Italy is a virtual treasure trove of fascinating destinations for the first-time visitor. The most difficult decision you’ll be faced with is what to see and where to visit. Here are 13 of the best destinations in Italy to consider to help make your vacation an unforgettable experience.
The Alcazar dominates the skyline of Toledo and is located prominently at the highest point in the city. The massive stone fortress has seen its share of Spanish history and today houses the Museum of the Army.
No visit to Chicago is complete without a visit to Cloud Gate. Affectionately known as the Bean, this one-of-a-kind sculpture has become the star attraction in the Windy City.
Check out Chicago’s pizza scene one slice at a time with Chicago’s Original Pizza Tour. There is no better way to sample the best pizza in the Windy City than this fun and entertaining guided tour.
The Chicago skyline is an architectural masterpiece, and there is no better way to view it while hearing the history of the city than on Chicago’s Architecture River Cruise.
Traveling to Italy in August can present some daunting issues, not the least of which is the weather, and the perception that Italy takes the entire month of August off.
Madrid’s modern vibe hides a city packed with history, culture, and art. With lively plazas, bustling markets, and a host of world-class museums there is much to experience in Spain’s vibrant capital.
Granada is blessed with a long, rich history that makes it one of Spain’s most coveted destinations. Famous for the iconic Alhambra, there is much to see in this jewel of southern Spain.
The Royal Stables of Cordoba provide visitors with the rare opportunity to experience the amazing Andalusian horses. Whether attending the nightly show or the daily practice session, I think you will be in awe of these majestic creatures.
A visit to the Alhambra is a step back in time to a magical period of sultans, emirs, and the last Muslim dynasty in Spain. If you are visiting Granada, then you must visit the Alhambra.
A wonderful day trip from Seville is a visit to the famed White Villages of Andalusia. These small communities provide an authentic experience and offer a glimpse into the laid-back lifestyle of southern Spain.
Cordoba is an easy day trip from Seville and is home to one of the world’s greatest examples of religious diversity and tolerance—the incredible Mezquita. But there's more to the town than that. Join me on a tour of the best that Cordoba has to offer.
Seville has quietly become one of the top destinations in the world due to its wonderful architecture, fascinating history, and host of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From its massive cathedral to the colorful art of Flamenco, there is something here for everyone.
The Cathedral of Seville is one of the world’s great cathedrals, combining Moorish elements from its days as a mosque with its current Gothic design. It is the largest cathedral in the world and forms the heart and soul of historic Seville.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in North America. Heading north from Asheville for just 50 miles gives visitors a great opportunity to experience some of the most scenic parts of this national treasure.
The New Belgium Brewery is consistently rated as the top brewery tour in the Asheville area. Their fun and engaging tour guides will make your visit a memorable experience.
The beautiful Biltmore Estate is Asheville’s most visited destination and a must-see on any visit to western North Carolina. The château, gardens, winery, and extensive grounds will make any visit to the estate a memorable experience.
With so many sites to see across Italy, is it worth the time and effort to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa? That is the question everyone wants an answer to—to visit or not to visit?
Washington DC’s finest monuments can be seen in an easy do-it-yourself 3-hour walking tour. If you are just passing through the area and have a few hours to spare, take a break, stretch those legs, and experience Washington DC’s most wonderful memorials and monuments.
When it comes to beautiful cathedrals, no one does it better than Italy. Step inside seven of its grandest cathedrals on our journey across the country.
For a relaxing and scenic kayaking option, check out the newly opened Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park kayak launch. The winding inlets, small ponds, and salt marsh make for an interesting and stress-free adventure.
Lake Como is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy and an easy day trip from Milan. Soaring mountains, charming lakeside villages, and stunning scenery make this a must-see when visiting Milan.
If you are visiting Milan, do not miss out on the once in a lifetime opportunity to see Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Last Supper.
Milan may not be at the top of your list when visiting Italy, but it certainly has its share of sites, culture, and history.
If your travels are taking you to Lucca and you’re wondering where to stay, look no further. Relais San Lorenzo is located in a beautifully restored palace and offers an exceptional level of service.
Beautiful Lucca endears itself to all who visit this medieval Tuscan gem. Its massive and intact walls hide an assortment of cobblestone streets, Romanesque churches, and soaring towers.
The Cinque Terre are not the only beautiful villages on the Ligurian Coast. Porto Venere is every bit as stunning but much less busy.
For a fascinating look at the future of aviation, head to Everett for the Boeing Factory Tour. This amazing facility is home to Boeing’s latest aircraft, including the 777X and 787 Dreamliner.
If your travels are taking you to Seattle, do not pass up the opportunity to visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. This amazing exhibit highlights the work of renowned artist Dale Chihuly.
Pelican Island NWR was established in 1903 as the very first protected area of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Over 100 years later there are over 560 Wildlife Refuge areas for visitors to enjoy.
Considered one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in the world, Cinque Terre has become a must see destination with abundant hiking trails, excellent local cuisine, and an old world charm.
A bucket list destination for the longest time, we finally made it to New Orleans and the famed French Quarter. It was a quick visit and with just 24 hours to explore, we hit the ground running.
One Day is never enough when visiting New York City. We are fortunate to live close enough to experience many one days in the Big Apple. Join us for a long yet very rewarding day tooling around NYC.
It all started here! If you are visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina make it a priority to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial. This site is an amazing piece of American history.
Seeing the wild mustangs roaming freely along the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a thrilling and amazing sight. These horses are living free much as their ancestors have for the last 500 years.
For almost 200 years the Springfield Armory was the manufacturing hub for US Military firearms. From 18th century muskets to the weapons that turned the tide in WWII the Armory has it all on display.
The Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts is home to a number of small, charming wineries. Discover the vineyards and wineries that are putting western Massachusetts on the wine map.
Our latest trip to the Tampa area took us to the turquoise waters and beautiful sandy beach of Caladesi Island for a morning of kayaking, beach combing and wildlife viewing.
It may be small in size, but Rhode Island has so much to offer. Whether you're planning a visit or just curious, here is everything you need to know about the beautiful Ocean State.
Established in 1951, the Fannie Stebbins Memorial Wildlife Refuge provides hikers and bird enthusiasts with a chance to explore over 330 acres of pristine floodplain land along the Connecticut River.
The west coast of Florida is home to a number of wonderful state and county parks. Among them is A. L. Anderson Park, located in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Yet another fascinating kayaking destination is the Anclote River Park located in Hudson, Florida. Coastal mangroves, sleepy inlets, and amazing wildlife abound here on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Another great kayaking spot on Florida's gulf coast is the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. Located in Port Richey just north of Tampa this unknown gem offers great scenery and amazing wildlife.
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most recognizable and celebrated monuments in Paris. Sitting atop the Champs-Elysees the Arc has stood witness to almost 200 years of French history.
What do you do with an old, weed-infested concrete bridge with no discernible use? You turn it into a one-of-a-kind flowering landmark. Welcome to The Bridge of Flowers, the pride of Shelburne Falls.
Worried about the language barrier on an upcoming trip to France? With just a few key words and phrases you'll be conversing with the locals and navigating your way around France with ease.
Worried about how to get around Paris once you get there? Fear not! While Paris is indeed large and intimidating, with a little knowledge and planning you'll be cruising Paris like a local.
If your travels are taking you to Normandy to see the D-Day beaches, consider spending a few nights in charming Bayeux. It’s the perfect place to base yourself to experience all that Normandy has to offer.
This magnificent monument that rises dramatically from the sea is one of France's most iconic images. One can only wonder at the long and storied history behind the fortified walls of Mont St-Michel.
The Sandoway House Nature Center has been educating visitors of all ages on the diverse marine life of southeast Florida since they first opened their doors in 1998. It's definitely worth a visit next time you're in Delray Beach!
As the most visited and photographed chateau of the Loire Valley, the stunning Chateau Chenonceau is a treasure trove of French history. Perched over the River Cher, Chenonceau is a site to behold.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Loire Valley is one of France's magnificent grand chateaux, Chateau d'Amboise. This chateau has the ideal setting on a bluff above the charming town of Amboise.
The Cotee River and the James E. Grey Preserve are located on the Great Florida Birding Trail in New Port Richey and offer a scenic and relaxing kayak experience.
In a small hamlet just a few miles from Utah Beach in Normandy is a 12th century church that holds an amazing story of sacrifice and bravery. Meet Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore, the angels of mercy.
Welcome to Paris! For the first time visitor there is so much to see and do. For a short list of the top sites of Paris and some tips on making the most of your time check out my top ten of Paris.
Looking for a day-trip from Paris that you can do on your own? For a wonderful experience head to Giverny and Claude Monet's Home and Gardens. What Monet created here is simply amazing.
Looking for a charming and historic chateau in the Loire Valley to call home for a few days? Set among the vineyards in the perfect French country setting is the wonderful Chateau de Pintray.
A visit to the Louvre doesn't have to be an exhausting experience. With a little planning and know-how you can save valuable time and energy while visiting one of the world's most revered museums.
Looking for a charming boutique hotel in Paris that's clean, reasonable, and convenient? Owners Catherine and Josef Wehrle have created the perfect Parisian retreat at the New Orient Hotel.
No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to the grand Cathedral of Notre Dame. This Gothic masterpiece of French architecture is one of the worlds great cathedrals and is a must see in Paris.
Eating in Paris doesn't have to be difficult or outragously expensive. Just locate Bistro Le Coin and keep going back. This small bistro was the gastronomic highlight of our Paris culinary odyssey.
If your travels are taking you to the Normandy coast of France, consider a stopover in beautiful Bayeux and Le Manoir Sainte Victoire. This charming B&B is the place to stay.
If you're into antiques and collectibles, then welcome to the Brimfield Antique Show, the largest outdoor show of its kind in the world. If you can't find it here, you're just not looking hard enough.
One of the more interesting things you can do when visiting the Vatican is to take the Scavi Tour of the Necropolis below St. Peter's Basilica. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Looking for an easy garden project that anyone can do? Try building your own cedar raised garden bed. It's easy, cheap, and you'll reap the benefits for years to come.
If you're looking for an outdoor adventure while visiting southeast Florida, consider visiting one of these wonderful nature and wildlife centers. They offer a great break from the beach.
With just under three days to see all the sites in Washington DC, we knew we had a difficult task ahead of us. While we didn't get to everything, we did make quite a dent in our effort to see it all.
An in-depth look at Celebrity's Solstice class ship the Silhouette. Our cruise took us through the beautiful eastern Mediterranean to some amazing ports. The good, the bad and everything in between.
Not many visitors to Delray Beach, Florida, are probably expecting to find a beautiful Japanese Garden just eight miles from the shore. But that's exactly what you'll find here at the Morikami Gardens.
With just one day to spend in Athens we knew exactly what we wanted to see. Check out our full day in Athens visiting the Temples of the Ancient Acropolis and the stunning new Acropolis Museum.
A walk through beautiful Chania is the perfect way to spend a leisurely day while visiting Crete. It's possible to see the best that this lively and colorful harbor town has to offer in just one day.
If you are visiting Rhodes for just a day be sure to visit the Palace of the Grand Master. Located within Medieval Old Rhodes Town, the palace is a stunning tribute to the history of this Greek Island.
Mykonos is one of those Greek Islands that most people visit as part of a cruise. So with just one day to spend on this beautiful, sunny island what's one to do? Read on for our One Day in Mykonos.
Considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Santorini certainly lives up to its lofty reputation. Come along for a tour of this stunning Mediterranean Island and I think you'll agree.
One of the greatest archaeological sites in the Mediterranean region is without-a-doubt the ancient Greek and Roman city of Ephesus. Come along for a walk through over five thousand years of history.
The Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Lower Barrakka Gardens of Valletta both offer stunning views of the Grand Harbor. No visit to Malta is complete without a visit to Valletta's beautiful gardens.
Located on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta is one of the grandest cathedrals in Europe and one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture. Welcome to St John's Co-Cathedral.
Heading to the Island of Capri? Check out my guide for an easy and stress-free trip to one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Whether you're visiting Capri for a day or a week, you'll want to visit the Gardens of Augustus. Located just a few minutes outside of Capri, the Gardens offer some of the best views on the island.
No visit to the Isle of Capri is complete without a trip to the top of Mount Solaro. For the best views of the island, take the ride on the Mount Solaro chair lift to the top of Capri.
For amazing views and stunning scenery take a ride up the Lagazuoi Cable Car at Falzarego Pass in the heart of the Dolomites. Located just west of Cortina d'Ampezzo this area is rich in history.
Relatively unknown outside of Africa, the Madagascar Fish Eagle is one of the rarest raptors in the world. With only a few hundred individuals left this majestic sea eagle faces an uncertain future.
Getting around in Venice can be a fun, yet challenging, adventure. With a little knowledge about the vaporetto system, you can traverse the canals of Venice with ease and without worry.
The island of Murano is famous all over the world for its amazing Murano glass. Visitors to this small island in the Venetian Lagoon can watch as artists perform this centuries-old craft.
Famous for its brightly colored homes and handmade lace, Burano Island offers a welcome change from the hectic pace of Venice. There is oh so much to love about Burano.
Castel Sant'Angelo is one of the most impressive buildings in all of Rome. Once the Mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian, today the towering castle is the National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo.
The African Crowned Eagle is the most powerful of Africa's "Big Three" eagle species. This large and colorful raptor with the double crest and menacing look is found only in sub-Saharan Africa.
Agriturismo Le Caggiole is located just outside of the medieval town of Montepulciano. The beautifully restored farmhouse is the perfect setting for a visit to the Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany.
The Piazza del Campo is one of the greatest public squares in all of Italy. Located in the historic center of Siena, this medieval gathering place is the heart and soul of the city.
The Andean Condor is one of the largest birds of prey in the world. Their 10 foot wingspan is a sight to behold as they grace the skies above the Andes Mountains of South America.
Looming high above Taormina is one of the most stunning medieval villages in all of Sicily. Castelmola is friendly and welcoming and just happens to have some of the most spectacular views anywhere.
One of the most beautiful mountain top vistas in the northeast is located in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York and is accessible via the Veterans Memorial Highway.
Known for its beautiful churches, palaces, and scenery, Scicli is a must stop on any tour of Sicily. Rebuilt in the Baroque style following the 1693 earthquake, Scicli is simply stunning.
The Eurasian Eagle Owl is one of the largest owls in the world. With its bright orange eyes and unique facial disk, this large yet beautiful bird of prey is found throughout Europe and Asia.
One of the most beautiful Baroque communities in Sicily is the charming Noto. Totally rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693, this quaint town is known for its amazing Baroque architecture.
Located in the magnificent Val Rendena of northern Italy is the beautiful alpine village of Pinzolo. With soaring mountains, waterfalls, and incredible natural scenery this is an outdoor paradise.
The Verreaux's Eagle is one of Africa's largest and most impressive birds of prey. Found throughout the mountains of southern and eastern Africa, this beautiful eagle is also known as the Black Eagle.
A must see on any visit to Taormina is the ancient Teatro Greco or Greek Theatre. This archaeological wonder is located in one of the most beautiful settings and is remarkably well preserved.
Young Tianlang Guan made history at the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament when he became the youngest player to ever compete here. The 14 year-old also became the youngest player to ever make the cut.
Undoubtedly one of the finest museums in the world, the Uffizi is a must see on any visit to Florence. Learn some valuable tips to avoid the long lines and make the most of your visit.
What was supposed to be a day of celebration in the city of Boston quickly turned into another senseless tragedy. While I am happy that my family and friends are safe I grieve for the innocent victims.
The Barn Owl is the most common owl found throughout the world and certainly one of the most recognizable due to its unique heart shaped face. Learn all about this beautiful and stealthy bird of prey.
Thinking about taking that trip of a lifetime to Italy? Well it's time to stop thinking and start planning. If you're looking for a reason to go, read on for my ten really good reasons to visit Italy.
Considered the "Last Great Race" on earth, the Iditarod takes place each March in the great state of Alaska. These amazing athletes are in their element as they retrace the historic Iditarod Trail.
For a refreshing change of pace on your visit to Sicily discover the beautiful Alcantara Gorge. Formed by Mount Etna thousands of years ago this beautiful slice of Sicily is the perfect retreat.
Project Sole Survivor is a documentary by independent filmmaker Ky Dickens. It takes a look at the lives of four individuals who were the sole-survivor of a large commercial airplane crash.
If you're looking for a pristine beach without the crowds, and don't mind sharing your space with eagles, owls, and an armadillo or two, then check out Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, Florida.
They may not be the most beautiful Bird of Prey, but the Turkey Vulture plays a crucial role in nature's cycle of life. Graceful in flight, this New World vulture is quite the social character.
The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA is one of the finest air museums in the country. For a great look at the aircraft of yesteryear and today, plan a visit to this amazing tribute to aviation.
The February Athlete of the Month goes to Banana Joe. Never heard of this little guy? Check out his amazing story as he took on all competitors on his sports grandest stage, the Westminster Dog Show.
Many great female tennis players have graced the courts over the years. Ever wonder who the best of the best is? Here is my list of the top 10 female tennis players of the Open Era.
A lot of great tennis players have come and gone over the years. Ever wonder who is considered the greatest of all time? Here is my list of the top ten greatest men's tennis players of the Open Era.
The Big E is New England's largest and most diverse state fair. This annual event takes place over 17 days every September and has something for everyone, from agriculture to entertainment to food.
One of the largest and most endangered eagles in the world, the Philippine Eagle is only found on four islands in the Philippines. Is it too late to save the king of the Philippine rainforest?
Known as the Sponge Capital of the World, Tarpon Springs is a very unique community full of Greek culture and heritage that makes for the perfect day trip from the Tampa or Clearwater area.
For a great adventure and something a little different on your next trip to the west coast of Florida check out Paddling Adventures for a kayak or canoe trip down the Weeki Wachee River.
Looking to keep your running regimen going through the winter? With a few tips and precautions you can run through the winter safely and in relative comfort. It's a great time of year to run.
Novak Djokovic is on top of the tennis world. Fresh off of his third consecutive Australian Open Tennis title, Djokovic is currently the top ranked player in the world.
Thinking about taking your pet along on your next vacation? Read on for some useful tips and advice to help make the entire process as seamless and stress free as possible.
Tired of overspending for your dog's treats? Why not make them yourself? It's a simple procedure, and you just might save yourself a few bucks in the process.
Buried by Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, Pompeii stands today much as it did in the first century. This archaeological time capsule gives us a glimpse of early Roman life as it was almost two thousand years ago.
The Martial Eagle is one of the largest Eagles in the world and is found only in sub-Saharan Africa. This beautiful bird of prey is Africa's largest eagle and one of the most powerful raptors in Africa.
Everything you need to know about Italy's three active volcanoes: Etna, Stromboli, and Vesuvius. These geological wonders draw millions of visitors every year for the many adventurous outdoor activities that they offer.
Follow Phiona Mutesi's amazing story as she rises from the poverty and despair of Katwe, Uganda, through the game of chess. After reading her story you'll find it hard not to root for Phiona.
The Steller's Sea Eagle is one of the largest and most powerful Birds of Prey found throughout the world. Take a look at this impressive eagle that is found only in the northeastern reaches of Asia.
The mosaics of Monreale are one of the greatest artistic creations in Italian history. Located on a hill just outside of Palermo on the island of Sicily, is the grand Cathedral of Monreale. This is the one church that you don't want to miss!
Welcome to the home of the amazing Donut Cake. This creative creation is brought to you by the wonderful folks at Allie's Donuts. Add this one to your bucket list, it's that good!
It's big and bright and shines through the night. Bright Nights at Forest Park is the largest Holiday Lighting display in New England. This annual celebration is a wonderful way to get you into the holiday spirit.
R. A. Dickey just completed one of the great comeback stories in Major League Baseball history. From relative obscurity to winner of the 2012 National League CY Young Award, it was an amazing year for Dickey. All this when most baseball players are in the twilight of their careers.
Are your favorite shoes still in good shape except for that worn heel? Shoe Goo is an amazing product that can prolong or repair your favorite footwear. It has been used for over 40 years by tennis players and runners alike to extend the life of their footwear.
A complete first-hand review of Bed and Breakfast You and Me. Conveniently located in the heart of Venice, this charming bed and breakfast makes for the perfect retreat while visiting Italy.
A review of the Masseria Quartarella in Modica, Sicily. For a first hand look at this unique bed and breakfast located in the hills just outside of Modica. For a true Sicilian experience pay a visit to this wonderful corner of Sicily.
One of Sicily's most famous archaeological sites is without a doubt the Valley of the Temples. Located just outside of Agrigento, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a must-see when visiting Sicily.
From beautiful beaches and a picture perfect setting to the ancient cathedral built by the Normans, Cefalu is one of those undiscovered gems that should not be missed if you are visiting Sicily.
Meet the Harpy Eagle, one of the largest and most powerful birds in the world. Learn everything you need to know about this beautiful bird of prey that makes its home in the rain-forests of Central and South America.
Considered one of the best pure hitters in all of baseball, Miguel Cabrera capped a great season by winning Baseball's Triple Crown. Get the latest on Cabrera's season for the ages.
Connected to Siracusa by three bridges, Ortygia is home to some of Sicily's greatest archaeological treasures. If you are planning a trip to Sicily a visit to Siracusa and Ortygia are a must see.
Ever wonder exactly what Obamacare is all about? Formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), this health care reform law makes drastic changes to health care in the United States. This summary provides everything you need to know.
Everything you need to know to select the right running shoe for your foot type. Not all running shoes are created equally. Learn how to determine your foot shape and which type of shoe is right for you.
Thinking about running a 5K? This five-week training plan will get you to the finish line. Designed for the beginning runner, this program gradually takes you all the way to the finish.
Everything you need to know to plan your visit to one of the finest archaeological sites in all of Sicily, possibly in all of Italy. For ticket information, hours, maps, tips and more check out this comprehensive guide to one of Siracusa’s most impressive tourist sites.
Planning a trip to Taormina? Discover all there is to see and do in this comprehensive guide to the jewel of Sicily. Taormina has something for everyone and is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Italy.
Our September, 2012, Athlete of the Month is Oscar Pistorius. They call him the Blade Runner and he runs like the wind. Read the amazing story of Oscar Pistorius and his incredible summer of 2012.
Everything you need to know to make a day trip from Venice to the Dolomites. Don't miss an opportunity to experience some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the world and it's all just a short drive from Venice.
No city in the world can compare to Venice. My top 10 list of sights in Venice will take you off the beaten path as well as to all of the must see attractions. Check it out and get your walking shoes on.
He was a true American hero. Pilot, Astronaut, Veteran, and of course the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. Neil Armstrong certainly had all the right stuff.
Get all the information you need to plan a visit to the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Massachusetts. This beautiful Victorian-era home was once the residence of William Skinner and his family.
Welcome to Sorrento. This beautiful seaside community makes a great base for visiting the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and of course Pompeii. It also has so much to offer in its own right.
There were many outstanding athletic performances at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Too many to select just one. Our August, 2012, athlete of the month goes to the entire US Olympic team.
Are you tired throughout the day? Feel like you're not getting enough rest? Has your partner noticed that you seem to stop breathing periodically during the night? If so, you may a disorder called sleep apnea.
A visit to the Great New England Air Show makes for a wonderful day. See some of the most amazing aircraft on display along with some incredible aerial acrobatics. Check out everything you need to know for a great day.
Your guide to visiting the beautiful Amalfi coast. Travel along this twisting, mountain hugging road all the way from Sorrento to Positano, Amalfi, and on to the city of music, Ravello.
Interested in writing on-line. Check out my six month review of my experience here on HubPages. It's been quite a ride, and very addicting. I can firmly state that I'm here for the long run.
Back from the brink of extinction, the California Condor is making a dramatic comeback. Learn everything you need to know about this Bird of Prey and it's remarkable recovery.
Honoring and remembering American hero Sally Ride. Forever to be remembered as the first American woman to ride into space.
Tour de France Champ. Olympic gold medalist. Seems that Bradley Wiggins is on a roll. Check out this guide to this years king of cycling.
The Great Horned Owl is one of the largest and most recognizable members of the owl family. Learn everything you need to know about this very adaptable and aggressive Bird of Prey.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the newest airliner to be entered into service by the Boeing Aircraft Company. The Dreamliner has incorporated breakthrough technologies into this airplane designed to improve the passenger experience while significantly lowering operating costs.
Looking for a scenic drive to take on your next road trip? Check out these beautiful drives that stretch from Alaska to Hawaii all the way to New England. It's a beautiful country, get out there and hit the road.
Learn everything you need to know about the majestic Golden Eagle. Larger than the Bald Eagle, the Golden Eagle is much more widespread and is the largest Bird of Prey in North America.
Looking for things to do while you're visiting Seattle. Don't fret, Seattle has something for everyone. Great museums, a beautiful setting, markets, aquariums, and of course those drop dead views of the mountains.
Looking for a running GPS with all the tools you'll need to jump start your training. Check out the Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS. It looks and fits like a wrist watch but is packed with all the features you'll need at a reasonable price.
Everything you need to know about the beautiful Snowy Owl. This amazing Bird of Prey is one of the largest owls in the world, and certainly one of the most striking with its snowy white plumage.
Remember the Flowbee ads of the 1980's? Well the Flowbee is still around. It's quick, easy, and a great way to save some money.
Rafael Nadal's record-setting seventh French Open title broke Bjorn Borg's record and gives Rafael 11 Grand Slam titles.
Planning a trip to Venice? Before you leave make sure you know your options for getting from Marco Polo Airport to Venice. The options are many and the cost varies depending on your mode of transportation. A little homework can save you a lot of money.
The American bald eagle is the most majestic and revered of all birds of prey across North America. Honored by Native Americans for centuries, this beautiful bird is perhaps the most famous of all birds of prey.
Exit Glacier is the only land access into Kenai Fjords National Park. Located on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, this is a great way to experience the magic of a glacier up close and personal.
The sleek and speedy Peregrine Falcon is extremely adaptable and found in various settings around the world. Learn all there is to know about this beautiful Bird of Prey.
Often confused for the Bald Eagle due to their black and white plumage, the Osprey is another striking member of the Birds of Prey family. Also known as the Fish Hawk or the Sea Hawk the Osprey is quite widespread around the world.
Looking for one of those less traveled yet beautiful tuscan hilltop villages to explore. Then look no further and welcome to Monteriggioni and your complete guide to Tuscany's fortress in the sky.
Everything you wanted to know about the Red Tail Hawk from their habits, range, behavior and description This beautiful Bird of Prey and is the most common hawk in North America and can be found in a variety of landscapes.
If you’re looking for an exciting and adventurous activity for your next trip to Florida, consider doing some good old fashioned fossil hunting. The Peace River is one of the best locations for finding prehistoric fossils of the giant carcharodon shark, otherwise known as megalodon.
Feel like your over the hill? Running as a member of the over 50 group can be a rewarding and healthy experience if you follow a few simple precautions. We may not be fast anymore but we are certainly wiser.
Denali National Park is one of the most remote, pristine areas in the American National Park System. Home to an amazing array of wildlife, the park's six million acres of untamed landscape offer visitors spectacular views and stunning scenery.
Planning a visit to Seattle and the great Pacific Northwest? Check out all you need to know to make your visit to the Space Needle a memorable one. This iconic symbol of Seattle is a must visit.
Learn everything you need to know about Rome's most famous fountain. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain and you'll be guaranteed a return visit to the eternal city.
Mount Rainier is one of Washington State's most popular destinations. Home to beautiful alpine fields, majestic peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and miles of hiking trails, there's something for every outdoor enthusiast.
Need a little inspiration. Check out Eric LeGrand's amazing story. This young man has overcome unbelievable adversity and is a wonderful example of how to have a positive outlook on life.
Following the Apollo Space Program came the era of the Space Shuttle. After over 30 years of service to the United States including a total of 135 missions the Space Shuttle program officially ended on July 21st, 2011.
The Pantheon is one of the oldest and most recognized monuments in all of Italy. No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to this engineering marvel. Here are some facts and tips for your visit.
This park has something for everyone, including the Forest Park Zoo and the nationally acclaimed Brights Nights Holiday display.
Wondering how you're going to get around in Rome? Don't fret, this guide will give you all the options you need to help you traverse the city with ease.
Tucked away in the heart of Washington State is the scarred landscape that still exists from the eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980. For a fascinating experience plan a visit to one of America's most dynamic and beautiful National Monuments.
Lime Kiln State Park, located in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, is one of the best places in the world to observe orcas. Over 80 orcas make their summer home there!
The Roman Colosseum is undoubtedly one of the world's most iconic symbols. Learn everything you need to know for a visit to one of Rome's most popular sites.
The 2012 season was not to be the year for the Red Sox. Injuries, no chemistry, new manager.... it all added up to a dismal season and one to forget.
Congratulations to Bubba Watson on winning his first Masters Championship. Read all about his amazing comeback and his shot for the ages.
It been two months now since I made that leap of faith into the world of HubPages. Its been great fun and actually quite addicting. Here's my take on my first two months.
Arriving at Rome's Fiumicino Airport for the first time can be a stressful experience. Learn what options are available for getting from the airport to the city and you'll be making this journey with ease and saving some money to boot.
Have you ever wondered what's in your toothpaste? Well, you might be surprised. To be honest I was shocked when I started researching the ingredients that go into toothpaste.
San Gimignano is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in all of Italy. Its collection of unique towers make it one of the most picturesque towns and certainly worthy of a visit.
Want to be able to converse with the locals while traveling in Italy? Learn a few key words and phrases and you'll chatting with the locals in no time at all.
This beautiful island, located just off the coast of Rhode Island, is a great destination for those who love the beach and the great outdoors.
Looking to watch the Boston Marathon? Check out this guide to the best spots and how to get there. The best way to experience all the excitement of the Boston Marathon other than actually running it is to spectate. It's a party atmosphere along most of the route so bring your chair and pack a...
Visiting Italy does not have to break the bank. With a little research and preparation, you can find wonderful accommodations for a reasonable price. Learn how.
Ever wonder how to take a clear picture of the moon without it coming out looking like a white blob? It's really not that difficult and with a little know how anyone can do it. Here's how.
Corniglia is one of the Cinque Terre villages that sits on this rugged coastal region of Italy. Sitting high up on a rocky outcropping, Corniglia gives visitors a perfect vantage point to the amazing views of this beautiful region. Quiet and somewhat secluded, Corniglia makes a perfect retreat...
Looking for a beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico for your next vacation? Check out Madeira Beach. It has great beaches and plenty of things to do nearby to keep everyone happy.
It is almost inevitable that if you run long enough you will eventually encounter some form of running injury. Find out how to prevent and deal with the five most common injuries.