Sampling the World’s Best Pizza

Sampling the World’s Best


You’ve probably heard
travelers boast that there’s no better place for pizza than Naples, Italy.  But not all pizzas are created equally, so why not take on the task of finding the best
pizza in town?  It’s a fun and unique way to learn more about the history of
this great food. 


As far as the rules go, to
rate among the most flavorful, pizzas “must be prepared in wood burning brick
ovens.”  It has to be the creation of a true master, with at least two years
experience.  The dough has to garner the awe of whoever samples it.     


So why not start at Brandi,
near the Royal Palace?  It’s said to be the birthplace of “the Margherita
pizza,” although this delectable treat has been around since the days of
ancient Rome.  Stories tell that because it offered superb flavors and
displayed the colors of the country’s flag, the pie became a favorite of the
Queen of Savoy.  It was then named “Marguerita,” in her honor.  Ever since, the
stylish ambience and food of Brandi continues to attract locals and visitors


Pizzeria Trianon da Ciro is
another excellent choice, and a top destination.   Boasting an enormous
restaurant and an exciting menu, it’s well liked by even the pickiest
Neapolitans.  So if you crave for home-made buffalo mozzarella and over
twenty-five scrumptious toppings, this is the place to be.  Try the Italian
sausage or the locally grown vegetables.  But be willing to wait for a table.
The lines that wrap around the block are a true indication of the quality of its


Savor out-of-the ordinary
delights at La Notizia.  Consider a “white pizza” with eggplant and fresh-made
provolone cheese.  It’s certainly a must for discerning gourmets. 


And if you’re touring Naples’ historic district, stop by Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente, named in honor of former
President Clinton.  Sample a marinara, sizzling with the taste of garlic, olive
oil and other scrumptious seasonings.  Taste the lean prosciuttos and delight
in the superb wine list featuring vintages from the region.


Check out Da Michele, still
unchanged since the 19th century.  It serves the city’s top calzone
and pizza Margherita.   


As you’ll find out, in Italy, pizza is not just another culinary specialty.  It’s a work of art to be admired and

A Jamaica for Singles

A Jamaica for Singles

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If you’re single and looking
for the perfect party destination, Jamaica certainly fits the bill.  With
sun-drenched beaches, all-inclusive resorts, a vibrant nightlife and festive
atmosphere, this Caribbean escape will surpass all your expectations.


So pack your suitcase and
prepare to have the time of your life.  If on the other hand you seek the
perfect place to retreat from the world, Jamaica will not disappoint. 


In this island paradise you
may opt for the luxurious, everything included properties or the secluded bed
and breakfasts.  But singles in search of non-stop fun usually pick the
Hedonism Resorts, with all night discos, white sandy beaches, water sports
opportunities and sublime restaurants and lounges. 


At the Hedonism III, for
instance, you can cast all of your inhibitions adrift and soak up the rays on
the nude beach.  If pampering is a priority when vacationing, the highly
trained professionals of the spa will have you feeling refreshed and renewed. 
Try the massages, aromatherapies and exotic rituals using locally grown
flowers.  Active types will draw much pleasure from tennis, waterskiing,
snorkeling or winning at the slots machines in the game room.  And when the sun
sets, the themed nights take center stage.  With events like the Pajama
Parties, having a fantastic time is certainly guaranteed.  And who knows?  You
might even meet that special someone.


But don’t miss the array of
sites around the island.  They’re each more incredible than the next. Ocho Rios
is famed for Duns River Falls, a 600-foot waterfall that empties into the
ocean.  It’s also one of the most picturesque spots in the world.     


Follow in the footsteps of
celebrated movie stars with a tour of Port Antonio, home to Ian Fleming, author
of the iconic James Bond.  When in Montego Bay, check out Discovery Bay, the spot where Columbus arrived in 1494.  Spend a day of blissful shopping and indulge in
colorful beach ware,    handicrafts, souvenirs and the renowned Blue Mountain coffee. 


Some tourists may opt for the
quieter Negril hotels where they’re privy to endless miles of glorious shores,
turquoise waters and unrivaled sunsets.  They’re tranquil retreats from the
demands of a stressful world.


Whether in search of serenity
or the ultimate non-stop party, Jamaica is for you.  


Visiting Graz, Austria

Visiting Graz, Austria


If you haven’t visited Austria before, you might not be
familiar with the city of Graz.  It has as much to offer as Vienna, the
better-known Austrian city.  Actually, Graz is no lightweight, as it happens to
be the second biggest city in Austria. 


Graz, located in the southern section of the country, is
situated on the scenic River Mur.  It’s easily accessible by just about any
mode of transportation.  And since it’s only about 2 hours from Vienna by car,
it’s a great addition to any Austrian itinerary. 


Like all of Europe, the best time to visit is during the
summer months.  But even if you can only take your vacation during the dead of
winter, don’t take Graz off your list of must-see destinations.  Just dress
warm and you’ll still be able to enjoy the city’s sites and attractions. 


Though there is a lot to see and do in Graz, perhaps the
biggest attraction of all is the historic Schlossberg Castle, which is located
on the top of the Schlossberg (huge hill).  Napoleon’s army destroyed most of
the castle, but the Clock Tower still remains.  And once you arrive at the top,
you’ll be privy to the most amazing view of the city. 


The city’s Old Town area is another must see.  This older
section of the city was mostly spared during the bombing during WWII.  This
world heritage site is full of houses and buildings dating back hundreds of
years.  One site not to miss is the famous Landhaus, a magnificent palace that
dates back from the Renaissance period.  Other sites that should not be missed
are the Eggenberg Castle and the city’s main clock, the Glockenspiel Clock. 


The city of Graz, though steeped in history, does have a
more modern side.  In Graz, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy its clubs and
discos, even in such places as the city’s Old Town area.  And during the long
summer nights, you can sit outside in the open-air bars and people watch for
hours on end. 


If you’re in need of some retail therapy, don’t despair. 
Graz has its share of shopping opportunities, whether in its smaller shops or
the more commercialized department stores. 


Graz has something for everyone.