A few winters ago we spent New Years in Italy with some Italian friends. They invited us to tag along on their trip to the chic ski town of Cortina in the Italian Alps. While we didn't ski, we spent our days playing in the snow, wandering downtown, and eating lots of great Italian food. The town is quaint resort town full of skiers, relaxed food joints, and scenic vistas like the one above. This trip was really memorable for us, as we stayed with a friendly Italian family and a bunch of fun Italians (Francesco included) and got a peek into Italian mountain living that we would have never have gained access to as a "tourist."
Some people think they are savvy travelers. You know the type, endlessly bragging about how they got the best deal on a plane ticket, how they found a five star hotel for $99 a night. But what about after they get there? Chances are they blow their hard earned money on every overpriced tourist attraction forgetting all the money they've saved and mindlessly emptying their pockets to gain access into a city's cultural highlights. Don't be that guy.
Here's a tip for gaining access into almost any museum, for free. Do your homework, a bit of web research, and find out what days are free.
Our question today for Francesco....I am always curious what Italians actually eat for dinner. Is it the big spreads of food that we always see on TV or is that just for special occasions? What did you eat for dinner last night?
Jaunted: Food Travel 101 - BBQ
Jaunted highlights this funny video by the comic duo Rhett and Link that attempts to explain BBQ in the USA. To us native Virginians, BBQ is always pork, always pulled, and vinegar based.
I'm a big fan of design blogs and for travelers, they are often a great source for shopping advice. One of these stellar design bloggers is Holly Becker of Decor 8. She's lucky enough to have just set up a second home in Hannover, Germany and is documenting the experience of designing a home abroad at her new blog Haus Maus.
Not only does she offer loads of design inspiration and eye candy, but we found a great tidbit of travel advice.....how she beats jetlag.
The Guardian: Beer Girl's Rural Pubs
Outdoor pubs in the Uk that feature "cask beers and ciders straight from the barrel." Where's my passport?
This Non-American Life: Ten Things to do in Munich (for less than $5)
With Oktoberfest just around the corner, you're going to need some tips for saving money in Munich. The more money saved is directly proportional to beers drank.