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Latvia has quite the roller-coaster history, controlled by powers including Lithuania, Sweden, and Russia, until the birth of a new republic in 1918. Then of course it fell back under Soviet Russian subjugation until the rebirth of a new independent republic in 1991.
I first visited…
Posted on March 19, 2017 at 4:30pm
Rio de Janeiro famously boasts one of the most spectacular natural settings of any major world city, a charismatic interplay of ocean with dramatic plunging hills (the most dramatic and reknowned, of course, being Sugarloaf and Corcovado). And though much of Rio has a prosperous…
Posted on March 9, 2017 at 3:00pm
Highly coveted as far back as ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, the mushrooms known as black truffles remain a major object of desire of foodies and gourmets across the globe. But while many think of them as typical of Italy and France, most of the world’s supply of the…
Posted on February 27, 2017 at 12:18pm
During my first visit to Madrid way back in 1978, strolling out near my family’s hotel near Plaza de España, I was gobsmacked to suddenly spy, of all things, an ancient Egyptian temple – right on downtown Calle Ferraz, on a platform in a reflecting pool of…
Posted on February 22, 2017 at 8:08pm
Hi, everyone! The founder of Tripatini.com, I'm a longtime travel writer and editor, an alum of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. I've edited travel for HarperCollins' guidebook division, Hearst Magazines' Diversion, and ShermansTravel.com, and served as Executive Editor of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel and Caribbean Travel & Life.
In addition to all that, I've written for a fairly respectable chunk of the travel media, as well as general interest newspapers, magazines, and Web sites. Just a sampling: Boston Herald, Brides.com, GQ, HuffingtonPost.com, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Men's Fitness, MSNBC.com, Miami Herald, National Geographic Traveler, New York Post, Travel+Leisure, and the Iberostar Resorts blog. I've also written travel guides, most recently Pauline Frommer's Costa Rica, and co-founded CubaEnLinea.net, a social network for Cubans both in Cuba and around the world.
I speak six languages, and now live in Miami, Florida. But I lived for years in New York City, and among the more than 50 countries I've visited, I've also lived in Spain, Russia, and the Czech Republic. Travel is my overriding passion -- I get tired of many things in this life, but never, ever of travel!
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