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Episodes

Episode 176 - Piedmont Highlights

6/25/2019
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Today’s highlights focus on Piedmont or Piemonte in northwest Italy. I loved everything here. The region is famous for Barolo and Barbaresco wine from the nebbiolo grape. Definitely come in truffle season during October to experience Alba’s white truffle fair. The veal here is also fabulous. Bonnie had just completed her residency and we kicked off her celebratory tour of Europe. We flew into Turin and bravely rented a car to eat our way through the Italian countryside. We stayed in an...

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Episode 175 - Milan Highlights

6/24/2019
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This week I’ll be expanding on Italy. Today’s highlights focus on Milan. I’ve been 3 times. The first time in 2009 I did indulge in the popular tourist tradition of taking a spin on the bull’s balls, a mosaic in the Galleria next to the Duomo. One of my favorite things about Milan is the Milanese aperitivo. Happy hour! I remember arriving in 2017 just before Thanksgiving and relaxing into some lovey rose and delectable bites at Savini after checking-in. It was so delicious we came...

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Episode 174 - Holland Highlights

6/23/2019
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Country #40 Holland or The Netherlands. When I got to Europe last month I learned that I had one week left to visit Keukenhof in Amsterdam. I found a flight and headed straight to the gardens after landing to sit amongst the fields of gorgeous tulips. That night I was walking through the red-light district just absorbing the experience. A man near me suddenly barked, “Hey, no pictures. Show some respect!” at a blond female tourist in her 20s. She had her phone in hand directed at one of...

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Episode 173 - Champagne Highlights

6/22/2019
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If you want to see where Champagne is made, you’ll need to go to Grand Est, a region in northeast France which you can get to in under an hour from Paris by train. A sparkling wine can only use the Champagne label if it’s produced with grapes grown here following the rules of the appellation. This region borders four countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Switzerland. Three of us were in Paris and took a day trip to the town of Reims, spelled R-E-I-M-S but pronounced Rance with a...

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Episode 172 - Nouvelle Aquitaine Highlights

6/21/2019
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Today’s highlights focus on Nouvelle Aquitaine in the southwest corner of France, it’s the largest of the 13 regions. I’ve traveled through many of its towns as a day trip from Spain or on the way to and from some other destination in France. We passed through or stayed in Arcachon, Merignac, La Rochelle and Niort on the way to Mont Saint Michel and then Bordeaux on the return. I passed through La Rochelle again on the way to Noirmoutier en l’ile. I’ve also been to Biarritz and...

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Episode 171 - Mont Saint Michel Highlights

6/20/2019
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My friend planted a seed in my head about an abbey rising from the sea on the northwestern coast of France in Normandy called Mont Saint Michel. It captured my imagination and the rest is history. What started off as a road trip from Pamplona to Arcachon to see the highest dune in Europe, fittingly became a great pilgrimage though France. It was pouring rain in every town we arrived in and we just kept pushing to get north of the storms. I’m certain the abbey was beckoning us north. When we...

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Episode 170 - Lyon Highlights

6/19/2019
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I was immediately smitten with Lyon. It’s the gastronomic capital of France and the heart of the Rhone Alpes region. I only had plans for a quick overnight in the Old Town. I checked into my hotel and asked for a dinner recommendation. As I was walking to the restaurant, I peered down a narrow alley and the sound of warm laughter was spilling out over the cobblestones. I wanted to soak up the convivial atmosphere so I sat next to a table of about 10 people with a jumble of accents who...

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Episode 169 - Noirmoutier Highlights

6/18/2019
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JT’s family has a summer home in Noirmoutier en l'Ile in the Bay of Biscay on the western Atlantic coast of France which I had the privilege of visiting. While it may be in the new Pays de la Loire region now, historically this area was part of Brittany. I could imagine my friend growing up here in the summers riding a bike through the maze of salt marshes lined with blackberry brambles and coming home with telltale purple smudges on his lips. I found a bicycle in the garage and rode...

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Episode 168 - French Riviera Highlights

6/17/2019
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Expanding on France this week. In the span of five years, I’ve traveled through 9 of the 13 regions of France. The area that has captured my soul is the French Riviera, the famous Cote d’Azur on the Mediterranean coast in southeast France. You can fly into Nice and take the train to any of the towns that dot the coast, my favorite is Villefranche Sur Mer. I still have a vivid memory of watching the sun drop into the sea while having a lovely homecooked dinner on the terrace of a gorgeous...

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Episode 167 - Andalusia Highlights

6/16/2019
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Highlights Focus on Andalusia in southern Spain. The crown jewels of Andalusia are Granada, Seville and Cordoba. I took a day trip to Granada while I was in Costa Del Sol. The Alhambra is the most famous Moorish palace for good reason. Our guide was a storyteller and painted such compelling visions of the Alhambra in her full glory that I was swooning from its grandeur. Seville is universally loved by other Spaniards. I tried fried Ortiguillas which are sea anemones at Eslava,...

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Episode 166 - Ibiza And Formentera Highlights

6/15/2019
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Highlights Focus on Ibiza and Formentera, part of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago off the eastern coast of Spain. To get to Formentera you have to take a ferry from Ibiza. We stayed one night in town so we could do some scuba diving. The only time I’ve ever been diving in Europe. The water was glorious. We couldn’t resist wading in at every beach that we visited. We almost missed our rental car return deadline. I noticed a lot of Italian dishes on the menus, the island is...

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Episode 165 - Basque Country Highlights

6/14/2019
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Highlights Focus on Basque Country in northern Spain including San Sebastian and Bilboa. French side includes Biarritz. They share the sea and the Pyrenees mountains. Basque people spend more than twice as much of their disposable income on food as people do in the United States. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/basque-country/travel-tips-and-articles/10-reasons-to-visit-basque-country/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d276c4d1 Pamplona was my gateway drug to Basque country. The crown...

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Episode 164 - Catalonia Highlights

6/13/2019
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Highlights Despite coming to Spain 7 years in a row, I’ve only been to 7 of the 17 autonomous communities because I return to and stay in Catalonia so often. I’m only fluent in English but have taught myself how to read menus in the languages of the countries I travel to most. So I can be lost but never hungry, a great motto to live by! I learned Catalan first which is the local dialect for Catalonia which includes Barcelona and Costa Brava. The famed El Bulli by Ferran Adria was in...

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Episode 163 - Costa Del Sol Highlights

6/12/2019
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Highlights Focus on Costa Del Sol in southern Spain. Joined my siblings and their significant others in Malaga. My nephew was turning one and took his first steps here. We visited the White Towns of Andalusia. Charming villages with white-washed walls like Mijas, Ojen, Estepona and Frigiliana. Most memorable for me was Ronda which sits perched over the El Tajo gorge. Marbella is the main resort area, overwhelmingly British. My food discoveries in this area were boquerones and...

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Episode 162 - Pamplona Highlights

6/11/2019
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Highlights Focus on Pamplona in Spain. 2014 First San Fermin festival, famously know as the running of the bulls. Here you order pintxos instead of tapas. Something delicious skewered to a piece of bread. And the local drink is Txacoli, a light dry slightly sparkling white wine. Even though Pamplona is in the Navarra region, they speak the Basque language and share so much of its culture that I hold them in the same place in my heart. I went to Pamplona with Sofia right after the...

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Episode 161 - Costa Brava Highlights

6/10/2019
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Highlights Expanding on Spain. Focus on Costa Brava which is the coastal region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain. When I was at the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres, I learned that he had a home in Port Lligat. The first opportunity someone invited me to Cadaques, I said yes without hesitation! We were celebrating the Feast of Sant Joan which coincides with the summer solstice and is one of the most important Catalan feast days. It’s also called Nit del Foc meaning Night of Fire,...

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Episode 160 - Finland Highlights

6/9/2019
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Country #39: Finland Highlights Helsinki for an overnight layover. Have some blueberry or lingonberry juice. Stay in the Design District. Stroll the Espa. Kapelli Restaurant Old Market Hall Checkout a seaside sauna like Allas or Loyly! Want answers? Send your questions, comments and thoughts about life universe@thelinlife.com Thank you so much for listening to The Lin Life Universe. I hope you’ve been enjoying it. Please leave a review!

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Episode 159 - Ireland Highlights

6/8/2019
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Country #38: Ireland Highlights Bad food Underwhelmed by Cliffs of Moher - pay for parking Try Aran Islands instead Inisheer - time has stopped Underwhelmed by Book of Kells Try Chester Beatty Library instead on grounds of Dublin Castle instead https://chesterbeatty.ie/ Impressive collection of Christian illuminated manuscripts and Islamic texts. Most extensive papyri collection in the world Want answers? Send your questions, comments and thoughts about life...

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Episode 158 - Turkey Highlights

6/7/2019
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Country #37: Turkey Highlights Ottoman architecture - a blend of Islamic and Byzantine Christian influences Istanbul - only city to straddle 2 continents Europe and Asia Food variety and flavors was mind-blowing Favorite dish - menemen, similar to scrambled shakshuka Obsessed with Turkish towels and textiles at the bazaar Cappadocia - hot air balloon sunrise tour, serene and peaceful Turkey had just issued a press release condemning the US government for their decision...

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Episode 157 - Lebanon Highlights

6/6/2019
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Country #36: Lebanon Highlights Exotic - Arabic, French, English languages. Greet loved ones with Bonjour habibi! Religious diversity - impressive and unexpected in Middle East, 18 officially recognized religious groups, mostly Christian and Muslim, churches next to mosques. ATMs dispense Lebanese pounds and USD Batroun - Magical coastal town with its intoxicating sea breeze along with being surrounded by Phoenician, Byzantine, Greek, Roman and Ottoman history made my time...

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