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    Photo of the Day: Sunset in Tellaro

    The whole month leading up to our Italy vacation, I talked non-stop about visiting Cinque Terre and taking photos of the colorful buildings along the seaside. The day we made our way to La Spezia, my friend Sonya (@theglobialite) mentioned that an Italian photographer had told her of nearby fishing village in Lerici with fewer visitors and views just a lovely. Starting from the top of the hills, we hiked our way down to the harbour in the late afternoon.…

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    Photo of the Day: Villa Garzoni

      We discovered Villa Garzoni on my last official day in Italy. Looking for a spot to have lunch, we took a drive from our hotel in Lucca to the nearby town of Collodi. Parked underneath a 10-foot tall wire Pinocchio (dreamed up by Carlo Collodi) and ventured across the street to a gorgeous upscale restaurant serving late guests. This Baroque garden features a plush green landscape, filled with fountains and statues, in a breathtaking geometric tapestry. My favorite accidental find in…

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    I Am A Veteran

    In honor of Veteran’s Day, a fun fact about me: When I was 24, I withdrew 1700 American civilians from Beirut, Lebanon in 2006 after a bombing. I helped provide them with medical and mental support at an Air Force base in Adana, Turkey for 4 days and 5 nights until we could fly them safely back to the United States. In 2007, I was awarded a DoD Humanitarian Service Award. Would you have guessed? This person: Used to be…

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