Putting the “Solo” in Travel

I got my first taste of solo travelling this year in April. I left home – this safe, food filled sanctuary that we all know as; and parted for Europe — Italy to be exact. I was able to fit in 4 beautiful countries in 9 weeks total. Reminiscing on the plane back to Vancouver, I…

How to Eat/Stay Healthy in Europe

Yes, this title sounds ridiculous and almost impossible as a backpacker. Don’t get me wrong, but you get to that point in your travels where you really miss the taste of spinach or a fresh carrot. Spending two months in the three food capitals of Europe (Italy, Switzerland, and France), you get to know your…

Day Trips from Bologna you should do!

When I first started researching Bologna, I had come across multiple websites/blogs that told me to venture out and take as many day trips as possible. I knew looking on the map and seeing how close these great towns were; a day trip couldn’t hurt!

Florence: Off the Beaten Path

This is not the first time I’ve visited Florence. I actually spent a day here a few weeks ago with my Top Deck tour group. Before I left home, I knew I wouldn’t be able to see everything Florence had to offer in one day. This was one of the reasons why I decided to…

Flour, anyone?

The other day, I had the amazing experience to see how truly organic flour is produced in Sora.

I left Rome for the Countryside…

As of this moment, I’m writing this blog, situated in the kitchen of the guesthouse I’m staying at. A rustic pizza oven’s to my right, a banged up playable guitar’s to my left and a beautiful dog at my side. Here, the door always stays open until dark as fresh air constantly blows in along…

Cinque Terre: Can I live here please?

Visiting the town of La Spezia, you can’t not visit Cinque Terre. Pronounced as “chink-eh tear-eh” (of course with an Italian accent), you find these beautiful villages built on enormous rock faces. Each of the 5 are located on the north west coast of the Italian Riviera. It’s shores touch the Mediterranean and trails lead…

Lucca: The town of surprises

Sunday morning, we parted from sunny Florence and started our day out with a 3 hour stop to the town of Lucca.

Sorrento – Capri – Positano…I’m in heaven.

I’m not exaggerating when I tell you I saw all of the things I want in my “Pinterest” dream house today. From flower awnings, cast iron gates, ancient looking stone work and cats that roam sidewalks. Sorrento is this cute city on the water that offers easy access to two main day trip excursions: Isle…

Why you should resist taking the metro in Rome

First and far most I am not protesting against the metro because I’m a “germ-freak”. Yes, the metro is nasty–there was someone smoking inside the building and people would spit in the corners— BUT like I said…those weren’t all the reasons I chose to walk today.

Very first 3 hours in Rome – in a nutshell…

Today honestly felt as though I’ve lived the longest day. It was to a point I forgot what day it was. With all the connecting flights, trains, and endless walking; Rome welcomed me with open arms. It’s difficult writing this blog entry because it still seems surreal I’m actually here. I just came back from…