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Tag: Tuscany

Destinations / Europe
Jun 2, 2018

Idyll in Italy

The hillside path winds downward past the crumbling stone ruins of some nameless, long-forgotten building. At the bottom, the ground levels out to accommodate a small lake filled with water that reflects the startling blue of the sky, and my husband James and I pause to relish the view. The fragrance of lemon blossoms fills the hot, dry air. Sounds drift toward us — voices, a barking dog, wind chimes hanging above a shop door in the small Tuscan village of Bagno Vignoni.

United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

Apr 30, 2018

Great Flower Destinations for a Family European Spring Getaway

If you thought the Rose Bowl was something, California has nothing on the Netherlands when it comes to Bloemencorso, the fragrant 42-kilometer festival route from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Twenty floats and 30 lavishly decorated cars (colorfully decked in tulips, of course, but also hyacinths and daffodils) parade annually for this colorful spectacle that also passes Keukenhof, one of the world’s most beautiful spring gardens. Open for just about two months out of the year, with mid-April being the peak, the grounds feature more than 7 million bulb flowers planted over 79 acres. It’s easily accessible from the bus and train stations of Schiphol, where the airport is located, or try renting a car to admire the coast of The Hague and Alkmaar in the north, where roadside flower fields are common. Hertz Europe’s NeverLostGPS includes travel guides, a language translator, and a portable mode to navigate where you’ve driven to on foot easier.

Destinations / Europe
Apr 15, 2018

Offbeat Places Kids Love in Italy

Taking children to Italy’s top destinations doesn’t have to mean standing in line at theme parks or constant searching for “kiddy” amusements. Kids love quirky places, and may not always find interesting the same places you do. So capture their imagination with offbeat, strange and outright bizarre experiences along with the great sights on your itinerary. Try these places the whole family will enjoy.

Destinations / Europe
Jan 29, 2018

La Dolce Vita in Tuscany

When Tuscans lift a glass of their beloved Brunello di Montalcino and say, “Salute” — “To your health” — they mean it. And they offer a lifestyle to make it possible. For amid those postcard-perfect Tuscan hill towns flow thermal springs where Etruscans and Romans soaked, and where medieval pilgrims rested their weary legs en route to Rome.

Sep 26, 2017

Italian Spas for the Whole Family

In Italy, going to a spa can be a family vacation. Several spas not only welcome kids and teens, but provide spa treatments and programs especially for them. These are usually in special facilities designed for young spa-goers and separated so they don’t interfere with the restful serenity of the adult baths and pools.