Go local
Us at the Painted Rocks, Maria Island

Go local

Avoid westernized hotels and tourist trap restaurants. Staying in an apartment or with a family provides greater insight into how people really live. The food is much better, too. Shopping at local markets is great…

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Share the table

We have had some great times with random natives over the dinner table.  In Florence one night we enjoyed several hours of conversation with a couple and their adult son in a mixture of Italian,…

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