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We – Matt Walker and Zeneba Bowers – are the creators of, a travel consulting business. We craft personalized itineraries for travelers who want to avoid the typical tourist "checklist" locations in favor of more authentic and immersive experiences. Our Little Roads Europe Travel Guides are award-winning, small-town foodie guidebooks to Italy and Ireland. In these books we explore the breadbasket of Emilia-Romagna and the iconic cuisine of Tuscany; our guide to Ireland visits all of our “Little Roads” secrets of the Emerald Isle. We have just completed our fourth guidebook, available in Fall 2018: "Italy's Alpine Lakes: Small-town Itineraries for the Foodie Traveler". Our guides are about where we love to travel, but more importantly they illustrate how we travel. They are available in handy and beautiful color print versions, and also in Kindle format from Amazon. We have also written articles for various media outlets including Budget Travel and Gannett publications. We are classical musicians who perform in a symphony orchestra and in the Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, and we can be found on many recordings, both classical and popular. Off the stage, we travel as much as possible. We visit Europe 5-6 times a year, focusing most of our time on Italy and Ireland, with some excursions into England, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.We find places to visit based on intense scrutiny of detailed maps, exhaustive research, and experience of stumbling on these places ourselves, which itself is made possible by our style of travel. We wish to share with fellow travelers (and would-be travelers) the immense knowledge we have of very small towns that can’t be found in other literature or websites. We also share travel and packing and driving tips, and trip-planning ideas based on our many years of trial and error. We offer tips on how to get in and out of some of the major tourist sites (e.g. Cliffs of Moher, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Florence) with a minimum of stress and tourist hordes; and we also suggest alternatives that are equally gorgeous but less crowded. Come travel with us, and see how rewarding it is to visit Europe in Little Roads style...

Windmills of Europe- Travel Inspiration - Kiss From The World

Windmills of Europe

For nearly 1000 years, mankind has harnessed the wind to mill grains and to pump water. To this day, most of the rest of the world that’s not resistant to renewable...

Six “Game of Thrones” Sites in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a land of stunning landscapes and medieval architecture, which made it the perfect place for the makers of the “Game of Thrones” to film much of...

9 Popular European Tourist Sights and their Hidden Doppelgangers

Travelers to Europe always want to see the same things: The Roman Forum. Stonehenge. The Cliffs of Moher. It becomes a scavenger hunt, checking off boxes on some...

How a flight schedule can make your vacation

We travel to Europe 4-5 times annually, always in coach. It’s tempting to try and shave a few bucks off a flight by taking a less attractive schedule, or flying...


My Big Fat Tuscan Dinner Fail

Last March, we spent two solid weeks in Tuscany. We opted to rent an apartment in a little hill town not far from Pienza. The apartment was huge for two people – three...


Tuscany, Italy: Small-town Itineraries for the Foodie Traveler

These seven itineraries will guide you along the little roads of small-town Tuscany to some of the best food in the world — to the heart of Tuscan cuisine. Zeneba and...


Emilia-Romagna, Italy: A Personal Guide to Little-Known Places Foodies Will Love

Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region is often ignored by visitors, but it is rich in history, natural beauty, artwork and architecture spanning centuries. And it is the...

12 Quirky Museums in Northern Italy

WHEN TRAVELERS TO ITALY HEAR THE WORD “MUSEUM”, we typically think of walking along velvet rope-lines through hallways on old tile floors, admiring...


7 Lighthouses with Lodging in the UK and Ireland

We love to stay at remote and evocative lighthouses when we visit the UK and Ireland. Cliffside locations by the sea, extensive coastal walking paths, beautifully...

5 Great Castle Hotels in Italy

When we travel to Italy, we enjoy staying at B&Bs, agriturismo lodgings, or hotels, depending on the place. We’ve found that, for romance, historical interest, and...

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