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lago di braies

Our starting point for Debbie’s and my hike through Italy’s Dolomiti mountains¬†was Lago di Braies, a surreal spot of unbelievable beauty. There’s a hotel on the lake, but early that September morning, there were few guests ambling around its perimeter. There were a dozen or so hikers who, like us, were embarking on Alta Via 1. I just remember this calm quiet on the lake. Nothing disturbed its glassy silence. The mountains in the background served as sentinels. A dilapidated boathouse sat on stilts above the water. Half a dozen wooden boats gently bobbed against one another on one shore.…

Have you ever loved a town so much that you wanted to visit it again and again? For me, that place is Saorge. A couple of years ago, when I visited Provence with my family, I stumbled onto this tiny town, call the Tibet of France, on the border of Italy and France. There was just something magical about the town that kept me fixated on it for all the years since. I promised myself I would return, and now I finally have. When I began planning my yoga retreat in Provence, I knew without a doubt that I absolutely had…

You know to bring clothing you can layer. A tablet for reading and games. Toiletries. But in my experience, there are a few things that not everyone thinks of that, once you bring, you’ll be glad you did. 1.¬†Small Pocketbook I never bring a purse while traveling, though I do like to bring a pocketbook like this. It’s super simple, takes up virtually no room, and will hold my money and credit cards without my feeling like I look like a tourist. Plus it’s cute and goes with everything! 2. Plug Adapter Obviously this only applies if you are traveling…