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Small House in Italy

View from San Leo Castle
View from San Leo Castle, Le Marche Region

Destination: Italy


Book: A Small Place in Italy (1994; Lonely Planet paperback 1998,2008) by Eric Newby

Eric Newby’s travel writing does not show off.  As hinted by the title of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, about a treacherous hike over mountains in northern Afghanistan, he mastered understatement So what makes his travel writing so unforgettable, so essential, really, if you are enamored of travel literature? He conveys you to the place he is writing about by telling you the basic facts about the land and buildings. He draws unforgettable characters, speaking in their own quirky ways. And he makes his experiences your experiences. Continue reading Small House in Italy

FREE Parks FREE Guide

Earth Day Travel

Grizzly Bear along Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park
Grizzly Bear along Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park

Each year in April, the U. S. National Parks open their doors for free. (Many parks are free all year long, but more than 100 of the 397 parks have a charge.) During National Parks Week, April 21-April 29,coinciding with Earth Day, you can enter parks from Alaska’s Denali to Yosemite in California for no fee. See the list of fee-free parks here. This represents quite a savings, particularly if you have a whole family visiting one of the super-star parks like Grand Canyon.

This year the deal is sweetened by Lonely Planet offering a free e-guide to the 15 best experiences in the National Parks, from their print book Discover USA’s Best National Parks. Here’s the deal, in their own words: Continue reading FREE Parks FREE Guide

Family Friday: NYC

Family Travel Friday


Destination: New York City

Book: Lonely Planet’s Not-For-Parents Series:New York City: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know 

Review by Jennifer Close

Central Park, Broadway shows, and the Museum of Modern Art are just a few reasons that New York City has been on my list of places to visit for as long as I can remember. In all of our travels, somehow The Big Apple was always just out of reach. It was too expensive, too far from where we would be, not enough time, and just about any other reason you can think of. Now that we have children, New York City is still at the top of my travel list but I plan on adding Dylan’s Candy Bar, FAO Schwartz, the Brooklyn Bridge, and a Yankees game to that list. Continue reading Family Friday: NYC