Slow Travel Postcards

A "Travel Postcard" is a short, personal travel note. It is not a detailed trip report, but maybe a description of one day of a trip or one event. Read some great postcards below or submit your own.

France Postcards

On the Truffle Trail - Dordogne in Winter: A morning with an avid truffle hunter and his dogs.

All Quiet in the Riviera: Time spent in Cassis along the Côte d'Azur during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall.

A Hike in the Luberon: Hiking across the Petit Luberon, from the Gorges du Regalon (south side) to Oppede-le-Vieux (north side).

A Perfect Afternoon at Oustau de Baumaniere: Sunday lunch at an exclusive restaurant in Provence.

An American Thanksgiving in Provence: Creating an American Thanksgiving dinner in the French countryside.

Saturday at the Apt Market: Details of a day at the Saturday market in Apt (Luberon, Provence).

Why I Want to be a Dog in Arles: The joys of being a dog in France.

Overnight at King Albert's Hut: An overnight experience in the French Alps, hiking to the King Albert Hut near Chamonix.

Italy Postcards

Emotions and Images: Musings on the Regions of Italy.

Classes, Guides, Etc.

Awaiting Table Cooking School: Description of a week spent at the Awaiting Table Cooking School in Lecce, Italy.

Campania Wine Country Tour: Tour of Campania Wine Country with Barbara and Federico of Savor the Sannino.

Cooking in Florence - Our Day with Diva: Taking a cooking class at Divina Cucina.

Cooking Classes in Florence, Review of Apicius Culinary Institute: A month at Apicius, a professional culinary school in Florence.

Cooking in Cortona: Cooking class with Alessandra Federici in Cortona.

A Delectable Gourmet Walking Tour of Bologna: Food tour of Bologna with Cook Italy.

Eating – and Cooking! – Gluten Free in Bologna: Dining and cooking class experience in Bologna.

Learning Italian with Lucca Italian School: Experience learning Italian in Lucca.

Parliamo, Bolognalingua Language School: A week of language classes with Bolognalingua.

Peter Kilby, Tour Guide: Experiences with guide, Peter Kilby, in Rome and Tuscany.

Studying Italian in Bologna with Bolognalingua: Over two weeks of language classes with Bolognalingua.

Ultimate Umbrian Experiences, Wine and Food: A tour of the Paola Bea winery, near Montefalco and a cooking class with Letizia of Alla Madonna Del Piatto, near Assisi.

Wonderful Cooking School in Lecce Italy: Cooking week at the Awaiting Table Cooking School in Lecce, Italy

Northern Italy

Finding Piedmont - The Land of Dirty Feet: Finding a home in the Piedmont region in northern Italy.

Looking for Love in Verona: A visit to the setting for Romeo and Juliet, written in English and Italian.

A Remo (by oar), Sweet Venetian Evenings: A lovely evening in Venice.

They Call Me MR. Spritz: A Venetian Cat Tale: A popular Venice drink and a wonderful neighborhood cat.

Off the Beaten Track in August - Northern Italy: Things to do in the heat of the summer.

Sacro Monte di Crea: Walking to paradise in the Monferrato.

Central Italy

A Daytrip from Rome: Swimming at Anzio: Linda, her daughter in-law and granddaughter travel via train from Rome to Anzio for a day of swimming.

Free Things to Do in Rome: List of free places to visit in Rome.

Reunion in Umbria: Students of FSU Study Center have a reunion more than 30 years later.

San Liberato Monastery & Ristorante - Sarnano, Le Marche: Describing the rebirth of the monasteries in Le Marche.

My Italian Community: Friends made in northern Lazio.

Siena - Cena in Contrada: A Contrada dinner in Siena - eating and drinking in the neighborhood.

La Foce and La Porta: A day trip to the La Foce estate and gardens south of Pienza and lunch at La Porta in Monticchiello.

Le Labbra di Giada: A stay at the Calcione estate in Tuscany and a special wine, written in English and Italian.

When You Just Have to be in Siena for the Weekend: Traveling from England to the Chianti countryside for a weekend.

No Sagra for You!: Sagre (festivals) you can attend in May in Tuscany, and why you many not want to.

A Day Trip to the Tarot Garden: A day on the southern Tuscany coast visiting the beach, Capalbio, the Tarot Garden, and Grosseto.

The Road to Volpaia, and Beyond: From Florence to Siena, with a mid-day stop in Volpaia.

A Visit to Fonte Verde Spa: Natural hot springs spa in San Casciano dei Bagni, southern Tuscany.

My visit to Norcia, the pork capital of Italy: A short trip to this small town in eastern Umbria.

A Day on Lago di Bracciano: Lakeside lunch, touring the castle in Bracianno, on Lake Bracciano north of Rome.

The Madonna's Night on the Town: Trastevere's Festa de' Noantri (Procession of the Madonna del Carmine) in Rome.

My Rome Marathon, Madness or Miracle?: Two women in their 50s run their first marathone - in Rome!

The Italian Wedding: Going to a wedding in San Quirico d'Orcia, a small village in Tuscany.

Picking Olives - A First Hand Account: Experiencing the olive harvest.

Tuscan Olive Harvest : Another first-hand account of helping at an agriturismo in Tuscany, arranged through the Wwoof program.

Making Rosso with the Canalis: Gail participates in the autumn wine-making experience with the family of Vincenzo and Secondina Canali, in Casperia.

King of the Foggy Bottoms: Tim and Rina go in search of Culatello.

The Town Was Sacked, the Garden Flourished: Afternoon spent at the Ninfa Gardens.

Southern Italy

A Day Hike in Sardinia: description of a hike from near the town of Baunei down to the beach at Cala Goloritzè.

An Unexpected Swim in The Blue Grotto: Capri, walking from Anacapri to the Blue Grotto for an after hours swim.

Going Home, A Mystery Solved: Finding family roots in a small village in Sicily.

Debut on the Sorrento Webcam: How one traveler found slowtrav.com, found the Sorrento Webcam and, like the rest of us, became obsessed with it.

On the Bus to Olbia: A public bus trip one morning on Sardinia.

Study Italian in Sicily: Paula studied at 3 different language schools in 3 different cities in Sicily.

UK & Ireland Postcards

Stonehenge Rocks: Musings on a visit to Stonehenge.

Winnie the Pooh ... and Tigger too!: Take a magical trip to the 100 Acre Woods, an easy day trip from London.

Spain Postcards

Spanish Lanugage and Walking Holiday : Experience with a company that offers combined language and walking holidays.

Ituren Carnival: Time spent experiences this Unesco-listed carnival.

Europe Postcards

A Quick Trip To Frankfurt and England: So, You've Got an Interview in Frankfurt on Monday, eh? Jeff needed to be in Frankfurt on Monday for two days of interviews, after which he was headed to UK for more. This is a short summary of events trying, trying, trying to get there.

United States Postcards

Manhattan - The Ebb and Flow of its Energy, Flavor and Language: Absorbing New York City and its many characteristics.

Cruising to Hawaii on NCL: Experiences and advice for cruising Hawaii with Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America.

Other Countries Postcards

A Day Sail on the Adriatic: a one-day sojourn on a 50 foot sailing yacht out of Split, Croatia.

Off the Beaten Path in Northern Portugal: a visit to the market in Valença along with some other suggestions.

Visit Myanmar: Quick impressions of a visit to Myanmar in May-June 2008, shortly after the cyclone hit.

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