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Backroads adding Portugal bike tour in 2017

Feb 26, 2017
Backroads, a leading active travel company, is now offering a new signature Bike Trip in Portugal, one of Europe’s top destinations.

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Riding bikes in the Alps: our Italy adventure moves to Lake Garda


Eileen bike riding in the Alps with Austin Adventures
Yes the Alps. We’re out for our Sunday ride in Italy with my friend Ron van Dijk who directs European Operations for Austin Adventures and has been leading bike trips in Europe for more than 30 years more
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Salamanders, giants, horses — a Renaissance pleasure palace in Italy


In the Chamber of the Giants
How many salamanders can you find? There are dozens carved into fireplaces hidden in paintings in the Palazzo Te in Mantova in northern Italy, a gem of a Renaissance City as yet undiscovered by American tourists. more
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Now this is a real pasta machine: in the charming village of Grazie


Pasta machine at work in Grazie Italy
Day Six - at charming small restaurant La Locanda de le Grazie in the village of Grazie just a few miles outside the amazingly preserved undiscovered Renaissance city of Mantova (Mantua in English). more
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Mantova Italy – a hidden gem of history, art, music and literature


Guido Luisa and Baldesar Castiglioni at Palazzo Castigilioni
We stay in Mantova, between Milan and Venice and near Verona, an off-the-tourist-track town that has an amazing history in art, music and literature. Shakespeare wrote that Romeo bought his poison here. more
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Take it from the kids: San Francisco is a foodie’s paradise


Kite store, Japantown, San Francisco
“Dim Sum is one of my favorite foods. Everyone likes Dim Sum!” said Andy, 14, one of the many local kids who contributed their ideas on what kids like for my new “Kid’s Guide to San Francisco.” more
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Aging cheese, lots of cheese, at a special artisan shop in Italy


Walter Carbo explains the cheese aging process
Welcome to Luigi Guffanti 1876 in the northern Italian town of Arona that has been buying cheese from the same production sites since 1876, then refining them in special “caves,” sometimes for years before they are sold around the world. They are artisans and specialists who oversee more than more than 200 kinds of cheese here. more
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A special dinner at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como


Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como
It’s nice when a hotel can make the experience special for the youngest guests as well as their parents and those who may be here to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or an engagement. more
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Exploring the beautiful villas along the shore of Lake Como, Italy


Outside Stefano Sioli's villa in Cernobbio
Could this place be any more beautiful? The three-story villa is directly on the lake shore located in Laglio between Cernobbio and Tremezzo on Lake Como, with private dock and lake access. more
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George Clooney’s temporary neighbors discover the virtures of a Lake Como villa


Our group getting a tour of Villa Mahonia on Lake Como
I think George Clooney is lucky to have a villa in the tiny village of Laglio—just 700 people on Lake Como in northern Italy. I can say that from personal experience because I am the Clooneys’ neighbor—well, their temporary neighbor at a lakefront villa more
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Taking the Kids to Deer Valley, where guests say ‘no snowboarders!’


Kids skiing at Deer Valley
Instead of frustrating hours at the airport, we spent a blue sky day on Deer Valley’s famously groomed slopes, stopping for an excellent lunch. (Deer Valley is as famous for its eats as it is for its grooming and customer service.) more
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