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Been There, Do This: Eat Seafood Pasta in Positano, Italy

Been There, Do This: Eat Seafood Pasta in Positano, Italy

When vacationing in Italy, particularly when by the sea, you are essentially obligated to order the classic dish of spaghetti ai frutti di mare at least once. The above photograph depicts one of the three spaghetti ai frutti de mare dishes I consumed, specifically while in the coastal Italian village of Positano.

Been There, Do This: Boho Fun in Huertas, Madrid

Been There, Do This: Boho Fun in Huertas, Madrid

If you’re looking for something to do in Madrid besides hitting the discoteca until sunrise, check out the Huertas district, also known as el Barrio de Las Letras (the “Neighborhood of Letters”). As Madrid’s literary quarter, Huertas has been home to many famous writers, including Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes.

Been There, Do This: Temple of Hathor in Dendera, Egypt

Been There, Do This: Temple of Hathor in Dendera, Egypt

On my first trip to the continent of Africa, I visited Cairo and Luxor, Egypt in the middle of the summer. It was, as you can imagine, really, really hot. This came with some advantages though — there were fewer crowds and shorter lines at the region’s most popular tourism sites, including the Temple of Hathor at Dendera.

Been There, Do This: Feeding Deer in Nara, Japan

Been There, Do This: Feeding Deer in Nara, Japan

In Nara, Japan, more than 1,000 Sika Deer roam the grounds of the beautiful Nara Park, stalking visitors in hopes of earning a snack. These spry creatures were messengers of the gods in Japanese mythology, and so have been protected as national treasures for hundreds of years.

A Breakfast to Remember at Hotel Cielo Rojo

A Breakfast to Remember at Hotel Cielo Rojo

Tucked away in a quiet street in San Pancho is Hotel Cielo Rojo and its restaurant, Bistro Organico. I visited during Mexico’s off-season, so only a handful of locals and expats were out and about on that warm June morning.

Free Paper Marbling Lesson in Florence, Italy

Free Paper Marbling Lesson in Florence, Italy

While traipsing through the streets of Florence, I discovered Il Papiro, a hand-decorated paper company founded in Florence in 1976. At the shop, they teach paper marbling, a technique that results in the creation of a gorgeous paint application to paper that is perfect for gift wrapping, wallpaper, posters, book and album covers and even stationary.

Dr. Seuss and Camp Ocean Debut on Carnival Freedom

Dr. Seuss and Camp Ocean Debut on Carnival Freedom

Carnival’s exclusive agreement with Dr. Seuss Enterprises has resulted in a colorful space, so attractive the children in our group literally couldn’t wait to pop through the two differently sized doors. They threw themselves onto bright chairs and fat cushions surrounded by books, toys and games based on Dr. Seuss’ world.

Making Marzipan Mice in Lubeck, Germany

Making Marzipan Mice in Lubeck, Germany

I was on a small-group tour of Northern Germany, and Lubeck was our second stop. When I looked at the itinerary and saw that we would be visiting the headquarters of the world’s preeminent marzipan production company, I knew that we were in for a treat.