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This is one of our favorite memories from San Francisco.  We took a tour on a Volkswagen bus with the company Vantigo.  The bus takes you all over the city and you get to see stellar views like this one.  We highly recommend this tour when visiting San Francisco, but we can’t promise that you won’t want to go in search of buying your own bus and living the van life afterwards…. Read More

It’s Christmas time in the city, and Paul and I made sure to kick off the holiday season with a Seastreak cruise into downtown New York.  We’re committed to getting our SPG stays in before January 1, and the city gives us plenty of opportunity to move between hotels and rack up our stays.  We enjoyed a stellar upgrade at the W Downtown on Friday night.  They gave us a luxurious corner… Read More

New York City and pizza.  Two of the best things in America. So, let me tell you a little story.  I know nothing about the pizzeria in this photograph, but I’m going to use this photo as my excuse to tell you about the pizzeria I LOVE in New York City.  Harry’s Italian on Gold Street is just about the best thing on Earth, and unfortunately, we only recently realized it.  Paul… Read More

Paul took this photo of Lady Liberty on the ferry ride back to Manhattan after an afternoon on Governor’s Island. Governor’s Island has become our go-to place for fun in the city.  The short ferry ride costs $3 a person, which guarantees incredible views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.  Once there, we recommend renting a bicycle and cruising around the island.  Afterwards, grab a seat at Island Oyster to bask… Read More

Shh…Paul is sleeping.  This gives me the perfect opportunity to showcase his latest photos.  While I may be the storyteller of our journeys, he’s the talent behind capturing the beauty in all of the places we visit.  Tonight, his photos tell the story of a mid-afternoon stroll through one of our favorite cities in the world. This is Paris on a summer day. © Paul and Michelle Shappirio and Bringing Down the White… Read More

“We’ve Got Cheese Shops” In July of 2010, Paul and I spent our honeymoon in Sorrento, Italy.  Our hotel sat high upon a cliff overlooking the magnificent Bay of Naples, and everyday after relaxing at the pool, we would walk to town down a long, dusty, quiet, lemon-tree lined path.  Occasionally, a scooter would pass us by, motor off, using only the natural force of gravity to make its way down to the bustling streets… Read More

For a Jersey girl, sometimes it’s hard to believe the ease of hopping onto a NJ Transit train bound for New York City.  There is a whole other world above those crowded steps of Penn Station, a world so significantly different than suburbia.  It screams my name.  It begs me to explore.  It keeps me coming back for more. There is only one man I have to thank for this love. His… Read More