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What’s it’s Like to Hike the Full Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the top long distance hikes in Europe, and in fact the world. It delivers superlative, pristine mountain scenery day after day for over a week. The hiker's Tour of Mont Blanc is a 168 kilometre loop around the base of Mount Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe at 4810 metres (15,782 feet). Most hikers start just outside of Chamonix, France if they're hiking the traditional…

Climbing Stairs In Bellagio

7 Fun Things To Do in Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio, a small town in Italy, sits on a promontory on Lake Como where the lake splits into two southern branches. It's a fabulous setting but definitely not what I expected. The hills are bigger, it's very lush and there are far more towns and villages around Lake Como than I ever anticipated. Bellagio is a very popular tourist destination - but it's not for everyone. Mostly I saw romantically inclined couples and young families…

Photo Essay of Puglia, Italy

This is a guest post brought to you by my friend Donna Ridge. She and I met on a dragonboat team and subsequently hiked the West Highland Way and the Cumbrian Way together two years ago.  A little over a year ago when my husband and I were considering returning to Italy, my good friend Leigh recommended the Puglia region. We had explored northern Italy, but had never ventured south of Rome. After hours of…

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