Today is Valentine’s Day. A day when everyone declares their love for each other. However, they may not be thrilled to hear the origins of this day are not so romantic. February 14 was created in order to celebrate the life of St Valentine of Rome who was beheaded because of his controversial beliefs. Continue reading “The Dark Side of Valentine”
From the first time I visited Italy last decade, I fell in love with the country. The people, language, food, history and culture were etched into my mind forever. So it is little surprise I will head back there later this year. Continue reading “Busking in Rome”
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. Continue reading “Photo of the Month: Illuminations”
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 “Italian Train Travel”
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.
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 “Movie Inspired Travel”
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 “The Audrey Hepburn Tour of Rome”