Category Archives: Destination Spotlight

Photo essay of a particular place.

Something wicked this way comes… Mystery and intrigue are packed into the ancient stone walls of medieval Castel del Monte, a little village tucked into the hills of northern Abruzzo, in central Italy, where 450 people live. The setting is beautiful, perched on a slope overlooking the mountains and valleys of Campo Imperatore in the Gran […]

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Shhh…there’s a secret place, somewhere in a remote mountainous region of Italy, where you can tuck into an ancient stone village and transport yourself back into time. Medieval time to be exact.Abandoned homes scattered around a maze of narrow cobblestone streets, built centuries ago, have been turned into guest rooms for the intrepid traveler who […]

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Who doesn’t love an old castle? Rocca Calascio is the highest castle in Italy. Located 2 hours east of Rome in northern Abruzzo in the Gran Sasso National Park, it sits as the lower apex of a triangle between two tiny medieval stone villages, Santo Stefano di Sessanio to the west and Castel del Monte […]

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A room with a view… Last month my family and I traveled to northeastern Arizona over spring break, and stayed at a unique lodge at Monument Valley that certainly deserved it’s name, The View. Built in 2008 on a sandy ridge, every room at this Navajo owned hotel features a balcony that faces the famous […]

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  Whenever Día de los Muertos rolls around, the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrated from October 31-Nov 2nd, I think about the Yucatan, my favorite part of Mexico. Hoctun, about 15 minutes from Izamal, is likely the most colorful cemetery in the Yucatan. It’s worth the short drive to walk through a cemetery this time […]

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