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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 have their photo taken "leaning" against Big Ben. The people who suddenly stop in the middle of the street to look at a map. But the thing with tourists crowds is that most of the time the places where the tourists go are actually worth [...]

By |2014-05-05T23:50:01+02:002014/05/05|Categories: Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |10 Comments

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 didn't care: Why eat authentic food when there are more familiar options I trust, like my oh-so-beloved French fries? Before you leave the blog in shock: I changed my opinion about food abroad. In the fall of 2011, after a few weeks into my semester [...]

By |2016-03-08T09:06:01+01:002014/04/11|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Italy|Tags: , , |9 Comments

Photo Essay: Impressions from Rome

I just go back from a few days in Rome -- and I have a lot to write about. I learned so much on this trip: What a really good travel partner should be like, that pickpockets don't care about birthdays, that tourist crowds and annoying salesmen make me aggressive, and that I actually had no clue what good Italian food really tasted like. But before I start writing about all my ups and downs in Rome, and before I start swooning, raving, and ranting, I will share my favorite photos -- because pictures say more than thousand words. And [...]

By |2014-12-23T11:06:36+01:002014/03/20|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , |36 Comments

Photo Essay: The Ruins of Rome

You might call it procrastinating (and it probably is), but I've been going through photos and reminiscing quite lot lately, and found some gems from former trips around Europe... And since I'm unfortunately tied to my desk for two more months, I wanted to share a little of my Rome-back-in-2006-reminiscence with you. Rome, of course, was art historical heaven to me. A city with more than 400 churches (and this girl loves churches!) that is also home to the most fascinating buildings, sculptures, murals, fountains, paintings... everything. The ruins of the Crico Massimo  What I liked best however was how [...]

By |2013-05-07T04:31:55+02:002013/01/28|Categories: Art History, Photo Essay|Tags: , , , , |16 Comments

The Dilemma of (Fake) Fantasy Travel

I few weeks ago, I finally gave in to the social media circus and signed up for Pinterest. One of the very first things I did, naturally, was checking out the travel category. Besides the 4569 photos of different angles of the Eiffel Tower, I found places I've been to, places I'd like to go to, places I miss... I do love me some proper wanderlusting! Then, however, I stumbled over this gem: At first glimpse, I just thought "Oh my gosh! Where is this?? Need to go there ASAP!!", but then I read the picture's caption - Dublin, Ireland. I was [...]

By |2013-05-07T04:35:19+02:002012/11/15|Categories: Specials|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments

The Future Art Historian’s Guide to Rome

A little flashback - The trip to Italy was planned by my school as a senior field trip with my art class in September 2006. Art was my major in high school, and I just couldn’t wait to go to Rome to spend one whole week full of visiting churches, museums, palaces, and gardens in Italy’s ancient capital. I mean, how could I attempt to be an art historian and not be beyond excited about going to Rome? My teacher took her job seriously, and I am pretty sure that we have seen basically everything of art historical relevance in [...]

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