a guide to car and villa rentalsTraveling in Tuscany is not so much about mapping out the perfect itinerary as it is about allowing yourself to enjoy the ride and let the magic happen. A rental car is one essential travel resource for the Italian countryside, and it's key for discovering small hill towns and wineries and all the dazzling photo opportunities in between. Another great component of a Tuscan vacation could be a rental villa, which is especially ideal and economical for groups and families.
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Food is such an integral part of the Greek lifestyle, it’s no surprise there are some delicious sweets that are made especially for Christmas. Kourabiedes are special Greek Christmas cookies made with butter and almonds and dusted with powdered sugar. These melt-in-your-mouth shortbread-type cookies are a true Christmas treat: they look like they’re made of snow!
While some seasoned travelers are hesitant to acknowledge the merits of cruising, here are some reasons you might want to consider booking a cruise for your next vacation. You may be surprised to find that you can still enjoy all the luxury, independence, and meaningful travel experiences aboard a cruise as you would with a traditional land trip.
The serene valleys and rolling hills of Europe's varied wine regions make for a magical getaway any time of year, but especially come alive during the autumn harvest season. There are many precious gifts from the seasonal harvest – imagine perfectly plump olives being plucked from verdant boughs come November in Andalusia, or the fragrant lemon gathered from sun-drenched branches during three separate harvests in Sicily, or the beautiful ruby-red pomegranate beloved by ancient civilizations that ripens from August into the darker days of winter. Of all the rich crops throughout the Mediterranean and Europe, the grape is undoubtedly one of the most special regional products as it is intimately tied to the soul of the land and its people. By savoring the varied wines made from these lovingly-cultivated vines, and pairing them with regional gastronomic delicacies, you can really see the heart of each region and how each place has its own unique characteristics when you look deeper – both the wine as well as the community.