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Oct 7 2016

The San Benedetto Market: A cornerstone of Sardinian life

Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and the city you're most likely to first visit on the island, since the airport and major port are there. The capital is the hub of many of the arts and culture of the island, and is more bustling than some of the slow-moving smaller towns. There's no place that fact is more in evidence that at the San Benedetto Market, the city's main market and the place where Sardinians buy all of their food. 

                   Fresh fish for sale at the San Benedetto Market; photo courtesy of the Sardinia Tourism Board.

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Aug 18 2015

travel42 Best Of: Top 10 boutique-hotels around the world

Category: Best Of | HotelsMegan Leader @ 05:57

I have a slight obsession with hotels. And since I'm among travel aficionados here, I know I'm not alone... you're probably familiar with that feeling you get when you stumble across an incredible property that just takes your breath away. It sticks with you. You immediately want to book a client there because you know they'll adore it. And you may be a little depressed because you would give anything just to move in and live there... if only you were independently wealthy!

But I digress. I got that feeling over and over while putting together this list of top 10 boutique hotels around the world. These properties exhibit gorgeous design and personality, and some of these are on my personal bucket list as destinations in themselves.

Florence boutique hotel

1. J.K. Place Firenze, Florence, Italy. Located right on Piazza Santa Maria Novella, this stylish boutique property is less than five minutes from the train station as well as from the Duomo. The top-floor terrace has great views of More...

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Aug 5 2014

5 hotels for art lovers

Category: Megan Leader @ 05:56

It's one thing to get your art fix at a museum during your travels, but it's an entirely different thing to wake up each morning surrounded by inspiring works of art.  These five hotels make this possible with impeccably designed interiors that will make you question whether you even need to leave your hotel room at all!

 

Hotel Le Bellechasse, Paris. I first came across this hotel about two years ago on travel42, and its eccentric beauty has haunted me ever since. Rooms are decorated floor-to-ceiling with larger-than-life art (even the ceilings are covered in elaborate designs)! Motifs evoke nature and include butterflies, the moon and stars, and underwater scenes. While I tend to enjoy the eccentric, travel42's hotel correspondent included a disclaimer about the rooms here: "Like prescription bottles with those familiar labels, these rooms should carry a warning that they should not be mixed with alcohol or drugs of any kind. (Rest assured that there is a 24-hour pharmacy adjacent to the hotel.)"  More...

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May 28 2014

How to take stunning travel photos in Florence

Category: Destinations | GeneralMegan Leader @ 05:11

Botticelli, Michelangelo, Dante, Brunelleschi... Florence was home to the biggest names of Renaissance art, literature and architecture. This city was and continues to be a hotbed of creativity and inspiration. In addition to the sheer volume of priceless art Florence holds, its architecture and skyline are enough to inspire anyone to capture its beauty.

Thankfully, even if we all don't have Michelangelo's creative eye, we do have amazing techology at our fingertips today. It's easier than ever to snap photos that are worth hanging in our homes. Here are our top tips for getting your best travel photography in Florence.

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Feb 24 2014

Milan's dazzling nightlife scene

Category: Destinations | NightlifeMegan Leader @ 04:25

Italy's edgy fashion capital, Milan, is full of surprises at every turn. From innovative dining to exquisite architecture and designer boutiques, this is one city that won't bore you. And while you might expect Italy's nightlife to consist mostly of intimate enotecas and trattorias, Milan offers a breadth of Italian classics as well as out-of-the-box bars and live music venues. Here are just a few of our favorites.

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Apr 30 2013

Why a local tour could be the best part of your next trip

Category: Destinations | Recreation | SightseeingMegan Leader @ 11:33

Our destination guides are packed with helpful information for travelers to create thousands of potential itineraries, but one of the most valuable sections of our destination guides can be the "local tours." As you know, travel42 correspondents update our destination guides with trusted, tried-and-true information, but this is especially helpful when it comes to a local tour. (Raise your hand if you've ever been subject to an incredibly boring tour, or one with a less-than-knowledgeable guide! ...My hand's up.)

Some travelers prefer to skip out on classes or tours to see the local sights themselves. I think it depends on your travel style, but for most people, including a locally hosted tour or class into your itinerary can be the best part of your trip. Here are a few examples of local tours I've taken that made all the difference in my vacations. More...

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Apr 4 2013

Leading hotels to add to your bucket list

Category: Hotels | ListsMegan Leader @ 06:02

If you've read the travel42 blog for any amount of time, you know that Christine, Cindy, Karen and I are constantly adding new destinations and hotels to our bucket lists. When you read hotel reviews and destination guides all day, every now and then you'll stumble upon a place that you know you have to try to see for yourself. (As travel agents, I'm sure you know this better than anyone!) Even if the prices are astronomical, we can dream, right?

Here are five exquisite properties that I've recently stumbled upon thanks to travel42 that have made their way to my bucket list, and I thought I'd share them with you today. More...

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Feb 8 2013

6 Italian hotels worthy of note

Category: Favorites | Hotels | Lists | On The SceneCindy @ 06:23

Italy has such a plethora of fabulous hotels, it’s hard to pick just a few that truly stand out. Of course, most everyone knows the Hotel de Russie is perhaps the best in Rome, and there’s also the Hotel Eden, a Royal Meridien Hotel, and Hotel Hassler Roma. Venice has the Ca’ Sagredo, Bauer Il Palazzo and Luna Hotel Baglioni, and Florence the Hotel Lungarno, Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, and Hotel Savoy. More...

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Dec 19 2012

Planning a trip to trace your family heritage

I once took a seminar in college that was all about tracing family history. It was easily one of the most valuable experiences of my college career. Hours each week were spent discussing the eras in which our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents lived, as well as the world-changing events that shaped their lives. I scoured genealogical websites, poring through census records and newspaper clippings. It was incredibly rewarding to finish the semester with a scrapbook full of personal interviews and physical mementos of my family history.

The view of the countryside from the town of Roccanova.

So when I moved to Italy for a semester, I decided to take a solo trip to the tiny town my father's distant relatives are from: Roccanova, in the Basilicata region of Italy. I simply went to explore the town and gain some perspective, but I left having met distant family and having made new friends. I would highly recommend that any family interested in tracing their heritage try to plan an international trip of this nature, just to give context to the lives of their ancestors. More...

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Nov 9 2012

Three European cities to visit during the holidays

Category: DestinationsMegan Leader @ 10:32

I'm not sure where this year went, but the holidays are swiftly approaching, and for many families, that means it's time for a vacation! If you have Europe on your must-visit list, I have three beautiful destinations in mind that are just perfect to visit during the holidays.

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