Steep, narrow cobblestone streets lined with the most beautiful ancient row houses and shops you can imagine. Vespas, churches, a clocktower, galleries, a piazza, olive groves, and fountains. Surrounded by an ancient wall, Siena is pretty much everything I’ve imagined an ancient European city would be. One of my favorite places in Siena is a… Continue Reading
Aren’t they delightful? I found them in a sweet shop in Siena, Italy. Siena is the sort of picturesque city that makes you daydream over your cappuccino about a sexy Italian man whisking you away through the narrow cobblestone streets on a vintage Vespa to his family’s Tuscan villa. Did I mention that the city… Continue Reading
I’ve been in love with the romanticism of classic city bikes for as long as I can remember. In college, I bought a blue 3 speed Raleigh from Salvation Army. I painted it black and rode it everywhere. A few years ago, I found a classic frame ladies bike at the curb on trash night… Continue Reading
Most definitely not in the Vatican!
My world was officially rocked the moment I saw the Baroque goodness that is Trevi Fountain! Somehow “fountain” seems to be an understatement for something so spectacular. It took 30 years to build! Trevi Fountain was of course commissioned by a Pope (isn’t everything in Rome?) and sits at the end of an aquaduct that… Continue Reading
The Vatican was a bit of a controversial destination for me. I’d initially planned to skip it, but when it Rome… it seems silly to skip the Vatican! I was raised Catholic and don’t have particularly fond memories of the experience. My grandmother forced me to make my Confirmation to ensure I’d be allowed allowed… Continue Reading
If I had to be picky, I’d say the one place Italy disappointed was in the area of food. I know, I know, I must be crazy, right? To Italy’s credit, I’ve never been a big fan of pasta. Even as a student, I’ve never “lived on” pasta, I much prefer potatoes. I love a… Continue Reading