Category Archives: Italy

Spotlight on Taverna Trilussa

We had read about Taverna Trilussa on Tripadvisor. Rick Steves also mentioned the establishment in his Italy guidebook. They only open for dinner so we decided to take a chance and walk in early. The Taverna is a hundred year … Continue reading

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Trastevere, Rome

One highlight of our stay in Rome was learning about areas where locals like to go for a birra or an Amatriciana. Jonathan, our all around go-to person during our Rome stay, suggested various “off-the-beaten-path but not-for-the-faint-of-heart” gems. Trastevere did … Continue reading

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Sated Yet?

There’s a saying in my hubby’s parents’ hometown in the Philippines that when one is overfull from eating (0r overeating), one becomes sad (malungkot). My hubby likes to call the state, “post-prandial triste.”  Somehow, it seems apt.  There is the … Continue reading

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Fleeting Art

We were exploring Florence’s vibrant town center around the Duomo when we came across some artists painstakingly creating an image on the street with colored chalk or maybe pastels.  They had a photograph of a Madonna that they were copying … Continue reading

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And The Signs Said

Here is sign we came across while walking around the city of Florence, Italy.  From afar, it looked like a “no entry” sign. But when we looked closer, there is someone carrying the horizontal bar. So, does this mean there … Continue reading

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View From Above

Last Friday’s DP Photo Challenge was “From Above.”  I’ve been running around a lot these past few days and have not had a chance to post, let alone read my fellow bloggers’ posts. But I felt I needed to just … Continue reading

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Volterra: Not Just For Twi-hards and Oenophiles

One of the last towns we visited in our week in Tuscany was the town of Volterra.  According to Rick Steves*, this vibrant and history-laden town was recently in the international limelight because it was used as the backdrop for … Continue reading

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Weekly Writing Challenge: A Splash of Color

Weekly Writing Challenge: Splash of Color Palio di Siena (or Il Palio) is a very old but still observed festival in Siena at least twice a year.  The tradition dates back to medieval times. It is a horse race where the … Continue reading

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A Mother and Her Two Daughters

It was the weekend and the ridership on the trains was quite robust.  We were moving from Monterosso, one of the five towns collectively called Cinque Terre, to Cannes.  Monterosso served as our home base during our five-day stay. We … Continue reading

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Picking Pockets

Our wallet was stolen when we were on our way back from Santa Margherita Ligure.  We had taken the regional train from Monterosso al Mare that morning on the first of September. We had been curious to see what the hype … Continue reading

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