Ferrara WAS New York

During my trip a trusted Ferrarese told me about a graffiti artist in her city who spray-painted the phrase: Ferrara 500 anni fa era New York! It means ‘500 years ago Ferrara was New York”. So…. maybe not New York, but…. during the Renaissance Ferrara was a cultural and economic mecca. The 15th-century “Herculean Addition”, begun at…

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Italy: What to know before you go

Italy has Western Europe’s richest, craziest culture. This is perhaps why I feel so at home there. It is also very diverse, stretching from their German- flavored Alps through hill towns to sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches. It was the cradle of the Roman Empire, bringing “civilization” to Europe by way of Africa, India, and Greece. Here…

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Montana Hi-Line: Highway 2 Across MT & ND

From Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs we traveled east on Hwy 2. After Hinsdale, MT look on left for dinosaur figure statues by Buck Samuelson. Next is Glasgow where you can get gas, fast food, or shop at Albertsons. Glasgow and west on Hwy 2 is called the Montana Hi-Line. Glasgow begins gentle rolling hill country. Wolf…

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Avenue of the Saints

Avenue of the Saints is a highway system that goes from Saint Paul, Minnesota to Saint Louis, Missouri. When we left the Chippewa National Forest from Walker, Minnesota we headed towards Waterloo, Iowa. We didn’t know if we would make it in one day of driving but in our haste to get back home to…

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Escape PTSD With Travel?

Escape? Well… maybe. Not escape, exactly, but just like literal medicine helps lessen or alleviate physical symptoms of an illness, travel can help with mental health. Just being outdoors among the trees (a Japanese public health practice called forest bathing or shinrin-yoku) has been shown to lower the heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress…

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Travelista Packing For A Month In Italy – Travel Tips and Packing List

Italy is SO beautiful and is a must for anyone inspired by art, food, or history. It’s where Romans ruled, Boticelli painted, and Da Vinci changed the way we see the world. It’s where Gucci, Ferrari, and Fiat originate. It’s the place that showed the rest of us what “la dolce vita” truly means. There are so…

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City Girl Travels to Italy

I’ll be traveling to the Veneto and Emilia-Romagna for 40 days this fall! I will be blogging and vlogging about it, so if you want insider tips on European travel, click the follow button on the right. Also, follow my Instagram @countryboy_citygirl I thought I might use this post to share my travel experience with…

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Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs in Montana

2 Perfect Days in Sleeping Buffalo, MT The Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs has humble origins. A wildcat oil rigger testing for oil in the 1920s struck hot water at 3,100 feet, according to a 1962 Phillips County history. “During these years when bathtubs were not as plentiful as now, cowboys in the vicinity made use…

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Glacier National Park: Three Perfect Days

From Tacoma, WA we took I-90 through Coeur d’Alene, ID to St Regis where we transitioned onto a northbound route to Hot Springs, MT. From there we went directly to Glacier National Park.  Coeur d’Alene RV Resort in Post Falls, ID was a great stopping point. Level pads, wifi, and a pool. In Hot Springs,…

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