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Exploring the Impressive Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE

Architect Jean Nouvel designed the impressive and beautiful Louvre Abu Dhabi

Until recently I thought of Abu Dhabi as a city one connects through when flights through Dubai aren’t available. But that view was challenged during my latest visit to the UAE. I was surprised by how many people suggested visiting the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a world class museum which opened in 2017 as part of a thirty-year deal between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government.

Exploring the Scenic Fishing Villages of Norway’s Lofoten Islands

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Overlooking Eliassen Rorbuer in Hamnoy

The Lofoten islands of Northern Norway are incredibly scenic. They a popular spot for both professional and recreational fisherman. The small clusters of colorful fishing cottages scattered against the dramatic landscape of mountains and fjords are one of their most distinctive and charming features of the Lofoten Islands.

Rome is Under Rehab

Part of Rome’s Famed Colosseum is currently under scaffolding

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and apparently it won’t be renovated in one either. On my recent trip to Rome, I was surprised to find the cities most famous fountains closed for renovations and restoration during the height of summer tourist season.  Apparently even the Eternal City needs a nip & tuck once in a while. Italian Fashion House Fendi is financing the Trevi Fountain’s $2.9 million dollar renovation project (which is expected to last 20 months).

San Gimignano: Visiting Tuscany’s “Medieval Manhattan”

Blue skies and medieval architecture

If you’re looking for things to do in Florence, Italy, consider a day trip to the town of San Gimignano, which is known as Tuscany’s “Medieval Manhattan.” Perched on the top of hill in the province of Siena, San Gimignano’s historic center has an impressive skyline of ancient stone towers that has earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status.