Plan a Cinque Terre National Park visit and purchase the Cinque Terre Card in Italy

Our view from the hiking trails above the villages of Corniglia and Manarola, Cinque Terre.

The Cinque Terre area of Italy offers a wide variety of attractions in a vacation destination: beauty, nature, hiking, beaches, accessible transportation, history, and culture. The Grans on the Go stepped into the Cinque Terre National Park and purchased our Cinque Terre Card. Our three glorious days hiking and visiting village-to-village are forever etched in our minds. This Cinque Terre Guide will help you determine the best way to experience the Cinque Terre and purchase your Cinque Terre Card.

The Best Wine Tasting in Tuscany is part of a Slow Travel Experience

The view is a vista of rolling hills filled with grape vines turning yellow and rust in front of me and of a Renaissance villa behind me.  My plan to offer a review of  The Best Wine Tasting in Tuscany looks simple enough, but to do the actual experience justice is another task altogether. Slow Travel Our group of three girlfriends has been with Arianna and Alessio of KM Zero Tours for a little more than a day now. Our guides are professionals who have easy-going, understated demeanors. They treat us like old friends, embracing us, making us comfortable from …

A Day in Barcelona — Big Tippers

  Savoring the simple pleasures of a new place or a new experience is what I love most about traveling. After spending seven days on a Mediterranean cruise where we had inundated our senses in seven cities on a non-stop schedule, we were back in Barcelona for two days before returning to the U.S.– whew! TIP YOUR WAITER On our last evening, we dined at our favorite Barcelona “side-street” restaurant, enjoyed a scrumptious dinner, and a little more to drink than usual. After all, the half-liter of Sangria was the best value. We had intentionally used the last of our …

Journey to Montserrat, a day trip from Barcelona

So what do two grandmothers who don’t speak Spanish do for a day trip in Barcelona, Spain?  We embark on an adventure to live like the locals and take the train to Montserrat, the site of the Benedictine monastery.  It was  established in the 800s and is home of the Virgin Mary of Catalonia statue.  How to get there Most tourists take a guided tour service to Montserrat from Barcelona, but I had already been in Barcelona for an entire two days prior to Marla arriving and felt like we could handle this journey on our own. As we started …