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Tale of Two Lenses

In The Art of Travel, 7. Travel 2.0, Florence by sabeena1 Comment

I love The Lonely Planet. Before any trip I’ve ever had, I’ve searched their website for a city guide, and if they haven’t had it, I’ve unenthusiastically gone to TripAdvisor. Travel 2.0 has helped my life, and even The Lonely Planet and Google Maps leaves me lost in paradise. What I find more impactful is the role of social media …

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Spin Me

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Florence by sabeenaLeave a Comment

I’m the type to get lost in my own neighborhood. I’ve reached a point where I’ve gotten lost so many times that I believe my disregard of direction is a personality trait. I allow others, when traveling, to assume the role as mapper, that is the safest plan. But when I’m going places alone, it is an orchestration. A deep …

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A Room with a View

In The Art of Travel, 6. Book #1, Florence by Isabel1 Comment

The first book I chose to read was “A Room with a View” by E. M. Foster. Right off the bat, I was reading about feelings and sensations I myself have felt, feelings that are universal to those who travel, particularly in Italy. If there are stages of grief, there are certainly stages of travel: excitement, fear, lost and found. …

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One Way Or Another

In The Art of Travel, 5. Politics, Florence by sabeena1 Comment

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” – Kahlil Gibran When I first got to Italy, I was under the impression that anything and everything here would be better than the States. I think that’s a fairly common American idea, you look around every store in the mall in the States and all the most expensive ones have …

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Windows As Eyes To The Soul

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Florence by sabeenaLeave a Comment

“The landscape always fools us, and I imagine always will.” – Lawrence Durell Trying to picture what Italy is like is a constant battle to push stereotypes out. Pasta, pizza, gelato, wine … Of course, there’s the infamous Cinque Terre houses, bright and perched upon the Ligurian Sea. What is it about these little houses, villages full of only four …