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Been There, Do This: Antique Market in Lucca, Italy

Been There, Do This: Antique Market in Lucca, Italy

Any visit to Tuscany mandates a trip to the Uffizi and Leaning Tower of Pisa. When I visited Lucca, Italy, however, I came across a more obscure attraction — a simple mercatini dell’usato (second-hand market) — and was pleasantly surprised by the extraordinary cultural experience that awaited me.

Been There, Do This: Art and Dessert in Paris

Been There, Do This: Art and Dessert in Paris

A railway station turned museum, the Musee d’Orsay is home to a plethora of priceless works from the likes of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh. When you’ve had your fill of impressionist art, make your way to the fifth floor for a different kind of masterpiece. The Cafe Campana is a blend of the old and new, with a modernist interior that pays tribute to art nouveau and a glass clock through which diners can peer out and catch a glimpse of the Seine.

Been There, Do This: Horseback Riding in Vik, Iceland

Been There, Do This: Horseback Riding in Vik, Iceland

Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice, and it’s easy to see why in the village of Vik. Located about 110 miles southeast of Reykjavik, Vik lies beneath Myrdalsjokull Glacier and the infamous Katla Volcano, responsible for a devastating eruption in 1918, which extended the southern coast more than 3 miles.

Been There, Do This: Paradise Beach in Mykonos, Greece

Been There, Do This: Paradise Beach in Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is known for its rowdy nightlife, but if you prefer more sunlit events, it also has its share of wild daytime parties to choose from. With that in mind, I hopped on a moped and zipped away to Paradise Beach (not to be confused with nearby competitor Super Paradise Beach) for a little fun in the sun.

Been There, Do This: Eat Seafood Pasta in Positano, Italy

Been There, Do This: Eat Seafood Pasta in Positano, Italy

When vacationing in Italy, particularly when by the sea, you are essentially obligated to order the classic dish of spaghetti ai frutti di mare at least once. The above photograph depicts one of the three spaghetti ai frutti de mare dishes I consumed, specifically while in the coastal Italian village of Positano.

Been There, Do This: Boho Fun in Huertas, Madrid

Been There, Do This: Boho Fun in Huertas, Madrid

If you’re looking for something to do in Madrid besides hitting the discoteca until sunrise, check out the Huertas district, also known as el Barrio de Las Letras (the “Neighborhood of Letters”). As Madrid’s literary quarter, Huertas has been home to many famous writers, including Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes.

Free Paper Marbling Lesson in Florence, Italy

Free Paper Marbling Lesson in Florence, Italy

While traipsing through the streets of Florence, I discovered Il Papiro, a hand-decorated paper company founded in Florence in 1976. At the shop, they teach paper marbling, a technique that results in the creation of a gorgeous paint application to paper that is perfect for gift wrapping, wallpaper, posters, book and album covers and even stationary.

Making Marzipan Mice in Lubeck, Germany

Making Marzipan Mice in Lubeck, Germany

I was on a small-group tour of Northern Germany, and Lubeck was our second stop. When I looked at the itinerary and saw that we would be visiting the headquarters of the world’s preeminent marzipan production company, I knew that we were in for a treat.