Culture

Florence Photo Blog

Florence Photo Blog

An entire city that could be dubbed a ‘museum without walls’, Florence offers an unending feast for the eyes. In this photo blog by Freethedust and Maggie Johnson, you can take a virtual tour among it’s cobbled stoned streets, iconic sites, masterful artworks, delicious foods, and jaw-dropping vistas. No doubt you’ll be pining to visit Florence by the end!

Meet Our Partner: ANAPOO Association

Meet Our Partner: ANAPOO Association

Beyond a condiment, true virgin and extra virgin olive oil is an essential staple of the Italian diet, with an impressive host of health benefits, flavor compositions, and a variety of uses. To preserve and nurture the continued cultivation of quality olive oil in Italy, the work of our community partner is inspiring.

On the Camino de Santiago

On the Camino de Santiago

We sat down with Gina Cornejo - yoga instructor extraordinaire for our Retreat to Spain trip which is focused in the Camino region - to delve into her knowledge and experiences of the Camino de Santiago. Her multiple trips and hikes along different routes of the Camino have given her a wonderful insight in to the region, the history, and most importantly the feeling of what it’s like to explore this pilgrim’s path.

Living in Portugal: Insight from an Expat

Living in Portugal: Insight from an Expat

We love to look at a city from the eyes of one who absorbs it every day, so we reached out to Véro J.L. Van Grieken. A transplant from Lummen, Belgium, Véro has lived in Lisbon for more than 6 years and founded the community group Yes You Can Spray, which promotes social activism and inclusion through street art. Here’s what she had to say.

Meet Our Partner: Yes You Can Spray

Meet Our Partner: Yes You Can Spray

Upon a first visit to Lisbon – a city of castles, fado, and seaport vistas - you might be met by an unexpected surprise: The prevalence of graffiti. Rather than writing this off as an act of novice, we looked to embrace this art form and recognize its historic role as a political voice and its current impact for social inclusion.

Cinque Terre in 10 Photos

Cinque Terre in 10 Photos

Known for its breathtaking vistas, rugged coastal terrain, and charming buildings overlooking the sea, the picturesque villages that make up Cinque Terre are a destination worth traveling to. Italian travel photographer Andrea Flisi takes us on a photo journey of this UNESCO World Heritage site along the Italian Riviera.

Machu Picchu in Poetry: A Haiku

Machu Picchu in Poetry: A Haiku

Adventurous traveler and deep thinker Betty Deitch joined our 2018 Machu Picchu trip and wrote a beautiful Haiku (俳句) about the experience. Characterized by 17 symbols and 3 versus, this historic form of poetry is both beautiful and through-provoking. This touched us so much that we just had to share!