Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Small Towns in Europe That I Love

Let me tell you something: it’s easy to go to Europe and see nothing but cities.  For years, that was my modus operandi — to hit up the major cities and ignore small towns along the way.  It’s the easiest and most convenient option, especially if you’re traveling by train. But in the past year, […]

My Favorite New Destinations of 2012

I’ve been doing several Top 12 of 2012 lists to round out the year, and initially had a Top 12 New Destinations of 2012 list in the making. But I decided to scrap it — 12 wasn’t a good number for this one.  I wanted to narrow it down to the destinations that REALLY floored […]

How Umbria Changed My Mind About Italy

Italy is my country.  I’ve spent a long time there, I studied abroad there, and I get a huge smile on my face each time I return, excited for the food and the wine and the beautiful people. As a result, my readers are always asking me for Italy advice.  Most of the time, people […]

The Ultimate Umbrian Feast

I’ve done a lot of the quintessential experiences in Italy — gawked at the Sistine Chapel in Rome, hiked the cliffs of Capri, ate myself into a coma in Emilia-Romagna’s trattorias, lazed on a gondola in Venice.  But there was one quintessential Italian activity I’ve never done.  That activity? Going to a winery and having […]

Scenes from Lovely Umbria, Italy

This April, I got to spend a wonderful week in the beautiful region of Umbria, Italy.  This spring’s Travel Bloggers Unite conference was held in partnership with the Umbria Region Tourism Board in the town of Assisi. I absolutely love Italy.  Italy probably ties for my favorite country along with Thailand, and I’ve spent so much […]