Posts Tagged With: Italy

Photo of the Month: Illuminations

I will always love this photo I took of the Pantheon in central Rome. During the day the piazza is hot and crowded. But when the sun goes down the city vibe makes Rome even more magical. 

The Pantheon is one of the most visited buildings  in the city and it does tend to fill up with people quickly.  So get there early and you can enjoy a relatively still and peaceful visit.

Rome is fast becoming one of my favourite cities. The culture, language, food – and of course the people. Italians are quirky but intense at the same time.  A volatile but vibrant combination.

I loved the feeling of walking around Rome in the early summer evening. Not only was the temperature more pleasant, but the people were not in a hurry anymore. Everyone was relaxed, happy and out to enjoy this gorgeous illuminated city.

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Capri Magic

It has been a while since I have shared my favourite video memories with you. This short clip was taken back on my trip to Italy.  I was on my way back from a tour inside the Blue Grotto and I got lost in the moment of watching the Capri coastline go by. Continue reading

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Photo of the Month: Paris Macarons

A trip to France is not complete without sampling their world-famous, meringue cookie.  The French Macaron, also less commonly known as Gerber is a delicious dainty dessert like cookie with a long history.  Continue reading

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Italian Train Travel

Why is rail the best way to travel through Europe?  Not only are the views amazing, but it is easy and convenient to do.  In August I travelled Italy the whole time by train.  Starting from Milan in the north, I took the train down through the stunning Cinque Terre.  My rail journey ended in Rome. Continue reading

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Photo of the Month: Levitation

For 2016 I wondered what new series of posts I could introduce each month.  As I was looking through my photo archives I came across some interesting and a little unusual pictures.  So this idea became the basis for Photo of the Month.

This photo was taken as I was walking along the street in old Rome.  I call it Levitating Man and it was just fascinating to see someone “floating” on air without the magical special effects of TV.  As a traveller we see many strangely interesting things, places and even people.  It is these small things that makes our trips that much more interesting.

Busker 1

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Movie Inspired Travel

Ideas can come from anywhere even the movies.  We see a city highlighted in one of our favourite movies and feel it drawing us to explore more.  This is one method I use when choosing my next destination. Movies I feel are inspirational or I can connect with the characters’ thoughts and ambitions. Continue reading

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Frozen in Time

Little is still known about the origins of Pompeii prior to the city being covered in ash and rock back in 79 AD.  Pompeii covers an area of 66 hectares, but so far only 48 of those has been carefully excavated to reveal what is seen today.  Yet as you walk the ancient streets you will continue to see remains of further excavation activities. Continue reading

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The Audrey Hepburn Tour of Rome

Many movies have been inspired and filmed in Rome including one of my favourites – Roman Holiday.  When I was in Rome this past August, I made a point to visit a few locations used in the movie.  Although it was not my first visit to Rome, it felt like it.  I experienced this ancient city again from a different perspective – without a tour group and stopped off longer at these unique places.  While I don’t recommend walking the streets at night after a couple of sleeping pills like Audrey Hepburn did in the movie, the city is worth a look day and night. Continue reading

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Lord Byron Country

It is easy to see why the beautiful Cinque Terre coast has inspired many books, poems and films.  Rocky coastline.  Colourful villages perched on the side of hills. Friendly people.  It is truly an artists paradise. Lord Byron and Shelley Keats were two of the famous writers who found inspiration there. Continue reading

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By Rail or By Sea? That is the Question

One of the most beautiful panoramas along the Italian coast, the Cinque Terre can be seen in many ways. By rail, car, boat, taxi or on foot.  However, the two best way I discovered in July were by rail and by sea. The Cinque Terre consists of five tiny fishing villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterossso. Each has their own uniqueness but the place to set up your base is in La Spezia because more travel options are available to you. Continue reading

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