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An artist’s dream.

From wandering through the country’s many art museums to feeling as though you’re trapped in a painting yourself, Italy is an artists best friend. Spend the day being enriched in one of the world’s oldest civilizations and cultures, while indulging in some of the finest foods imaginable.

The Colorful World of Cinque Terre

The Colorful World of Cinque Terre

Long ago, before the unification of Italy, people created beautiful coastal towns sitting atop the hills. Not accessible by train, these five hidden gems could only be reached by foot, boat or mule. Forgotten by much of the world, it wasn’t until quite recently that tourists started to arrive. Literally translating to “five lands”, Cinque Terre includes the five villages ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Michelangelo’s David

Foto Friday: Michelangelo's David

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of Michelangelo’s David in Florence. I enjoy going to art museums, but I’ll admit that just like at any other museum, I get bored rather quickly. After taking numerous art history courses as part of my degree in university, I appreciate seeing the pieces I learned ... Read More »

Florence Chic B&B: A Gem in the Heart of Florence

Florence Chic B&B: A Gem in the Heart of Florence

Located in the heart of historic Florence, on a street that overlooks some of the best upscale shopping, is a bed and breakfast that’s equally as chic– Florence Chic B&B. Arriving later than expected, thanks to lovely Italian trains, we decided to walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station. It was almost 10pm, we were tired and slightly unsure ... Read More »

Experiencing the Best of Tuscany (in One Day!)

Experiencing the Best of Tuscany (in One Day!)

Ever since I had decided I would go to Europe, people began asking me if I would make it to Tuscany. It seemed like everyone I talked to raved about this region, calling it their favorite in all of Italy, even random strangers I talked to while in a queue in Hong Kong. I pulled out my phone to pull ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Foto Friday: Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Ponte Vecchio, which literally just means “Old Bridge” in Italian, is one of the most famous sites in Florence. Spanning across the Arno River, this medieval structure dates back to the 1300s, but was said to have first appeared as early ... Read More »

Rome Under Wraps

Rome Under Wraps

Our first few hours in the Rome were pretty telling about what the rest of our time there would be like. Arriving into Termini right on schedule, we had just over an hour to drop off our bags and get ready to eat our hearts out on an Italian food tour that I had been looking forward to. Waiting in line ... Read More »

When in Rome… Visit the Vatican!

When in Rome... Visit the Vatican!

The Vatican sees over 25,000 people daily, making it the second most-visited attraction in Rome. That’s… A LOT of people. So clearly, whether you’re religious or not, when in Rome– a visit to the Vatican is a must! Even with only one night in Rome, I knew a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and the extraordinary Sistine Chapel had to be on our ... Read More »

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day, But it Can be Explored in One!

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day, But it Can be Explored in One!

I could write a book on the mistakes I made traveling around Europe. From only spending one night in London to spending too much time in Vienna… and I haven’t even revealed what my biggest mistake was yet! It seems like the cities I thought I wouldn’t like, or was told I wouldn’t like, were the cities I ended up liking ... Read More »

Foto Friday: The Canals of Venice

Foto Friday: The Canals of Venice

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the canals of Venice. From silhouetted churches to pink skies in Paris, we had plenty of memorable sunsets throughout our 5-week trip in Europe. However, I’m not sure any rivaled those of Venice. Night after night we were rewarded with beautiful sunsets, of which ... Read More »

Girls’ Guide to Venice

Girls' Guide to Venice

Venice’s beauty has long been subject of many artists and writers throughout the century. Now, don’t get me wrong, Venice is beautiful and had me feel as though I was trapped in a painting, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have its ugly moments. Touristy streets, crowds and the smell of sewage aside, it seems a lot of you ... Read More »