Wild and raucous. Loud and demanding. It dares you not to look and you'd be a fool to agree, because along with the clean and pristine, this "I've got something to say and the paint to say it" attitude is also Milan.
North of Milan and South of Switzerland, the quaint town of Chiavenna offers plenty for families including a palace that will leave the kids intrigued and have you catching your breath over and over again.
"Being Black in China" wins SATWF Award in Iceland.
It's like going to Philadelphia and ordering a "Philly cheese-steak" or asking for "French Fries" in Belgium. There are just certain things you shouldn't do when ordering Italian food in Italy.
In this day and age, when our attention spans are short and our time for indulgence even shorter, I'm constantly reminded here that walking out of a room without looking up, is to miss a chance to live the moment to its fullest.
This time, it's a new-to-me destination. I'll spend most of my time in the Lombardy region (Hello Milan!) exploring the area's UNESCO World Heritage sites, intoxicating culture and delicious regional foods.
When we were named National Geographic Travelers of the Year in 2012 it was like being handed an Oscar by George Clooney. With this news it feels like George came back and asked to be BFFs.