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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 […]

Don’t Borrow Money Just to Travel

Don’t Borrow Money Just to Travel

…and other advice you may not want to hear but should. ♣ ♠ As happy as it makes me when someone says I’ve inspired them to pursue their travel dreams, I also have one great fear: that what I say, or do, or write, will inadvertently […]

A Tryst in Trastevere

A Tryst in Trastevere

♥ Something about these two just caught my eye. . . Had I stumbled on a tryst? A temporary arrangement? A dangerous liaison? A lifelong affair? A plot? An intrigue? A desperate rendezvous? Something in their look just didn’t speak “happily married old couple” to me. […]

Trust Your Instincts When You Travel

Trust Your Instincts When You Travel

Or how a stringy-haired stranger by the Tiber caused me to do some probably silly things. ♥ ♠ The Tiber’s riverbanks, bathed in the light and warmth of Rome’s winter sun, didn’t seem like the sort of place one was likely to have an unwanted […]

Old Rome

Old Rome

♥ My last afternoon in Rome. ♥ ♥ From the Pantheon, I wandered off to the Piazza Navona, said to be one of Rome’s most beautiful squares. Barely a minute after I got there, a cameraman approached me and asked me to hold up a […]

It Snows Inside This Church

It Snows Inside This Church

♥ Or it would if it were also snowing outside, admittedly a tall order for a city like Rome. Nonetheless, snow can and does — check YouTube — drift through the oculus, the astonishing opening in the astonishing dome of the Pantheon. And despite its seemingly wholehearted embrace […]

Giardino degli Aranci | The Orange Garden Overlooking Rome

Giardino degli Aranci | The Orange Garden Overlooking Rome

♥ If I’d hoped to escape Valentines by fleeing to Italy, I could hardly have done worse than going up to Rome’s Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) at sunset. ♥ . . The Orange Garden (also referred to as Parco Savello) is located on the Aventine […]

Sleeping in Fiumicino

Sleeping in Fiumicino

♥ In which everyone gets woken up by security and I have a conversation with a handsome stranger at the bus stop ♥ ♥ A mild commotion wakes me up mere minutes after I finally manage to fall asleep. Mind still fuzzy, I look up. […]