The Journey Home: Pitstop in Zurich, Switzerland

Another long layover on our way home meant another journey through a new city for the day. When we arrived in Zurich, it was still dark outside. We decided to head to Starbucks first to have a small breakfast before … Continue reading

Willkommen in Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland

After a long flight and finally getting through the airport, we made it to Frankfurt, Germany! We had plenty of time to venture into the city (12 hours- and that’s with our flight being delayed!). Figuring out the trains there … Continue reading

African Adventures

In case it has not been obvious enough, my sister Kristen and I spent this Christmas in Africa! After lots of careful research and planning, we booked our trip with Kaya Volunteer to head to Livingstone, Zambia for two weeks to … Continue reading

Taste Of Italy In The North End

Our final full day in Boston was May 8th, and it sure was a delicious one. This post is basically all about food, so if you are hungry… you have been warned. We spent the entire morning on the North End Market … Continue reading

Experience Italy: The Top 10 Towns In Italy

The following is a guest post I wrote that can be found on Wolters World, along with plenty of other travel tips and destination ideas to get the most out of your travel experiences!

filmed on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Ever thought about going to Italy? Whether you’ve already booked your trip or you just hope you get the chance to go sometime in the future, it is important to make sure you are well informed about the country you are going to and their customs.

First of all, you must decide on your specific destination within Italy. With so many places to choose from this can be hard to narrow down, especially if you don’t know anything about the country itself. Watching the following video: “Visit Italy: Top Ten Towns In Italy” will make your decision making process much easier.

1.      Rome This city has everything and is truly a must-see if you are in Italy. Rome has amazing history, culture, museums, and more! There is something in Rome for everyone to no matter what kind of traveler you are. Some things to check out are the Colosseum, the Pantheon, or Trevi Fountain.

2.      Venice This city is also known as “the city of the canals” for their numerous waterways throughout the city. It is easy to get lost in the beauty of this city and the lifestyle here. You can come here to see St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) or simply just enjoy the atmosphere.

3.      Florence This is the place where you can see The Accademia, Michelangelo’s David, and all the beautiful renaissance artwork and architecture throughout the city.

4.      Siena If you are more into Gothic style, then Siena is the place to go. They are known for their Gothic cathedral, The Cathedral of Siena. Also, the horse race scene from the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace was filmed here! The well-known Palio horse races still take place here in the Square called “Piazza del Campo.”

5.      Cinque Terre In English, Cinque Terre means “the five lands.” There are five small villages placed in between these big cliffs on the rugged coastline, hence the name “Cinque Terre.”  There is big park that allows you to hike between these five towns. Don’t let the word ‘hike’ scare you away- it is a very easy hike that just about anyone can do!

6.      Como Located north of Milan, this is where a lot of the “ritzy and rich” of Milan go to have a good time, but you don’t have to be rich to enjoy it. They have a variety of water and mountain sports to enjoy along with the amazing scenery.

7.      Bolzano This is the place to go if you are tired of pizza and pasta. You can go here and speak German if you want, and it is a great mix of German, Austrian, and Italian culture. There is a museum here where you can see Otzi the Iceman, one of the world’s oldest and most popular mummies. Two hikers discovered his corpse in the Otzal Alps and he now resides in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, where you can learn much more about him and the Copper Age. While you are in Bolzano you can also check out and even hike at the Dolomites Mountains, which are not actually mountains but coral from billions of years ago.

8.      Siracusa They have great Greek influence, along with the rest of Sicily, and is a great destination if you want to go someplace in Sicily. If you are in Sicily you should also go to the Valle dei Templi (the Valley of Temples), which is an archeological site that really shows the Greek history of Sicily.

9.      The Amalfi Coast This is where the previously mentioned video is filmed. It is located just south of Naples. The mountains, coastlines, and beaches all provide stunning views of Italy.

10.  Pompeii and Herculaneum In Pompeii, you can see Mount Vesuvius, the damage that it did to the city, and what they found underneath. You can continue on to Herculaneum to see the fresco artwork and more remains that were uncovered beneath the mud.

Did you like my guest posts or the videos? Find much more at www.woltersworld.com.

Calling All Travelers: Discover The Best And Worst Of Italy

The following is a guest post I wrote that can be found on Wolters World, along with plenty of other travel tips and destination ideas to get the most out of your travel experiences!

filmed in Rome, Italy

5 Things You Will Hate About Italy:

1.      Yourself There are lots of tourists in Italy. They are everywhere! This means that there may be long lines and high prices. But so many tourists also means there must be a good reason to visit!

2.      Beggars/Pickpockets There are all kinds of pickpockets out there- and its not just men! They can be women and children too! Be careful with your belongings, and check out “9 Reasons You Got Robbed While Traveling” to learn what not to do! You can also try out a zipper pocket as shown in the video.

3.      The Toilets For women especially- be prepared for the toilets! Many of the bathrooms in Italy just have a hole in the ground or toilet with no seat. You can always bring seat covers to make you feel slightly cleaner!

4.      They Do Not Speak English or You Will Need to Learn Some Italian Even though they mostly do speak English in the tourism industry, generally the people don’t speak English. However, they will try to communicate with you so brushing up on your Italian before you go will be a great help! To learn some basic Italian, check out the Italian Language Learning section from Wolters World!

5.      Crossing the Road/Drivers Italy has some crazy drivers and busy streets, so be very careful when crossing the street or even just walking near the street.

5 Things You Will Love About Italy:

1.       The Super Friendly People Italians are very friendly and proud of their towns and history. The people of Italy really make the country how amazing it is today.

2.      The Food and Wine Both the food and wine in Italy are outstanding and will make your taste buds go crazy! There are all kinds of pasta, meats, cheese, and so much more! There will be different options depending on the region you are in and what season you go in, so be sure to try out as much as you can!

3.      Cheap Public Transport The trains, metro, and buses are all cheap and effective methods of transportation in Italy. With so many options it is very easy to navigate through Italy, and even between other nearby countries.

4.      The Weather You will always find great weather, no matter what part of Italy you choose to visit! There is never a “bad time” to visit Italy.

5.      It’s Italy!  Everything is amazing in Italy. The rich history, museums, landscapes, and so much more all contribute to the amazing experiences you will have in Italy.

Overall, Italy is a breathtaking country with so much depth and beauty to experience that you muse see at some point in your life. Both of the previous videos will help you to get a feel for Italy as a first-time visitor and help you to get the most out of your trip to Italy.

Additional Italy Tourism Websites:

http://www.italia.it/en/home.html Italy Tourism Official Website

http://blog.italian-connection.com  “Anita’s Italy: Life and Travels in Italy”

http://www.adventurouskate.com/40-tips-for-visiting-italy/  “Adventurous Kate: Solo Female Travel Blog”

http://www.ultimateitaly.com “Ultimate Italy” (Italy Travel Guide)

http://lavitaebellablog.com “La Vitae Bella”

http://www.msadventuresinitaly.com/blog/ “Ms. Adventures In Italy”

Day 14: The End of the Final Frolic in London

We continued to frolic through London as we made our way to Harrods, one of the most famous department stores in the world. I have never seen anything like it. My mouth was open the entire time we were there … Continue reading

Day 14: Final Frolic in London (Part 1)

The last full day of the trip… May 29th. This was an action packed day (since we tried to do anything and everything we possibly could) so it will definitely split it up into two posts. We started off our … Continue reading

Day 13: Hogwarts Journey Continues

So the epic journey through the magical land of witchcraft and wizardry continues. There was a lot yesterday, but there is still much more. And I mean it when I say the awe and excitement continues to grow through the rest of … Continue reading