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One of The Best Reasons
to Avoid I-95
and Take A1A

Google maps and Waze will both default to I-95 if you’re traveling north from Daytona, or south from Jacksonville. We’re going to tell you one of the best reasons to avoid I-95 and take A1A instead. It’s Hidden Gem #22, the Turtle Shack Cafe in Flagler Beach, Florida… and it’s likely you haven’t heard about […]

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Michael’s Restaurant
St. Augustine, Florida

It was time to visit Michael’s Restaurant in our quest for a romantic getaway in St. Augustine, Florida. This highly rated restaurant is a favorite of couples looking for a romantic dinner. We were ready to put it to the test. As we’d been to Collage the night before, the bar had been set pretty […]

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Collage Restaurant
St. Augustine, Florida

Back in November we made dinner reservations at Collage Restaurant for our New Year’s trip to St. Augustine. In mid-December, Collage had once again appeared on the Trip Advisor Top 100 List. Any remaining reservations for the holiday season instantly evaporated. The moral of this story is simple: if your romantic getaway includes dinner at […]

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Hotel Novecento, Venice, Italy

I was drawn to the Hotel Novecento by the photos of its beautiful rooms when I searched online for lodging in Venice, Italy. While we stayed there, I was impressed by their attentive but unobtrusive service. The Italian Air Traffic Controllers called a strike the day that we were to arrive in Venice. Once our […]

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Hotel della Signoria Florence, Italy

After spending four nights in a smaller boutique hotel in Venice, the Hotel della Signoria (HDS) in Florence was a big shift. For one, HDS has an elevator, a convenience that our knees greatly appreciated. Though it’s a small elevator, and the sign says that it can accommodate six people, we joked just how they […]

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Headin’ Home Arrivederci Roma – Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

“I’m leavin’ on a jet plane…” was running through my head as we finished packing, checked out of the hotel, and waited for the taxi to the airport. Adriel was hearing ‘Arriverderci, Roma!’ from the movie ‘Seven Hills of Rome‘. Either way, we’re headin’ home. Our taxi was a pleasant surprise…a Tesla! We noticed the […]

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Florentine All Saints Day

We had no idea what to expect for a Florentine All Saints Day, but we were about to find out. It was a sunny day in Florence after three days of cool drizzle. The view from the breakfast room was better than ever. We enjoyed our now usual breakfast of yogurt, European meats and cheeses, […]

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Relaxing Halloween in Florence

Late breakfast in the Hotel della Signoria’s breakfast room with great rooftop views kicked off our relaxing Halloween in Florence. We meandered through the nearby streets, visiting a market that appears each morning, and is taken down every night. Do these people start setting up at 3 am? Later, we met my daughter and her […]

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Exploring the Medici at the Galleria and Uffizi

We were up bright and early this morning for another The Tour Guy tour, this time for exploring the Medici at the Galleria and Uffizi. If we were lucky, we’d find some gelato too! I was a bit apprehensive leading up to this, given our exhaustion level after the Venice tour. I needn’t have worried. […]

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Golden View Open Bar at the Ponte Vecchio

The bartender at the Hotel della Signoria gladly shared ideas on where to find good food in Florence. Dinner at the Golden View Open Bar topped his list. We found the restaurant a short walk from the hotel, just over the Ponte Vecchio. We requested a table where we could enjoy the view of the […]