Why Florence is the "warmest" city in Italy

Temperatures in Florence, Italy, are more unpredictable because of its position in the valley, but they usually range from 30 to 80 during the year. While this is no proving evidence that Florence is the warmest city temperature wise, there are so many aspects that bring Florence its warmth. One of the three giants of Italy, Florence sits on the Arno River with pleasant bridges, streets, buildings, and views. The following are Florence features that permeate genuine warmth.

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Planning Your Best 10 Days In Iceland

Following an endless stream of eye popping photos on social media, Iceland is surely at the top of nearly every traveler’s destination list.  Its unparalleled beauty and otherworldly landscapes are not to be missed, but the most important questions for anyone seriously contemplating making the journey should be "How do I plan for travel in a cold country with more sheep than people?" and "What route should I take to hit all the must-see sights?" In this post, I will answer these questions and more.

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Winter Photography at Joshua Tree National Park

My last visit to Joshua Tree National Park was twenty years ago in late spring. This time, opportunity has arrived under different circumstances: "the dead of winter" as we say in my home state of Minnesota. The most common reaction I initially received from friends is "You're going to southern California? It'll be nice to get away from the cold for a while." I soon learned a few truths: In winter, Joshua Tree National Park is neither dead nor warm. 

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3 Reasons why Granada, Spain Appeals to Everyone

When people ask me if I would ever live long term in Spain, I tell them that there is only one place where I would: Granada. This is because Granada has so many faces and encompasses so many variations of life. It doesn't have extreme, painful winters, nor does it have a boring consistency of year-long heat. It exhibits a bustling city life but also offers escapes into the quiet life of nature. Granada has unbelievable royalty, but children still run around in the dirt next to the mountain's edge. Granada does not offer a one-sided life; you get to dabble in and peruse it all. 

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10 Best Reasons to Visit Sagres, Portugal

Portugal, the underrated neighbor of Spain, lies in mystery and neglect. It’s hard to believe that this tiny country is actually the motherland of the massive Brazil, which is a popular, respected travel destination. Even if the rest of the world doesn’t realize Portugal’s potential, the Portuguese are proud, and they enjoy not having to share their coastal majestic land with mobs of tourists.

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Planning A Trip to Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain is the humble flower that blossoms next to the larger, beautiful ones but quietly takes the prize for the prettiest of them all. Seville hides in the shadow of its neighbors: Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada. It is a dazzling beauty immersed in a sunny glow that is waiting to be discovered by more unsuspecting tourists.
Seville is the prize of Andalucía, and it takes the crown deservingly.

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