Author: Gaya

The Architectural Wonder That Started as a Group Project Gone Wrong

The Architectural Wonder That Started as a Group Project Gone Wrong

As group projects do.  ♥  ♥  As you probably know, the dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore — perhaps the most famous landmark in Florence — was built in the early 1400’s by Filippo Brunelleschi. What you may not know is that, […]

How to Have a 1-week Holiday in Sydney, Australia for PHP 50,000

How to Have a 1-week Holiday in Sydney, Australia for PHP 50,000

My first impression of Australia — Sydney in particular — was that it was inexplicably expensive. I was planning a weeklong trip for a family of 5 and it didn’t take long for the travel budget to reach six figures (in Philippine pesos). Sydney, for […]

Where to Stay in Florence: Hostel Gallo d’Oro

Where to Stay in Florence: Hostel Gallo d’Oro

Clean, colorful, close enough to the center, buffet breakfast plus free snacks practically 24/7, all for €22 a day. You can do much worse than Hostel Gallo d’Oro. One of my favorite things about my hostel: there's always some food in the kitchen. The room/bed rate comes […]

The Country Between Rome and Florence

The Country Between Rome and Florence

Scenes from the train ride to my final destination last February: . . . . . Details: Departure station: Roma Termini Arrival station: Firenze S. M. Novella Train: Frecciarossa 9420 Seat: 1A (choose this seat if you don’t want anyone sitting beside you) Cost: 24.90 € […]

Of Sunrises and Forgiveness

Of Sunrises and Forgiveness

♥ Photography’s blessing and curse is that it can bend reality — a curse in that it creates unattainable ideals, a blessing in that you can choose to look back on imperfect times with a more forgiving filter. . . Clumps of mud can look like a cluster […]

When The Moon Hits Your Eye…

When The Moon Hits Your Eye…

♥ Cobblestone streets, cafes, trattorias… Trastevere sounded too Instagrammable to still be true. I almost skipped it, if not for the fact that I had no idea how to get back to my B&B from Campo de Fiori. I did know that if I could just get […]