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BARCELONA: MAGIC BY THE MEDITERRANEAN

 

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STORY AND PHOTOS   //  BY AIMEE COLON

I arrived in Barcelona around seven in the morning just when its streets began to come alive, as cafes and shops started opening for the day and people began to fill the streets.  After settling in my hotel, a bit tired and jet lagged, I headed to one of the city’s many cafes in Las Ramblas, just a few steps from my hotel, to reenergize myself.

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SWITZERLAND'S HEART

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STORY AND PHOTOS   //   BY RON STERN

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, the capital city of Bern is located right in the heart of Switzerland. Built around a hairpin turn in the river Aare, Bern is quite cosmopolitan with beautiful churches, bridges, the famous Zytglogge (clock tower), and even a bear park. Small wonder Bern has consistently been rated among the world’s top ten cities for quality of life and good living.

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ISCHIA ISLAND DREAMS

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STORY BY RICHARD THIEL   // PHOTOS BY AIMEE COLON

Compared to some of its more famous island neighbors like Capri and Elba, Ischia, which the Italians fondly refer to as their Island of Dreams, is something of a hidden gem, at least to foreigners. Italians know it well, which is hardly surprising given its volcanic beauty and the fact that it’s only about 18 miles west of bustling Naples. (Ferries leave from the port of Naples on the hour during the summer.) Although it measures just six miles east to west and four miles north to south and is very rugged and mountainous, Ischia has much to offer, including a famous castle, many thermal baths, and on a clear day, a stunning view of Mt. Vesuvius.

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