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

Ireland Travel Tips: Useful and Fun Advice

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…

Olympia, Greece: Local Tips for Visiting

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 beached and restaurants. Between Olympia and Katakalo is the town of Pyrgos, where my father was born….