For Lisa Condie, Florence is where her soul feels most complete. “I adore the Oltrarno area of the city, as well as my new neighborhood around Borgo Pinti,” she says. “Here, I love the sandwich shop Borgo alle Fate, or meeting a close friend for a lovely long lunch at Natalino."
Five decades after locking itself away from the world, Burma has opened up to tourism in a big way. And Yangon, its capital formerly known as Rangoon, is becoming a major destination for people who want to see the renaissance of what was, a century ago, one of the region’s most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities.
Costa Rica is great any time of year. After all, there’s a reason it sees 2.6 million people visit annually. But possibly the best time to explore Costa Rica is a secret season—the first two weeks of December.
“Welcome to Paradise.” That’s the sign outside the door to Mitzi and Bill Martain’s home near the little village of Santa Fe, in the mountains of Panama’s Veraguas province.
Gray skies...frigid temperatures...ice on the road...shoveling the drive after a snowstorm...sodden boots...bundling up against the cold... North American winters can be brutal. So why not follow the example of our winged friends and head south?
It’s like being inside an aquarium,” my grandchildren kept saying, as we made our way back to shore from their first diving trip in the Caribbean. I had been ecstatic about introducing them to my favorite activity since we moved to Belize.
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