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Shannon Essa

Shannon Essa (Shannon) is a traveler through life who resides in San Diego. She co-wrote the guidebook Chow! Venice about eating and drinking in Venice, Italy. Shannon also owns and operates GrapeHops, Small Group Wine & Beer Tours to Europe and Beyond. Read Shannon's blog Poptarticus. Shannon is a Slow Travel Talk moderator and runs the Spain and Portugal forum.


Shannon's Venice Restaurant List: Recommended restaurants in Venice.

A Different Type of Meal - Cichetti in Venice: How to eat in the bars in Venice.

Venice Sestieri: The neighborhoods of Venice and where to stay.

Venice is Not Disneyland: Venice is a real living city. How to find the real Venice.

Trip Reports

Trip Report 902: The Virgin Voyage: In the Fall of 1998, two Italy-virgins venture into heaven and come back changed, 1998

Trip Report 445: 28 Nights in Venice: February - March 2000, I went to absorb Venice but instead, Venice absorbed me.

Trip Report 105: 10 Days in Sicily: I went to Sicily by myself and it was an intense experience. Sicily is a land of extremes; from beautiful seaside villages to rolling hills filled with vineyards and Greek ruins..., 2000


Staying in Paradores in Spain: How to find and book these historic hotels

Eating and Drinking in Spain: What to expect in restaurants, bars and cafes in Spain

Bodega El Fabulista: A visit to an underground wine cellar in the medieval hill town of Laguardia, in the Rioja.

Trip Report

Trip Report 386: Three Weeks in Spain: Shannon & Connie, daughter and mother, see six cities in Spain for tapas and touring


California: Disneyland for Grownups: When to go, hotels, tickets, restaurants, the rides

California: Wine Tasting on the Central Coast: Description of wineries, resources

Trip Report

Trip Report 289: 48 Hours Around Ensenada: A short visit to Ensenada and the Guadalupe Valley Wine Country, Mexico, 2003


Berlin, Germany – A City Reborn: Berlin is one of the most vibrant, energetic, and interesting cities in Europe, having rebuilt itself in a remarkably short period of time since the end of World War II.

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