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Eating Rome: Dining Like the Locals in Rome’s Testaccio Neighborhood

I’m not one for group tours, but Eating Europe Food Tours is the exception. Their shtick is to take a small group of travelers, say six, to lesser-traveled neighborhoods in tourist favorites to get a taste (no pun intended) of local life and the food they actually eat. (Perhaps a drink or two or five gets thrown in, as well.)

Suffice it to say, Eating Europe nails it. After joining them for their Twilight Soho Food Tour in London and now their Testaccio Supper Stroll in Rome, I feel I’m on the verge of becoming a groupie with my eye on their remaining tours in Amsterdam, Florence and Prague.

But first, Testaccio. Continue reading

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20 Photos Showing off Both the Familiar and Different in London


Last March I did a week in England to get a taste of some Premier League football (or “soccer” for my fellow Yanks). You can read all about that here, which includes some words on the Leicester City match I attended shortly before they pulled off one of the greatest surprises in sports history by winning the league.

Besides sport, I also had some time to see London. It was my first time and admittedly not high on my list. I know that seems like traveler blasphemy, but it’s true. I’m still not entirely sure why that was. Maybe it’s because we speak the same language, so it didn’t really seem all that foreign? Or perhaps it failed to grab me, since so many people fawn over London like it’s a religious experience. Continue reading

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Beating the Crowds with LivItaly Tours at the Vatican


I hate crowds and overtly touristy attractions. Eifel Tower? Meh. I’ll look at it if I’m passing by, but I’m not planing a day around it and I’m sure as hell not standing in line all day to climb it. And that picture where you make it look like you’re holding it between your fingers? Well done. You win Instagram.

Then again, there are some places where you have to suck it up and just go. You know it’s touristy, but it’s touristy because it’s special, unique, historically important, or perhaps all of the above.

That’s the Vatican. Continue reading


Why Seagate External Drives are a Scam

Seagate external drives are a scam, plain and simple. Here’s why. Continue reading


Chaco Outcross Evo2 Hiking Shoe is Reliable and Comfortable

Chaco OutCross Evo 2 - JoeBaur

You can never place too much of an importance on having a good shoe, especially when it comes to the outdoors. Far too many shoppers would happily sacrifice quality to save a few bucks when you’d be better served to spend once on something that will last and keep your feet happy. In my days of trying various shoes for hiking and running, I can honestly say nothing has made me happier than Chaco’s OutCross Evo 2. Continue reading