My Top Five European Churches

One of my favorite things about traveling to different countries is viewing their culture through architecture. And there is nothing quite like the architecture built by religious organizations, especially centuries ago when the church was an even more influential and integral part of society. Often churches were the tallest and most intricate buildings in the…

Roma: A photo blog

Hello from the farm! It occurred to me the other day that while I include photos in my blogs about the places I go, I don’t share nearly the amount of photos I take on my travels. Given that I won’t be traveling any time soon, I thought now was the perfect time to share…

Three odd yet popular ceramic souvenirs in Sicily

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean off the southwestern tip of Italy’s ‘boot’ is well known for it’s brightly painted ceramic wares. You can find nearly anything you can think of made in ceramic including vases, jugs, plates, bowls, olive oil bottles, but NOT… butter dishes. I broke my Cinque Terre butter dish earlier…

Five Reasons You Need to Visit Erice, Sicily

On our recent trip to Sicily, we decided to have a general game plan without getting to much into the weeds of planning a trip. We wanted to experience Sicily for what it is and really just immerse ourselves in the culture. So, though we had a general list of Tim’s family’s villages we wanted…

Blogette #4: Getting lost in Venice

You’re going to get lost in Venice, just accept it and enjoy it. This was the advice I remember most from reading Rick Steve’s book on the floating city. And while my overconfidence in my map reading skills lead me to be dubious about this advice, it proved to be 100% correct. You WILL get…

Rolling out Ravioli in Rome

The heat enveloped us as we stepped out of the last stop on the Rome’s metro blue line. Intense sunlight played between clouds heavy with rain that wouldn’t fall. the air so thick it was almost tangible. I longed for the cool of the metro train as we walked through the nearly abandoned streets. The…

Discover Cinque Terre and the Ligurian Coast

Last June I arrived for the first time in Cinque Terre and generally liked my experience. This summer, I arrived again and fell in love. Zoe, my college roommate, and I spent four days and three nights on the amazing coast of Liguria and vowed to return again next summer and every summer as long…

Blogette #2 – An anxious traveller in Milan

Sometimes, I am able to do semi-solo travel when I’m with Tim for his work trips. But often, due to my GAD and C-PTSD, it is very limited. In places like Edinburgh, a small big city, I am very comfortable. But when it comes to traveling alone in a new large city, I like to…

Firenze’s Phenomenal Food

Besides the amazing museums, architecture and general feeling that you’re walking through history, my favorite part about Italy is the food. Everywhere you turn you can find delicious pasta, melt in your mouth gnocchi, pizza unlike anything you’ve ever tasted and of course gelato to make you drop to your knees and praise the ice…

Five Must see Pieces of Art in Florence

As the birthplace of the European Renaissance, Florence has awe-inspiring works of art and architecture at every turn and it’s impossible to see them all in a short trip, but this past weekend, we tried to squeeze in as many as possible. Traveling my friend Kaitlin, who’s a photographer and fellow artist (and our husbands),…