works. Rather than looking at canvases on…

The Real Chicago-style Pizza isn’t Deep Dish

You’ll want some authentic Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizza when you visit the Windy City. But, don’t miss out on the very different kind of pizza that the locals eat everyday. Tavern-style Pizza origin story Vito & Nick’s Tavern-style Pizza (image: vitoandnicks.com) There’s a joke among Chicagoans that they only time they eat Deep Dish Pizza…

Rhode Island’s Icy Summer Treat

You may have tried Sno-Cones and Shave Ice, but until you’ve been to Lil’ Rhody in the summer, you haven’t had a Del’s. Del’s origin story Image: Del’s Frozen Lemonade Facebook page Del’s started as a frozen lemonade stand in Cranston, Rhode Island in 1948 by Angelo DeLucia. But, the business can be traced to…

Lyon’s Little Prince

A statue honoring Lyon’s favorite son, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is hiding in plain sight. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Antoine de Saint-Exupéry & The Little Prince statue in Lyon, France (photo: Brent Petersen) Lyon, France’s second city, has had her fair share of famous citizens from Roman emperor Claudius to chef Paul Bocuse. But, when the airport’s…

Beavertail Lighthouse

A beacon guiding ships through the treacherous waters of Narragansett Bay has been on this spot in Rhode Island for over 300 years. Beavertail Origin Story Beavertail State Park (image: discovernewport.com) Conanicut Island sits in Narragansett Bay, just a couple nautical miles from Rhody’s other famous island Aquidneck, where the city of Newport is located….