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Coquilles Saint-Jacques on a beach

Provençale Scallops

Did you ever wonder why scallop shells are iconic throughout European history, topping classical arches and doorways, marking pilgrim paths and even conveying a Greek goddess in Sandro Botticelli’s beloved Birth of Venus Renaissance masterpiece? This beloved bivalve is unique in abilities and flavor, because unlike immobile clams, oysters and mussels, sea scallops glide across …

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Rolling green hillsides and buildings of Tuscany

Tuscan Enigmatic Vines & Wines

Why does Sangiovese grow best in Tuscany? Italy cultivates more than 370 wine grape varieties over 1.7 million vineyard acres, but Sangiovese, a difficult and fickle grape, seems to almost exclusively thrive amid romantic vineyards just a sling’s throw from Michelangelo’s David. Central Italy epitomizes the Mediterranean climate and that is an important factor in …

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A Guide to Cozumel Cruise Port

Cozumel is an island paradise steeped in Mayan, Mexican and Caribbean culture. It’s widely loved for its pristine coral reefs and sparkling blue waters. It’s an exciting combination of everything that makes Cozumel so special — rich history, archaeological sites, modern resort amenities and a culmination of travelers and locals who share a love for …

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The Colossus of Rhodes – One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Anyone who’s ever had knee trouble can sympathize with the Colossus of Rhodes. Built of bronze and standing 110 feet tall, the Colossus of Rhodes statue depicting Helios, the Greek God of the Sun, towered over Rhodes’ Mandraki Harbor 2,000 years ago. It symbolized Rhodes’ victory over Cyprus. Architect Chares of Lindos designed the statue …

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Carol & Richard McMakin – Windstar Cruises’ Yacht Club Members Profile

We’re kicking off the launch of our newly enhanced loyalty program by celebrating our past guests during Yacht Club Member Appreciation Week. Each day we’ll be profiling a Yacht Club Member to showcase the member’s Windstar experiences and memories. Number of Windstar Cruises: 43 We’ve been fortunate to have taken 43 Windstar cruises so far. …

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Wildlife Found on Elba – Part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park

Pasta, pizza, historical sites and Italian leather goods are more apt to be on travelers’ reasons for visiting Italy than seeing wildlife. But for Windstar’s guests on the Yachtsman’s Harbors of the Rivieras  cruise, a weeklong trip visiting small ports offers time to slow down and chase butterflies, or watch dolphins play in the surf. …

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