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Gwen Pratesi is a James Beard Foundation Award Finalist in Journalism and award-winning travel writer. She is the author and owner of with her husband, coauthor of Southern Heat, and co-owner of On the Road Culinary Adventures, a culinary travel business. She is a contributor to the Travel section of U.S. News & World Report and freelances for other publications including Forbes Travel Guide,, Reader's Digest, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, and World Travel Magazine.

Her work has also been featured on MSN, Yahoo!, Business Insider, and Gwen chronicles her love of international travel and experience as a professional home cook on, where she shares the stories of some of the world's most sought-after destinations, highly regarded chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, wine and spirits producers, and culinary artisans. She and her husband just traded in big city life in Atlanta for shorts and flip-flops at Fernandina Beach, Florida. They look forward to enjoying the coastal lifestyle with their new Tibetan Terrier, Rhythm.

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Spending a few days on the legendary French sailing yacht, Club Med 2. @clubmed @clubmed2 #clubmed #clubmed2 #clubmedexclusivecollection #travel #cruise #yacht #caribbean

More images from Antarctica (taken with the Canon EOS R10), including a closer shot of the seals, but this was definitely the year of the penguin. @atlasoceanvoyages @canonusa #travel #expedition #Antarctica #penguin #penguins #canon #canonphotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #atlasoceanvoyages

Here are some of my favorite images from my Antarctica expedition on the new World Traveller with @atlasoceanvoyages. I have a few posts I'll be sharing. These images were taken with the @canonusa EOS R10, a mirrorless camera, and most of them with the Canon EF-M 18-150mm lens. It was the perfect lightweight setup for me to use as I had mostly switched to just using my iPhone for photos when I travel due to the weight of the equipment we owned. I knew that I would never get the quality of images I wanted for the wildlife shots with just my iPhone, so I was excited to take the new Canon camera on this incredible adventure to the White Continent. #travel #photography #adventure #whitecontinent #wildlife #canon #canonphotography #wildlifephotography #partner #Antarctica #expedition #atlasoceanvoyages #worldtraveller

More photos from Antarctica. This really captures some of the stunning scenery and sea days during our expedition, although five minutes later the sun could have been shining. @atlasoceanvoyages #moodyskies #antarctica #travel #expedition #whitecontinent #thelastcontinent #southernocean

Bright lights, big city. New York, New York. The views from my balcony on the new MSC Seascape as we were arriving into the city at 5:43 a.m. this morning. 😍 @msccruisesofficial #msccruises #mscseascape #cruise #travel #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorknewyork

And then there are the icebergs…What a magical place. 🥰🐧🗻❄️ @atlasoceanvoyages #Antarctica #travel #expedition #yachtlife #yachtstyleexpedition #cruise

Penguins, seals, snow and weather that changes every few minutes. This is Robert Point, South Shetland Islands. 🐧🗻❄️ @atlasoceanvoyages #cruise #travel #expedition #worldtraveller #inaugural #Antarctica #bucketlist

It’s a long way to Antarctica, but I made it. What a wonderful experience it is to finally visit the White Continent! 🐧🦭🐳❄️ @atlasoceanvoyages @cruisecritic #travel #cruise #expedition #Antarctica #magical #whitecontinent #wildlife #cruisetravel

I’ve made it to The End of the World. Up next, @atlasoceanvoyages Inaugural Cruise to Antarctica aboard their new ship, World Traveller. 🐧🦭🐳🌊@cruisecritic #cruise #travel #cruisetravel #ushuaia #endoftheworld #antarctica #thewhitecontinent

Jacques Pepin was on Amelia Island this week for the Pétanque America’s Amelia Island Open. He also had a few events and book signings for his new book, Art of the Chicken. 🐓 It was wonderful to be able to thank him in person for the time he spent chatting with me about his longtime relationship with our beautiful island for the piece, “Island Inspiration,” in the November 2022 issue of @travelandleisure @jacquespepinfoundation @visitameliaisland #travel #petanque #pétanque #ameliaisland #florida #jacquespepin #cooking #chef

Norwegian Prima in Progreso, Mexico. She is beautiful. 😍 @norwegiancruiseline #norwegianprima #cruisenorwegian #travel #cruise #mexico #yucatan #progreso

A few photos from Split and the Diocletian’s Palace. Built at the turn of the 4th century for the Roman emperor Diocletian, this impressive fortress encompasses about half of the old town in Split. I visited Split ten years ago, and it has definitely changed. It’s not the quiet coastal town I remembered from 2012. And that was in the summer. This visit, it was incredibly busy with tourists and locals. The word obviously got out… and then there was @gameofthrones 😳 @azamaravoyages #travel #cruise #history #got #split #croatia

Trogir, Croatia. A beautiful historic harbour town on the Adriatic Coast. @azamaravoyages #travel #cruise #trogir #croatia #croatiatravel #azamaraquest

Serving up a Slice of Civil Rights History

It’s always exciting to have a new restaurant in town, especially one with an intriguing concept, but it’s the significance of the space and what happened in this place on January 31, 1961, that makes Kounter genuinely unique. The name “Kounter” seemed fitting since this space is home to the original counter where the Friendship 9 staged their sit-in 60 years ago demanding service at the white-only lunch counter. Opened in 1937 as a white-only lunch counter at McCrory’s variety store, this restaurant has been several different concepts over the 60 years since the Friendship 9 staged their sit-in. When his daughter, who graduated from Rock Hill’s Winthrop College, learned about the Friendship 9 on the 20th anniversary of that day in 1981, he said, “When she found out, my name was mud, because her mama never said anything either.”

Serving up a Slice of Civil Rights History

The name “Kounter” seemed fitting since this space is home to the original counter where the Friendship 9 staged their sit-in 60 years ago demanding service at the white-only lunch counter. When Chef Masone, who owns Kre8 Xperiences, an event and party planning company, and two culinary concepts in Florida, decided to return home and open a restaurant, he was especially interested in the event space at the back of the building at 135 E. Main Street. When Williamson finished school at Friendship Junior College, he said he couldn’t find work in Rock Hill. Mr. Williamson and his family were able to come in and be the first people served at Kounter, and Masone said, “

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