The growing and fascinating city of Budapest, Hungary was the first stop on my spring break journey, which lasted from March 3rd to 10th. I spent until the 6th in Budapest, and I learned to love the complex and beautiful place so quickly. I had no expectations, since I knew little about Budapest other than… Read More Budapest: Rich History, Ruins Bars, and Cheap Eats on the Danube
A half day spent strolling through the charming city center of Taormina, Sicily. Narrow streets, laughing groups of Italians, and bright sunshine made my time in this lively city truly magical.
Three weekends ago I had the wonderful chance to spend three days traveling around the Italian island of Sicily. My grandfather’s family is from there, so it was exciting to visit my roots. Also, I have noticed since being in Italy that my grandma’s cooking is extremely influenced by Sicilian styles of cooking (since there… Read More Drowning in History (and Cannoli) in Sicilia
One day spent trekking freely through a few thousand years of ruins. Beautifully preserved mosaics, public baths, apartments, and a large amphitheater make imagining life here in ancient times almost effortless.
Mansion-turned-gallery full of immaculate works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael, and the like. Each room is about as impressive as the pieces that inhabit it, surrounded by illusionistic ceilings and impressive details. Outside, sprawling gardens full of fountains, sculptures, segways, and dogs roaming freely create an oasis in a city of tourists and selfie-stick sellers. Tips… Read More Villa Borghese Gallery and Gardens: A Guide to Rome’s Version of Central Park