Five Essential Things To Do in Venice

I really thought I understood Italian cities by now. After my week-long art history field trip to Rome back in 2006, which was my first visit to Italy as a grown-up, I had returned to Italy’s capital in 2014 for several days and then visited Florence last year. I can order food in basic Italian and … Continue reading “Five Essential Things To Do in Venice”

How to Avoid Tourist Crowds in Florence

Florence is easily one of the most touristy places in all of Europe. You can’t blame people for picking Florence as a must-see destination in Italy though: It’s an absolutely gorgeous city and it’s a dream to visit — for anyone who loves art, architecture, history, food, and scenic views. Florence is the essence of what … Continue reading “How to Avoid Tourist Crowds in Florence”

The Best Food Finds in Florence

Of course, I wanted to go to Florence for the art, the architecture, and the Renaissance history. But I can’t deny that I was looking forward to eating all the food. I mean, it’s Italy, right? Give me Italian pasta and gelato, and I’m a happy girl. Despite all my excitement though, I knew it wouldn’t … Continue reading “The Best Food Finds in Florence”

The European Capital Curse

For some travelers it’s the one of the worst travel sins, but I’m absolutely guilty of it: Visiting (European) capital cities. Prague, Czech Republic Budapest, Hungary How often have I had a conversation with someone from England that went something like this: “So, have you been to England at all?” — “Yes!” — “Oh great! … Continue reading “The European Capital Curse”

Catching my Breath in Rome – The Cimitero Acattolico

We all want to be travelers, but we don’t want to be tourists. “Those” tourists. We don’t want to be a part of the crowds that line up in front of sights and information desks. Those people who just visit the Louvre to take a selfie with the Mona Lisa, and those who pose to … Continue reading “Catching my Breath in Rome – The Cimitero Acattolico”

Exploring the Flavors of Rome

Until a few years ago, I had never really cared about food abroad. As a picky pescetarian, my options have always been pretty limited anyways. Back in 2009 I didn’t care about croquet in Amsterdam; back in 2011 I didn’t care about goulash in Budapest — because these dishes are not vegetarian, but also because I just really … Continue reading “Exploring the Flavors of Rome”