Join us for 2 weeks this August as we explore small-town Lazio, researching for our fifth guidebook. Lazio is the province that encompasses Rome, but the small towns of the region are often overlooked. We’ll hunt out amazing food, unusual sights, and unique lodging in Little Roads Lazio. You’ll be amazed at how affordable and incredible travel can be when you get out of the big city!
As our readers know, we normally steer well clear of larger, touristy towns like Florence, opting for the small towns down the Little Roads (of course!) .
But for our trip in April, we’ve splurged for two nights in a hotel right on Florence’s Piazza del Duomo, where we’ll watch the city’s famous Easter morning celebration, the Scoppio del Carro. This parade of medieval costumes and music culminates in an explosive finale in front of the cathedral. Thousands of people pack into the streets and the square to watch this centuries-old ritual; but we’ll be watching it all from above the throng, in the comfort of our hotel!
We’ll mitigate this extravagance of this costly city with two weeks of beautiful, out-of-the-way lodgings in the heart of Tuscany’s charming landscape. Wide open spaces, delicious and authentic food… Luxury travel doesn’t have to be costly!
We’ll be traveilng “on assignment” for Budget Travel to write about our finds in Lazio, Italy. Lazio is the region that includes Rome, but most travelers aren't aware that there's lots to do and see outside of the big city. We’ll be exploring the back roads of the region, searching out interesting sights and sampling Lazio’s cuisine. Most of the places we’ll visit are within an hour or so from Rome’s airport, so it’s an convenient and reachable area for most travelers to Italy.
The Cotswolds in England are one of the most well-known and most photographed areas of the country, but did you know they are also reputed to be the most haunted? We’ll spend 7 nights in this magical region, at 7 different “haunted” hotels. We’ve requested the most haunted rooms! And since we are going in the off season, there won’t be hordes of tourists — unless those tourists are ghosts!
Join us as we visit the Emerald Isle in high summer, demonstrating how to visit this beautiful island at its highest tourist season without being overwhelmed by crowds. We’ll visit small town gastropubs to eat some incredible food, revisit one of our favorite birds of prey centers where we will fly and feed hawks and owls, spend a few days in an apartment right on the ocean, and visit some of County Cork’s most charming small towns.
We continue our explorations of the best places to eat, stay, and visit for our upcoming Little Roads guidebook to the lakes district in northern Italy. Join us as we beat the summer heat keeping cool in the Alpine-cold lake waters. We'll eat lake fish and drink local vino, and we'll visit many fascinating historic sites, Little Roads-style.
In May we'll visit the north of Italy to explore the region's many lakes. These lakes offer a beautiful alternative to the crowded summer beach scene. The southern Alps looming in the background create incredible landscape views; and this region is full of sweeping history and fantastic food. We'll be gathering information on the best places to eat, stay, and visit for our upcoming Little Roads guidebook to the northern lakes of Italy. Follow along with us!
In February we'll visit the walled city of Lucca in northwest Tuscany, where we'll stay in a medieval tower at the center of town. We'll then proceed to the ancient Roman-bath spa town of Bagno Vignoni, where the town square itself is a thermal pool. And of course we'll be enjoying the storied food and wine of Toscana, without the tourist crowds we'd find in high season.
We depart from our usual Little Roads stomping grounds to explore a bit of Belgium. Beer at Trappist monasteries, medieval ruins, the battlegrounds of past World Wars. And we'll be spending New Year's Eve and Day in the historic center of the medieval town of Bruges.
Join us this Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 PM at East Nashville's Her Bookshop for an afternoon of travel talk and travel-inspired music! We'll be reading a few choice bits of our award-winning travel guides, and we'll be playing music of a centuries-old Italian master and a piece Matt wrote to evoke the fiddle music of Irish pubs. Bonus: Zen will be bringing a loaf or two of Irish brown soda bread.
In November Little Roads Europe embarks on a week-long tour of Christmas markets in Switzerland. We'll visit a mix of large and small towns, seeing the famous “Singing Christmas Tree” at Zurich’s Christmas market, and the Jerusalem Crafts Market in the small village of Aigle. We’ll be traveling to seven different Christmas Markets in total, in both French and German areas of Switzerland. We hope you'll follow along with us!
Join us as we try something unusual: we spend an entire week in a castle! We have rented out Rincolisky Castle, on Roaring Water Bay in County Cork. We splurged on this elaborate place to stay, so we will be saving on our food budget by shopping and cooking from farmer's markets. In County Cork in summer this is no hardship! Cork's foodie culture is alive and well and locally sourced, affordable food is easy to come by.
Please join us at Nashville's own Parnassus Books in Green Hills for the release of our third guidebook in the Little Roads Europe Travel Guides series. Our newest guide explores the back roads of Ireland. Our book event at Parnassus will feature tastes of Irish stout and homemade Irish soda bread. Come for a bite, a fun read, and "good craic!"
Join us as we take the final research trip before we publish our foodie's guide to small town Ireland. For two weeks, we'll be hopping all over the island to find more gastro pubs, unusual places to stay, and sights to include in our travel guide.
"Hidden" and affordable places in Counties Wicklow, Kilkenny, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Clare, Down, and Westmeath.