Posts in Destinations
Taste Florence: Where to Find the Best Food in the Heart of Tuscany

All summer, the streets of Florence swell with tourists, tired and hungry from museum binges and promenades under the Tuscan sun. Desperate for something to eat, they settle for stale panini in the city’s worst tourist traps. More than 10 years ago, American expat Toni Mazzaglia said, “Basta!” and started the food tour company Taste Florence to help visitors discover the best food in her adopted city. Here are her top recs.


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Skopje, Macedonia: What to See and Where to Eat in the Land of Coffee & Kitsch

Walk around Macedonia’s capital city, Skopje, and you’ll find yourself in three primary areas: the bohemian district, the old town, and the redeveloped downtown, which has been compared to Vegas kitsch on steroids. After snapping your photos of the 72-foot-tall (and unofficially named) Alexander the Great statue and those of his parents, you’ll want to focus your time on the first two areas. 

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Animal Lover? This Belize Animal Sanctuary Wants Volunteers Like You

Belize Zoo (really an animal sanctuary) offers a hands-on internship program that lasts from two to four weeks. Just want to visit? The money from your ticket will go to taking care of beautiful creatures like Junior Buddy, the zoo’s 11-year-old jaguar. 

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Berlin: Your Travel Guide to Europe’s ‘Poor but Sexy’ City

Berlin, Europe’s ‘poor but sexy’ city, is still recovering from World War II and the Cold War. The postcard? Think street art, low buildings, and people chilling in parks everywhere. There’s something for everyone, whether you like clubbing all night or hitting museums in the morning.

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Russians Also Poisoned My Friend's Great-Grandma (And other lessons learned in Germany)

If you’ve visited Berlin on vacation, you might think Germany is all hipster coffee shops and fingerless gloves (these are called stulpenand I love them). But go outside the city, and you’ll learn Germany isn’t one big liberal love fest welcoming immigrants with open arms. What I learned from celebrating Easter in former East Germany.

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Oaxaca City: Where to Eat and What to See in This Mexican Food Lovers' Paradise

My friend, Cristal Dyer, aka the Tofu Traveler, and I just spent four perfect days eating ourselves silly in Oaxaca City, which is also famous for its beautiful handicrafts and colonial architecture. We share our ridiculous adventures in this food capital, as well as a detailed travel itinerary for you, in the Postcard Academy podcast episode: Mexican Food Lovers’ Paradise: Oaxaca. 

 

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You Need to Visit (or Move!) to Romania This Year. Here’s Why

Romania is the next big thing for expats and travelers seeking to get off the beaten path. Why? To start, you can live an awesome life there for $1,000 a month. Theater, opera, and other culture pursuits are cheap or free and accessible to everyone (Romania's Communist past means less elitism than you find in other European countries). History lovers will love wandering the medieval cities. And then, there's Dracula's castle. 

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Slovenia: Ultimate Travel Guide

Slovenia is a land of fairy tale castles, baby dragons (more on that later), and delicious moonshine. You may also know this former Yugoslavian republic as Melania Trump’s place of birth. But Noah Charney, an American expat and Slovenia resident since 2006, says his adopted country deserves to be known for so much more.

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Eating in Istanbul: Your Food Guide

I expected to find falafel in Istanbul, but I was fantastically wrong. To set the record straight on Turkish cuisine for other travelers, I asked food and travel writer Robyn Eckhart to come on the Postcard Academy podcast to discuss traditional Turkish recipes and Istanbul food culture. We have a lovely chat about her new cookbook: Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey, and create a food guide for your next trip to Istanbul. 

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Turkish Delight: An Interview with Artful Baker Author Cenk Sönmezsoy

If you like food porn, this week’s podcast guest will have you screaming from the rooftops. Cenk Sönmezsoy is an award-winning food blogger, photographer, and self-described shameless chocoholic from İstanbul, Turkey. He’s also author of the masterpiece, The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts From an Obsessive Home Baker

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