The Lasting Changes of 2016

2016 was the year this blog became shockingly quiet. I had been struggling with finding balance in-between working, traveling, blogging, and maintaining a social life ever since I started working back in 2013, but my struggles have gotten worse since. Maybe not actually worse, but my priorities shifted more and more as the years passed. I'm constantly amazed by people who can make time for working, blogging, maintaining relationships, and yet still work out, cook, and read a ton of books. However, I'm not one of those people: I can only focus on a few things at a time. I need "empty [...]

By |2017-06-29T13:36:13+02:002017/02/27|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of Spring 2016

A while ago, I stumbled upon a quote saying something like "whenever you want to say that you don't have time, say you don't want to make it a priority instead". It may sound harsh, but it's shockingly true: You can always make time for things that are a priority. And yes, in the last months, blogging was not a priority for me. To be honest, I don't feel the need to justify this priority shift. But maybe this summary of my spring 2016 can explain why I preferred to live offline for a change, and why it took me this [...]

By |2016-08-09T11:03:19+02:002016/08/06|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , , , , |8 Comments

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 I know the correct time frame to drink a cappuccino by now. Thus when I booked a super spontaneous trip to Venice with my mom back in March, I didn't think about buying a guide book or reading many blogs beforehand. Partly because I didn't [...]

By |2019-09-20T08:13:34+02:002016/05/10|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Around the World in Coffees: The 2015 Edition

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And by that I mean: I get to look back on the last year through the coffees I drank! Ever since I wrote my first blog post about traveling and coffee, my yearly coffee round-up has become an article I look forward to writing the entire year. I love how a collage of my coffees always tells stories from my kitchen table in Göttingen to far-off places all over the world. The changing of scenery, light, cups, tables, or sweet treats on the side are always part of my favorite memories, because with [...]

By |2016-01-03T15:57:24+01:002016/01/03|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |15 Comments

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 Italy dreams are made of. It's every bit as beautiful as you'd think. It looks just like the movies, but better. And that's what people come for. Millions of people. This is what the Piazza del Duomo looks like at 10 am in the morning. On [...]

By |2016-03-08T08:54:20+01:002015/05/27|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |15 Comments

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 be easy to find really good Florentine food among all the tourist traps with multilingual menus. When I visited Rome last year, I realized that you just can't just find the good places by accident. If it hadn't been for my Walks of Italy food [...]

By |2015-08-26T11:32:33+02:002015/04/23|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |14 Comments

Photo Essay: The Best of March 2015

March somehow went by so quickly that I can barely believe it's been four weeks since wrote my February round-up. But busy months always pass quickly, and March definitely was a busy month: From work obligations, to networking at the world's biggest travel trade fair, to photo shoots, to a trip to Italy with my mom, most of March felt like I was running around with barely enough time to catch my breath. March evening skies over Germany Travel I spent so much of my time in transit this month, traveling back an forth in-between German states for family birthdays, social events, [...]

By |2015-04-25T18:25:40+02:002015/03/31|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , , , |13 Comments

Photo Essay: Impressions from Florence

This photo essay doesn't really need an introduction: I was in Florence last week, and yes, it was a dream. It was my first time there and was so thrilled to finally see all the famous art and architecture in person. The weather was perfectly springtime-y, I had gelato every day, I took way too many photo of pretty lanterns, and I visited all the churches, museums, and cloisters. This trip was exactly was I needed after a long German winter: Feeling the surprisingly strong spring sunshine on my skin, drinking late-night espressi, and reanimating my love for art which I [...]

By |2015-04-03T08:15:54+02:002015/03/25|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , |16 Comments

Photo Essay: Rome in Black and White

Back when I still wanted to write a dozen or more review posts to end 2014, a "Best 14 photos of 2014" was definitely something on my agenda. I know I've been saying this ever since I first started stealing the boyfriend's dSLR back in late 2012, but the last year was an important year for my photography. I've come a long way since not knowing that a body and a lens are actually the two separate pieces that make a camera two years ago. Street-side books in Testaccio In 2013, I bought my first prime lens, which taught me so much about [...]

By |2015-01-06T21:03:50+01:002015/01/06|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , |9 Comments

Photo Essay: Art Lover’s Rome

A while back, I compiled a massive photo essay from my spring getaway to Rome, which did surprisingly well. Lesson learned: People love photos from Italy -- especially when these photos include a ridiculous amount of food and gelato images. I sure love those classic Italy impressions as well: When I go to a city like Rome I enjoy those little winding cobbled lanes, gelato and pasta, and every little bit of Italian cuteness, but to be honest: That's not what I travel to Rome for: I come for art, history and architecture. Because no matter if you want to [...]

By |2014-07-30T15:53:24+02:002014/07/30|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , |4 Comments
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