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Florence, the Medieval Renaissance Town of Italy

October 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Florence is considered a renaissance town owing to its many ruins and remains. Visitors taking Florence tours can visit the pallazio, the dome, the Vecchio Bridge, and the galleria. These awesome medieval structures affords visitors a unique opportunity of recreating the past that once stood in the town of Florence. It is a city that bleeds history and you can feel it just standing there.

Florence has numerous attractions that would appeal to the dreams of any art historian. The Museums and galleries have works of renowned artists such as Michelangelo. Lovers of photography can take awesome snapshots of the Ponte Vecchio Bridge while shoppers can also sample from some of the best designer shops found in Florence. There are so many things to do and there is something for everyone.

The numerous attractions offered by the town of Florence qualifies it to be included among the must visit cities for people taking Italy tours. A tour of Italy will not be complete without including Florence.


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Couch Surfing Your Way around the World

October 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phin Upham

How much would you pay for a place to stay while you travel around the world? For a growing group of adventurous travelers, the answer is nothing at all – as long as they are willing to stay with people they don’t know. That’s the concept behind “couch surfing,” where people have a chance to stay for free on the couches or spare bedrooms of strangers when they visit new places.

The catch? They also have to let strangers stay at their place. As reported in The New Yorker, millions of people are members of, an exchange that lets people host tourists at their house or apartment or look for people willing to offer their place as a temporary residence.

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About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Facebook page.

Top Reasons to Visit Brazil

October 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Samuel Phineas Upham

There are many reasons that Brazil is growing as one of the most popular travel destinations. What’s not to love about this amazing country? It’s an incredibly diverse country, full of natural beauty and plenty of adventure. Brazil is home to over 2,000 beaches, 1,000 islands, and of course the breathtaking Amazon River and Rainforest. As if the nature wasn’t enough of a reason to go, Brazil has a fascinating and unique culture, offers plenty of up close and personal experiences with the Samba, churrasco, and plenty of festivals.

If you’re a nature lover, Brazil is the destination for you. Nothing compares to the beaches of Brazil. Crystal blue water and pearl colored sand make these beaches absolutely unparalleled.

I’ve traveled all over the country, but my personal favorite is Ipanema in Zona Sul. Ipanema is one of the hot spot beaches in Rio de Janeiro. Some may not like it because it gets pretty crowded. But in my opinion, beautiful people and beautiful water together is even better than an isolated beach. Personally, I love beaches that offer adventure. All up and down the beach there are volleyball games, soccer games, wakeboarding and surfing. You can knock back a few coconuts or beers, whichever you prefer.

After spending time at the beaches, you have to check out one of the 62 national parks. The wildlife in Brazil is completely mind-blowing. I spent some time in the Amazon Rainforest and could not believe the trees! The Amazon produces over 20% of the earth’s oxygen! It’s often been nicknamed the “lungs of the earth.” It’s the world’s largest rainforest and something to see at least once in your lifetime.

While churrasco is mouth-watering and the Samba is a lot of fun to dance to, the nature in Brazil is worth the trip alone!

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn.