Be as sneaky as old timey Venetian politicians while learning all the secrets of the Doge’s Palace!
Expat life: Looking forward, looking back
Having family split over 3 countries can lead to a bit of chaos, especially when a baby's due date is part of the planning. New jobs and the ability to finally have our belongings sent from Italy, plus the travel blogging, meant that we've taken more than one flight over the last few months. Still, …
Keeping Cool Roman Bath Style
Visiting hidden mineral springs outside of Rome. They’re good for the skin and have natural bubbles, too!
No eels, just fruit, thanks!
Sneaking away for an afternoon by the lake, we discovered a beautiful town named after eels. Or not.
Photo of the Supermoon from Rome, Italy. :)
Roman Food, I may let you live
The grueling work of eating my way out of a Neapolitan food bias.
3 ½ Things to do on Capri
If you only have an afternoon to visit the lovely isle of Capri, here are the three (and a half!) things you should do!
The Definitive Guide to Pizza Margherita
The be-all, end-all, do-all, mother-of-all posts on Pizza Margherita! (Trust me.)
Featured Photo: Colosseum Top Tier
Super secret picture of the top tier of the Colosseum!
New website, guests, tours, and crazy-busy-ness.
I still love you, I’m just busy creating experiences to blog about – oh, and a new website, too!
Lucky happenstance: Coro Soldanella in Venice
Walking through the narrow streets of Venice, we were stopped by a crowd of men – who burst into song!
Scenes of Venice
Venice, Italy Like the saying, "You are what you eat" goes, we are often influenced by the people around us. Having now spent time with Sherry Ott in three different and iconic Italian cities, I felt challenged (in a good way) to get off my hiney and step up my photo game a bit. This …
Murano Glassblowing in Venice
Venice, Italy On my first visit to Venice I was with a tour group for part of the time. One of the things they organized was a glassblowing demonstration, since nearby Murano is so famous for glassworks. I can’t swear to it, but I think anyone can walk into Dogi’s Murano Art and see the …
Rantypants: working overseas
Outside of the US Dear Universe, Sometimes I need to know that the door which just closed did so because another, much better one, is opening. You have my number. Thanks. Sincerely, Rantypants Every bed of roses has its thorn. That smells. Or something. Usually my blog is my happy place. Aside from …
Sweet, frosted Colosseum!
Rome, Italy I generally prefer chocolate frosting, though an occasional cream cheese-based confection will really get me. And while I have been slowly introducing Dario's family to some of my favorite American foods – stuffed chicken, pancakes, creamy salad dressing – we still haven't mastered frosting. Part of the problem is that zucchero a velo …
Meanwhile, in Spain…
Rome, Italy Dario and I decided to spend some time with the family back in Italy, both for the pleasure of being together for the holidays and to skip out on some of the cold, dark, Irish winter. Unfortunately, we seem to have brought the weather with us! (Click to enlarge.) On a clear …
Herculaneum: Pompeii’s mud-covered sister city
Naples, Italy You've probably heard of Pompeii, home of ash-covered treasures and the famous plaster casts of the bodies of unfortunate victims from Vesuvio's eruption in 79 A.D. New excavation techniques using were formulated, amazing art was discovered, and insight into a period of time nearly two millennia past was revealed. Fascinating stuff! Pompeii is …
Rose colored glasses don’t keep out the smell
Rome, Italy I love it when things go swimmingly! It's great when everything is exactly as relaxing, luxurious, delicious, and romantic as you'd hoped. On the other hand, it can also be oddly perfect when things take a hilariously strange or utterly wrong turn. When Dario and I had the opportunity to stay in a …