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Photo blog: Hiking along the Cinque Terre

By | October 16th, 2015|Categories: Italy, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cinque Terre:  a rugged portion of coastline along the Italian Riviera.  Also known as 5 Lands, Cinque Terre is composed of 5 villages; Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.  The coastline, the 5 villages and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Something that makes the Cinque Terre so inviting is the lack of commercial development [...]

A love affair with Florence

By | October 14th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Even with a rainy day and an overcast day thrown into the mix, I can't see how anyone doesn't fall in love with this city.  Sure the Cathedral was under construction, the Piazza Della Signore was shoulder to shoulder with people and the lines to get into the museums snaked around every building.  BUT Florence is magical.  We did our own foodie tour on the first day and 2 different walking tours the following [...]

That’s a wrap folks!

By | October 10th, 2015|Categories: Africa, Europe, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Nine months in the books, and it's time for us to bid farewell to Europe.  Mike is ecstatic to get to Vietnam for some quality Asian food.  I'm excited because the weather will be HOT, HOT,HOT.  Plus, I think we are both ready for a little culture shock and what better way than to spend the next 3 months in Southeast Asia?  In case you missed where we've been, here's a recap of the last [...]

Naples, Italy – The Birth Place of Neapolitan Pizza

By | October 8th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Let's face it, we had one mission and one mission only while in Naples.....can you guess what it was?? Eat as much Neapolitan pizza as we could and to find the best pizza, in our opinion. I'm not going to lie, we had almost zero intentions do any anything but eat pizza and I know what you're thinking.....not even one site? We did do quite a bit of walking but mostly to work off [...]

Photo Tour of Rome

By | October 5th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We could bore everyone here with the details of all the sights in Rome, but thought it would be more fun to just showcase our favorite sights we planned to see and also those we stumbled upon purely accidentally. St. Peter's Basilica Piazza Navonna Castello de Sant' Angelo [...]

The eternal city of Rome including the Colloseum, St. Peter’s Basillica, The Vatican and The Forum

By | October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For one reason or another, Rome has never really excited me  But, as the old adage goes, all roads lead to Rome and a trip to Italy would not be complete without at least seeing the Eternal City and after visiting, I was quite taken with the city.  So much to see and do, some of the best moments were getting lost and finding ourselves down narrow alleyways with hidden trattorias, wine bars and [...]

Beautiful days spent on the Amalfi Coast

By | September 25th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Overlooking the Tyhrrenian Sea, the Amalfi Coast extends in the Gulf of Salerno and includes many famous cities. It's a unique place that is included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  If heading from Salerno, you'll first encounter Ventri Sul Mar followed by the fishing villages of Cetera and Maiori.  Heading inland from Maiori brings you to Tramonti, which is rumored to be the birthplace of Pizza (hmm...), or sticking along the coast, you'll [...]

Salerno, Italy and how to navigate along the Amalfi Coast

By | September 24th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

A visit to the southern part of Italy would not be complete without a visit the the Costeria Amalfitana (the Amalfi Coast) and lucky for us, we had 5 days to explore the coast and a number of it's seaside towns.  Staying along the Amalfi Coast for 5 days was absolutely out of our budget.  Not to mention the cost of everything from toilet tissue to croissants to a panini sandwhich was exorbenently inflated.  [...]

Mt. Etna – Europe’s highest and most active volcano

By | September 4th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Ever been so high up that it hurts to breath let alone, hike? Well we haven't, so what better way to break in these summit virgins than Mt. Etna?? Standing at 3,300 meters, is the Europe's highest active volcano and recently erupted too! Some quick facts about Mt. Etna: The last eruption started on May 12 and lasted 4 days. It's been around for around 500,000 years. Mt. Etna lies [...]

In the Spotlight: Ragusa Ibla, Sicily

By | September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Europe, Italy, Travel, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

If we thought going to Siracusa transported us back into time, it's only because we hadn't yet gone to Ragusa. Ragusa is a town of two faces.  Arriving by bus from Catania, we were deposited into Ragusa Superiore, or upper Ragusa, a busy workday town with all the makings of a modern day city.  We however were more interested in Ragusa Ibla, the old town, etched into the hillside. Sloping area of tangled alleyways, [...]