How To Beat The Crowds At The Vatican

Vatican Panorama View

Everything about the Vatican is vast and impressive. As you step into St. Peter’s Square, the Basilica with its enormous dome takes center stage. Massive statues of Jesus and the apostles that are perched on the facade are almost dwarfed by the columns fronting the basilica. More enormous pillars, four deep, encircle and embrace all of St. Peter’s Square. The apostolic … Read more

Where to Eat in Rome? In The Kitchen – Cooking With Nonna!

Cooking With Nonna

There is no other experience in Rome that will leave you walking away from the table, over-stuffed and happy, with the sensation that you had been on the receiving end of a huge Italian hug, than Cooking with Nonna. For this one evening, no matter where you grew up, you are part of Nonna’s big Italian family. And … Read more

Rome’s Best Neighborhood: Trastevere

TrastevereOldCar

Rome is made up of many distinct areas, each with its own characteristics and charms. And each with fiercely loyal locals who consider the Roman neighborhood where they live, and their families have lived for generations, the very best. Such is the case for the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere.  Trastevere (which means “across the river”) … Read more

Rome – Behind The Keyhole

Lock in Rome Door

When you see a line there’s always something good at the other end – right? Why else would a bunch of people, on a perfectly beautiful day, spend their precious time in a line unless it was worthwhile? I’m one of those people that always wonders, and probably got myself in more than one line … Read more

Roaming in Rome – Colosseum and Roman Forum

Roman Colosseum

Visiting the Colosseum and the Roman forum are on the top of most travelers list of must-see places when visiting Rome, Italy. And they should be. You can’t walk through these iconic sites without feeling more connected to this ancient place. The Colosseum is a massive structure, actually the largest amphitheater in the world, that … Read more

5 Things Not To Miss In Madrid Spain

If Madrid, Spain isn’t in your travel bucket-list, add it now. Before we got there we heard all about the dramatic bull fights, the fruit laden sangria, the amazing paella. Of course, we learned once we arrived that most of those things are pretty much reserved for the tourists. But don’t let that deter you from visiting. … Read more

Why Meteora Greece Should Be On Your Bucket List

Meteora Greece

When our train pulled into Meteora Greece our jaws hit the ground. It’s one of those places that looks gorgeous in pictures, but is a completely different experience when you see it yourself. The sheer magnitude of the rock cliffs and numerous pillars rising above the town of Meteora gives you a similar feeling to standing in the … Read more

Our TBEX Athens Experience – PreTour Roundup

Athens Greece

We recently attended our very first TBEX (Travel Blogger Exchange) conference. It was exciting to us because, even after nine months of writing a travel blog, we didn’t feel like “official” bloggers. Really it’s a self-appointed title and can mean just about anything. Some people blog just for themselves, as a way to keep in touch with family and … Read more

A Wander with Athens Insiders

Anafiotika Neighborhood Greece

While in Athens we were thrilled to be invited to take a customized walking tour with Athens Insiders. And quickly after we met our guide, Yannis, we knew that this wouldn’t be your run of the mill walking tour. No scripted speech here. In preparation for the tour we were asked a series of questions about our interests. … Read more

Athens Greece Street Art

Before arriving in Athens, we heard a lot of about the graffiti that covers the walls of buildings throughout the city center. It can be an overwhelming sight. It’s so dense in some areas that it’s hard to find a small scrap of area on a wall that isn’t completely covered by cacophony of brightly colored graphics … Read more