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What is a LifeStyle Traveller?

I was discussing with a potential sponsor my trek around the globe. Of course the question as to who would comprise the audience for my blog posts, websites, magazine articles and videos came up. I responded that they would be people spending their retirement travelling, lifestyle travellers, and vacation goers. Immediately I was asked to explain what the phrase, “lifestyle travellers” meant. A fair question. Most people are unaware there is such a thing as a traveller lifestyle, but I assure you there is. Lifestyle Travellers probably only number is the tens of thousands though, and fall into two categories. There are those who just wander to see what there is to see, and then there are those with a calling.  Those answering a calling tend to be people like surfers going to wherever the waves are. A huge percentage are adventurers, who continuously volunteer to help out aid or…

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MALGRATE CASTLE – MALGRATE IN THE LUNIGIANA

We took friends on a Lunigiana castle tour this weekend. The weather wasn’t bad. The surprise came at Malgrate Castle, where the normally empty parking lot was full, and a  tour bus had parked smack in the middle so that people had to gingerly back out of parking places. The unmarked and as yet untried Ristorante La Torre di Malgrate was animated with voices of coach tourists at 2:45 pm, which happens to correspond to the time we arrived. The castle opens at three. Well, it’s Italy, so 3:05. The tower, when observed in the right light, looks a bit ominous, as if stained with the blood of those who’d fallen from (near) the top and washed (down) with boiling oil. Perhaps I am reading into the scene. Excuse me. Malgrate castle, like most of the castles in the Lunigiana, is a Malaspina castle, devised to protect the byways and…

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THE BEST WAY TO FIND A QUALITY APARTMENT

Last week, my nephew told me he was trying to find his own apartment. He said that he had been thinking about it for a while, because he really wanted to get out of his parents’ house, but he really had no idea where to start. He asked if I would help him, and I told him I certainly would, because I have lived in several apartments in my time and have developed a really effective approach to find an apartment that will best fit your individual needs. He came over for lunch and then we went to work. I told him that the first step to find an apartment was to determine what price range he found acceptable. I told him this was an important step because he did not want to find an apartment that he found really appealing and then learn that it was out of his…

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MATERA, ITALY

Matera hasn’t changed a whole lot since I was last there many years ago to see its most spectacular festival, the Festa della Modonna Bruna. Hotels are still hidden in the monochromatic landscape. In September, the crowds aren’t so visible, although the restaurant we chose to eat at was fully booked at lunch, Ristorante Nadì. It was so good we booked a table for dinner. And they have the provocatively titled “crapiata”, a soup of grains and beans like ceci, fave, and white beans, drizzled with some spectacular olive oil. I’m now a crapiata fan. I wish we could get “I heart Crapiata” bumper stickers. The September weather is perfect; you can eat lunch outside and you can still climb the sides of Matera’s “bowl” and not feel the effects of too much heat. Y’all get over here, ya hear?