Not the word that comes to mind when you think of Rome?

It wasn’t for me, either. That is, I believe, one of the reasons it took five visits to the Eternal City for me, as I told friends, to “get” Rome.

On this last visit, I had a mere day and a half to squeeze in visits to some of my existing favorite spots (mostly to eat, or drink espresso.) I didn’t have the slightest desire to trek to major sights — heck, I almost didn’t plan on seeing the Colosseum (until I realized that it’s not a visit to Rome without it making an appearance.) I’d been to Rome on my own, with friends, with family, and with my ex-boyfriend — all of whom had their first visit. So I’ve done the museums, monuments, and musts (and their lines) more times than I’d care to admit.

I still wanted to experience a new side of the city. I thirsted for a deeper experience. And, I knew I’d be hungry.

After consulting with friends and fellow travelers/expats, I honed in on the illustrious Testaccio neighborhood. A bit rough around the edges, but with the right ratio of Romans to tourists and a reputation for some of the city’s best food, I was ready to dig in.

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Been traveling loads in Europe?

Me, too. Here are my freshest finds that reinvigorated the continent for me.

Where to Go, Stay, and Dine 

Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, Italy, France


I promised myself I wouldn’t go to Europe again.

My heart yearns to return to Asia, all the time. I haven’t set foot in South America yet. The only place I have lived in and have seen a lot of is…Europe.


A traveler always has to decide — return to a place they already know they love, or see someplace new?

Yet with a strong dollar and a conference in one of my favorite places in the world, it wasn’t exactly hard to persuade me to reconsider. I was spending a month in Europe: some new places (Croatia, Slovenia) and some classics revisited (Spain, France, Italy.) Truth be told, my heart skips a beat every time I think about traveling in Europe. Though I know I need to venture out to see more of the world, it can be difficult to repeatedly resist Europe’s charms…

You all asked, and so I sat down to recap the best eats, stays, views, and experiences (that’s almost all the senses.) While I’ll be writing about many of these in more detail, I thought it might be helpful to have a list of everything all together.

I’ve narrowed it down to a (*cough, short*) list.  It might seem like a random collection of recommendations, but I’m confident it will send some of you off to some of the best experiences in the world.

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Is there anywhere as timelessly beautiful as Venezia?

Well, maybe all the other cities (Rome, Barcelona, Paris) I’ve posted in black and white…but, still. Venice. Sigh.


Bridge of Sighs Venice

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“To know life means to know how to move among uncertainties wherever they might take you…”Il Viandante

I found these words in a gallery window while perusing the Umbrian hillside town of Orvieto, on my last trip to Italy.

Never have I come across something random, yet so fitting for the very moment I was in.

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Part of my preserving travel memories is going through my photos at home from time to time.

Lately I have been missing some of my favorite cities, and I’ve enjoyed reliving a walk through a city’s streets in black and white.  Those of you who know my photos know I’m a huge fan of color — that’s why it’s sometimes nice to revisit a place without it.

What place is more fitting to begin a journey in black and white than the eternal city of Rome?

Take a stroll with me…then help me decide which city we should visit next.

Rome in Black and White:

Rome text Castel Sant'Angelo Rome

Black and white Rome

Rome black and white

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