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Get Your History On: Patriotic Reawakening Tour

George Washington statue at Virginia State Capitol
Schoolchildren give their rapt attention to the tour guide at the Virigina State Capitol as he talks about the only statue for which George Washington posed. I, too, felt like an eager learner wanting to take in all of the wonder and awe of our nation's history during our road trip across hallowed ground.

When we first began planning what we initially called our "Civil War Tour," we weren't quite sure what to expect – or where to start.

It was new territory for us as we crisscrossed Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. We found ourselves entering and exiting multiple states within minutes of one another. “Goodbye, Virginia,” we’d announce, only to re-enter it again on the same stretch of highway minutes later.

I guess you could call our trip more of a hodgepodge of Revolutionary and Civil War history.

Insider Tips: Prepare To Be Wowed by Florence

Florence Tour Guide Giulia Castelli of Giulia Florence Wowtown
When I asked if I could take our guide Giulia’s photo, she enthusiastically obliged and hammed it up for the camera.

I got to know the bubbly and tell-it-straight guide Giulia Castelli during a half-day tour of Florence, Italy. By the end of our short time together, I felt as if I was parting with a dear friend.

Giulia isn’t shy to share what she loves about her city, bringing its past and present to life with stories and details that otherwise might go unnoticed.

Anguilla: 50 Shades of Blue

Anguilla's 50 shades of blue

From sea to sky, Anguilla is a scintillating 50 shades of blue.

You can’t help but gawk at the ocean. From the palest aquamarine to the brightest turquoise to the stormiest blue, the color show unfolds as the sun and clouds jockey for position in an equally alluring sky.

With 33 beaches on this 35-square-mile Caribbean island in the British West Indies, there are plenty of vantage points from which to appreciate its subtle shades.