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Exploring Venice: Don’t Go to Venice in July

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This is the tenth in an eleven-part series covering my June/July 2019 trip to Slovenia and Venice. You can read my last post, reviewing my stay at the Hotel Gritti Palace, here. You can also check out some photos and video of my ride down the Grand Canal here. Venice… Read more »

Hotel Review: The Gritti Palace, Venice, a Luxury Collection Hotel

This is the ninth in an eleven-part series covering my June/July 2019 trip to Slovenia and Venice. You can read my last post, covering how I got from Piran to Venice, here. July in Venice was actually pretty awful. Walking through the streets, particularly in the San Marco area, could… Read more »

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles (ok, bus, train, and vaporetto): Getting from Piran to Venice

This is the eighth in an eleven-part series covering my June/July 2019 trip to Slovenia and Venice. You can read my last post, discussing my time on the Slovenian Coast in Piran and Portoroz, here. I’ve never had a strong desire to visit Venice, and am wary of crowds, but… Read more »

Changing Up the Blog: Fewer posts and more enjoying vacation

You may have noticed that in my series of posts about my summer Iceland trip, I skipped over my time exploring the South Coast and the Golden Circle.  Part of the reason is due to a busy summer at work, it took me awhile to get to editing my photos… Read more »

Journey Home: Milan Malpensa and Milan to JFK on American

I have flown through Rome Fiumcino airport many times, and, though it isn’t an amazing airport, it did not prepare me for the nightmare of Milan Malpensa. Getting to the airport was pretty easy, though early, as we took a 7:25 Malpensa Express train from Central Station right to the… Read more »

19 Hours in Milan: Alitalia CTA-LIN, the Hilton Milan, and exploring the city

This post is in two parts- (1) Catania Airport and my flight on Alitalia from Catania to Milan, and (2) my stay at the Hilton Milan and brief exploration of Milan Catania Airport and Alitalia Catania to Milan After two days in Sicily, it was time to make our way… Read more »

Two Days in Sicily: Catania, Mount Etna, and the Una Hotel Palace

Or really a day in a half. By the time we landed in Catania, it was already almost 7:30, and it took me a while to find a functioning ATM. (Note: following the signs to “Bank” at the Catania airport leads to a nonfunctional ATM, but there’s a functioning one… Read more »

3.5 Hours in Zurich, the Zurich Airport, and Zurich to Catania on Swiss/Edelweiss

Due to the delay of our American flight from New York, we ended up with only about 3.5 hours in Zurich, which isn’t a very long time to do anything but wander and get a decent feel for the city. We started with a walk down the Bahnhofstrasse, the main… Read more »

Three Nights, Three Cities: An American Delay from JFK to Zurich

As an extended Veterans’ Day trip, two friends of mine and I took advantage of a mistake fare from New York to Catania, in Sicily, with a fare of $270. The routing was a little bit kooky – flying American from JFK to Zurich, a 9 hour layover in Zurich,… Read more »

Trip Report: Madrid Part V: Flying with Shirley Maclaine and hundreds of Orthodox Jews on Alitalia FCO-JFK

The wallet situation was not the only unusual experience of my Madrid weekend. No, I had perhaps the strangest flight I’ve ever had on my return. I don’t quite remember why I decided on a 6am departure out of Madrid.  I’m sure it was cheaper than other options, but it… Read more »