A spring stroll in seaside Sperlonga

Like many, I’m thoroughly sick of the semi-lockdown mode that has kept my family so close to home. Therefore, on Mother’s Day, my younger son and I decided to take advantage of the spectacular, summer-like weather to go visit one of our favorite beach getaways – Sperlonga. I’ve written many times about pretty, whitewashed Sperlonga,…

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A breath of fresh (sea) air in Sperlonga

I’ve already written about our post-lockdown travel. After months of lockdown during what was an absolutely perfect, gorgeous Rome spring, it’s not that surprising to note that the first trip out of Rome my family and I decided to take was to the seaside. We travelled to the beautiful beach town of Sperlonga on the…

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Beach reading 2020

As everyone in the world has certainly realized during the first months of 2020, this is not a normal year … Usually I scramble for a free Saturday or Sunday in March to hit the beach, and to enjoy the annual tradition of cracking open a paperback while I breathe in the fresh, sea air…

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New York’s City Island and Orchard Beach

After writing about various islands you can visit when you’re passing through New York – Governor’s Island , Randall’s Island and Roosevelt Island – I’m following it up with another (new for us) island we visited during our last visit – City Island in the Bronx. City Island is easily reached by NY public transport.…

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New York beach day! Rockaway, Queens

When you think about New York City, many images and impressions probably spring to mind. I’ll wager none of those include pristine white beaches and refreshing ocean waves – all reachable by subway. Rockaway Beach in Queens offers an easy beach day far from the stresses of mega-city life, and all for the price of…

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Beach bumming in Bidart

I’ve already written about a great family holiday in France’s Pays basque, and specifically, in the coastal town of Guethary. While there, we would often spend at least part of the day beachside. One of the beaches we visited most frequently was the large, sandy beach neighboring Guethary – in Bidart. We loved battling the…

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(Feels like) Summer reading: Americanah

Okay, this weekend I had to take my son to the beach for a fun track and field workout session for him, but it also turned out to be a wonderful, relive-the-summer day for me. At Ostia, the beach nearest Rome, the massive summer crowds were gone, but the weather was almost as gorgeous as…

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Sand, sun, sports (and Roman poets) in Formia

I had never been to Formia – in southern Lazio, very close to the border with Campagna – before dropping my son off there for a track and field camp. The seaside town of about 38 000 people is in a dramatic spot, developed along the sea with Mount Altino rising dramatically just behind it.…

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