~ Carmen This past weekend brought one of our favorite festivals in Memphis, India Fest.  India Fest was started in 1993 as a way to celebrate the growing Memphis Indian community.  It is usually held on the first Saturday of November and located at the Memphis AgriCenter.  Each year it has grown and now boasts......
~Carmen This past summer we were able to check off a major bucket list destination—VENICE!  In totally, we spent 9 days in Northern Italy, 5 days in Milan and the surrounding area (See 5 Days in Northern Italy) and the other 4 days in the Veneto Region, which includes Venice. To really experience the Veneto Region,......
~Carmen Verona may be best known as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but it is much more than that.  One of northern Italy’s most captivating and romantic cities, it is filled with cobblestoned streets and beautiful piazzas.  Its city center has many Roman ruins (only Rome has more), and thanks to Caesar Augustus,......
~Lauren Did you know that there is a mountain right outside Little Rock, Arkansas? If you are crossing the Interstate 430 bridge going into town, you might see what looks like a volcano to your right. Though people often mistake it for a volcano, it is actually an old and very popular mountain: Pinnacle Mountain.......
~ Carmen Murano and Burano are two popular islands in the Venetian Lagoon off of the northeastern coast of Italy.  The most popular island being Venice (Read How to Spend 2 Days in Venice).  The lagoon provides a calm barrier between the Adriatic Sea and the Italian Coast.  From Venice, you can easily reach these......
~ Carmen Venice is one of those destinations that people either love or hate.  I’ve heard friends say that it was beautiful, romantic, and a-trip-of-a-lifetime.  I’ve also had friends who thought it was too crowded, smelled bad, and overpriced.  My honest opinion is that Venice is all of the above.  However, for me its romantic......
  ~Carmen Northern Italy has always been high on our bucket list.  This summer we were able to spend a couple of weeks traversing this historic and beautiful part of the world.  The first 5 days of our trip involved using Milan as a home base and taking several day trips to other prime Northern......
~Carmen Cinque Terre (meaning Five Lands) is a group of 5 colorful, picturesque towns off of the northwestern coast of Italy.  This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was made an Italian National Park in 1999.  These small fishing towns date back from the medieval period when the high cliffs made for good......
~Carmen Lake Como (Lago di Como) is Italy’s deepest lake and third largest.  With a setting at the base of the Alps, it is considered by many to be Italy’s most beautiful lake.  It is shaped like a large upside-down Y, with its meandering shoreline dotted with exquisite 19th-century towns and villas. We recently spent......
~ Meghan Jones (Guest Post) Experience is the best teacher, they say. Sometimes, you will have to survive three or more “not so great” travel adventures to make the next one the best trip of your life. You’ve probably experienced so many mishaps and inconveniences, from delayed flights to missing valuables, getting lost, getting ill, missing......
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