Villa Borghese Gallery and Gardens: A Guide to Rome’s Version of Central Park

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

Ireland: Land o’ Green Landscapes, Towering Burger Kings, and Guinness Stew

I spent a chilly and exciting weekend in Dublin, made even better with a day trip to the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, and surrounding sites. Friday was spent navigating the Dart train from our Airbnb in the adorable suburb of Donaghmede. Once in the city, we did a bit of shopping on Grafton Street and… Read More Ireland: Land o’ Green Landscapes, Towering Burger Kings, and Guinness Stew

Firenze: Birthplace of the Renaissance, Pinocchio, and Gucci

My two-day trip to Florence began with a speedy stop at the McDonald’s in Termini Station. I had seen a Buzzfeed article a few months back about the newest item to be added to Italian McDonald’s menu: the Nutella burger. Officially called the “Sweety con Nutella,” I felt obligated to try the sweet bun filled… Read More Firenze: Birthplace of the Renaissance, Pinocchio, and Gucci