Panama City, Panama Travel Guide

Panama City, Panama is often called the Dubai of Central America. Banking along with the Panama Canal has spawned a high-rise metropolis nestled along the Pacific Ocean. Panama City is central American hub, which is fitting since it was the first European settlement along the Pacific Ocean. The ruins of the first European settlement at…

Alex standing behind a sloth on the paved Ancon Hill hiking trail

Modena Food Tour: An Italian Culinary Mecca

By Alex Kallimanis: The Emilia-Romagna region is often considered the foodie capital of Italy. It’s home to authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, excellent charcuterie and truffles. It’s also the birthplace of bolognese sauce and mortadella (bologna in the United States). On my recent trip to Italy, where I flew roundtrip from Washington, DC to Bologna…

Alex with wall to wall parmesan cheese wheels

Useful and Fun Advice for Travel in Ireland

We fell in love with the Emerald Island the first time we visited for our 6th wedding anniversary. So much so that we moved there and called Dublin home from 2011 to 2014. We recently re-visited in October 2018, giving us the opportunity to re-connect with friends and the country. Friendly locals, a picturesque landscape…

Landscape of the cliffs with the ocean, Ireland travel tips

Craft Cocktail Tour in NYC with Urban Adventures

New York is a great city for cocktails, hence the Manhattan. If you’re visiting the Big Apple and looking to meet fellow travelers over drinks, consider a cocktail tour. On a recent summer visit we took a craft cocktail tour in NYC with Urban Adventures. This is a fun way to discover former speakeasies in…

Local Tips for Visiting Olympia, Greece

By Alex Kallimanis: Birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in 776 BC, Olympia is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece. Many tourists filter in through the cruise ship port Katakolo, which is lined with sandy beaches, restaurants and shops. Between Olympia and Katakalo is the town of Pyrgos, where my father was…