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Batti Batti Friggitoria

Fried Seafood and Veggies in Vernazza

If you are visiting Cinque Terre and  you love fried food (and let’s face it, who doesn’t), then a stop at Batti Batti Friggitoria is mandatory. This tiny restaurant, located on the main drag in Vernazza, serves up delicious fried seafood and vegetables in paper cones.… Continue Reading →

Batti Batti Focacceria

Tri Colore Focaccia at Batti Batti

Divine Focaccia in Vernazza

You know the moment. The clouds part, a ray of light beams, a choir of angels sings and you are happy to your very soul. That’s how we felt when we took our first bite of focaccia at Batti Batti in Vernazza. (It’s also how we felt when we took our second bite, and our third, and the next day when we went back for more.)

You see, at Batti Batti, focaccia isn’t some bastardized half-hearted pizza wannabe.… Continue Reading →

Swimming in Cinque Terre

The Secluded Beaches of Cinque Terre

So you have hiked the trails connecting the five towns of the Cinque Terre. You have walked up and down the hills and are sweating under the blazing Mediterranean sun. You have taken no fewer than 1200 hundred pictures of the azure-blue sea and you are just dying for a dip in it to cool off.… Continue Reading →

Hiking in Cinque Terre

The World-Famous Trail 2

Cinque Terre’s biggest draw for visitors is the hiking trail linking the five towns. Until the railroad came to town some hundred years ago, this winding footpath was the only terrestrial connection the towns had to each other and to the outside world. Spend an afternoon hiking the trails and you will see that visiting the next town over is more difficult that it sounds.… Continue Reading →

Paris Sewer Museum

Le Musée des Égouts de Paris

One of the hallmarks of a great civilization is the ability to undertake massive waterworks projects so that its citizens don’t die a tragic, horrible and swift death from cholera or typhus. The Romans had their massive aqueducts, the Americans their Chicago River Project and the Parisians their sewers.… Continue Reading →

Librairie Ulysse

Travel Book Store on the Île Saint-Louis

Walking down the rue Saint-Louis en Île, it’s hard to tell what the Librairie Ulysse holds at first glance. The windows are a little dim, and tourists and school children are milling about, eating ice cream from Berthillon; it doesn’t even really look open…as a matter of fact, the odds are that it isn’t open.… Continue Reading →

Photo Friday: Red Rooster Cafe

Red Rooster Cafe Sign

The Red Rooster Cafe serves up Cornish classics in beautiful Mineral Point, WI.
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Gear Review: Preserve Toothbrush

Preserve Toothbrush

A green travel toothbrush for your dopp kit

Let’s face it, traveling can be tough. Airport delays can leave you stranded at O’Hare for a harrowing amount of time. Driving through North Dakota can leave you feeling like a zombie. That’s why taking a few minutes to freshen up and make yourself feel human can make the slog parts of traveling more bearable.… Continue Reading →

Photo Friday: Trempealeau, Wisconsin

Trempealeau, Perrot State Park

Perrot State Park

The Mississippi River is one of the most breathtaking sights in America, and we’d venture to say that it’s prettiest point is right here in Wisconsin, near a little town called Trempealeau. Wouldn’t you agree?
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Cochon Butcher

Cochon Butcher Sign

Want to find the best sandwich shop in New Orleans?

Just look for the place with the line of people out the door and the half-dozen garbage cans on the curb.

Located just around the corner from its higher-end sibling Cochon, Cochon Butcher counters the traditional New Orleans muffaletta-and-po’boy crowd with its own delicious takes on traditional sandwiches.… Continue Reading →