Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Haircuts Around the World

Shortly after arriving in Florence for my semester abroad, I met a guy wearing a gold belt buckle shaped like a lion’s head, a pair of boot-cut jeans tight enough to cut off circulation on top, a shirt unbuttoned almost to his navel, and the trendiest near-mullet I’ve ever seen. And he was American. This [...]

40 Tips for Visiting Italy

I’ve spent a lot of time in Italy.  I studied abroad in Florence, traveled up and down the peninsula, and seem to keep returning. In that time, I’ve acquired a lot of knowledge about what to do and not to do in Italy.  Here are my best tips for having a great time in Italy! [...]

Best Views of Florence

Florence, Italy, with its red roofs and Renaissance architecture, is incredibly beautiful from every angle.  But some places are truly extraordinary. Whether you want to get stunning photos or simply enjoy the view, these are the five best places to experience the views of Florence. View #1: Florence from the Duomo The Duomo dominates the [...]

Europe: As Viewed From Above

Whenever I visit a new city, there are a few things I like to do: Stroll around the different neighborhoods. Find an awesome local bar. Climb to a high point and view the city from above. Here are several cities in Europe that I was lucky enough to view from above: Bruges, Belgium, as viewed [...]

Watching the World Cup in Florence

When I look back at the Europe trip that my sister and I took in 2006, I don’t think about exploring the Marais in Paris or eating moules frites in Bruges. I think about watching the USA vs. Italy World Cup game on the banks of the Arno in Florence. I hadn’t even known that [...]

What to Eat in Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy, is the capital of Tuscany — and one of the best places to experience traditional Tuscan cuisine.  These five dishes bring together the best of the region: rich stews, thick steaks, and some sweet surprises. Ribollita Image: dennis.tang Many Florentine dishes have origins from the countryside, and no dish better exemplifies that than [...]

Travelers’ Night In: Food, Glorious Food!

On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, focused on the foods we’ve experienced while traveling!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations! Here are the questions for this week: [...]

Travel Advice: Italy Travel Itinerary

I recently received an email from a reader named Charlie who is planning his first trip to Italy and looking for some itinerary advice. Here is an excerpt: Dear Vagabondress, My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy the end of September and early October.  Our mission is 2 fold.  Attend a wedding [...]

Travelers’ Night In — Adventure Travel!

This week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, focused on adventure travel!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations! Here are the questions for the week: Q1. What is the most [...]

Travelers’ Night In — Sun and Fun!

This week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, focused on sun and fun!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations! Here are the questions for the week: Q1. What is the [...]