Category — Europe

{itineraries} 3 Days in London – Off the Beaten Path (With or Without Kids!)

Having been to London quite a few times, on a recent trip I decided to try some activities and itineraries that are decidedly off the beaten path. It was so much fun to avoid the crowds of Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace and get into some spaces and places that were less clogged by tourists yet even more enjoyable.

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August 14, 2015   No Comments

{travelogue} My Favorite Places in Barcelona

I recently spent a week in Barcelona with my husband and almost-3-year-old. We scouted some excellent restaurants, sights, and neighborhoods and even did a fantastic food tour. Here are my favorites!

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February 17, 2015   No Comments

{bella roma} My Favorite Things to Do and Eat in Rome

Since tonight I officially returned to my Italian lessons after a 6 month hiatus, I was inspired to share my Rome travel guide. I have emailed this list of recommendations to so many people, but somehow it has never made it onto the blog. I’m excited to report all of my favorite things to do and eat in Rome, organized by neighborhood. I can’t wait to go back so I can expand this list even further!

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July 7, 2014   1 Comment

{10 Second Vacation} Ahhhh, the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is known for its beauty, with steep cliffs leading down to endless bays and beaches. Most people focus on the touristy northern town of Positano, but there are some real gems a bit farther south. Heading south from Positano, the Fiordo di Furore is a special place–a pocket-sized inlet with a dramatic arched bridge. Its beach is littered with smoothed-out pottery shards you can collect. Further down the road is the lively town of Amalfi itself. Away from Amalfi’s choked roads, you’ll reach Atrani, a sleepier and more quaint town that is one of my favorites. High on the hills above Atrani and Amalfi is Ravello, which is worth a trip for the views alone. Enjoy! 

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window view from Ravello

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September 30, 2013   5 Comments

{travel tips} Zürich in Summer

I’m just back from a trip to Switzerland and Italy, and wanted to share all of my favorite things in Zürich before I forget them. Zürich in the summer is a wonderful place to visit, with so much to do!

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Things to do in Zürich

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September 9, 2013   2 Comments

{recipe} Ham and Cheese Pancakes

I love sweet, buttery, maple-drenched pancakes–for about one or two bites. After that, I want salt! Luckily, this problem is easy to solve. Simply add ham and cheese to the inside of a fluffy buttermilk pancake, and you have a nearly perfect breakfast.

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July 19, 2013   8 Comments

{travel tips} 21 Fabulous and Unique Things to Do and Eat in Paris

Today is Bastille Day, so I thought this seemed like an appropriate time to offer my top recommendations for Paris. Paris can be overwhelming, but after several visits I have distilled this list down to my all-time favorite things to do (and eat) in La Ville-Lumière. Since it’s me we’re talking about, they are mainly food-focused, but I’ve thrown a few cultural recommendations in to round it out!

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July 14, 2013   2 Comments

{travelogue} Magic, Madonnas, and Millennia in Matera, Italy

I am guessing you have never heard of Matera, a city in the far south of Italy. Despite its incredibly unique and beautiful architecture and its fascinating history, it doesn’t even make it into most Italy travel guides.  Truth be told, I had never heard of it until I saw an obscure article about a hotel housed in old cave dwellings. I put it on my mental bucket list and found myself thinking about it from time to time. When a family trip to Italy was in the works, I knew I wanted to make a special trip to check it out in person.

It is stunning.

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March 25, 2013   No Comments

{10 second vacation} Summer in Taormina, Sicily

When cold winter is at its worst, I try to recall the sultry, summery days and nights in Taormina, Sicily – one of the most picturesque, fun, and delicious beach towns in the whole world. Oh, and there are some pretty incredible ancient ruins right in town, too. 

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February 25, 2013   No Comments

{recipe} Spiced Fried Chickpeas with Preserved Lemon

Last year, in London, I ate a fabulous meal of North African tapas at Morito, a sultry wine bar with knee-to-knee barstools. One of the most memorable small plates that night was a simple plate of spiced fried chickpeas with little nuggets of  preserved lemon dotted throughout. Since then I’ve been meaning to try and recreate them in my kitchen, and finally got around to figuring out the perfect recipe. I think they’re great as a bar snack with a pre-dinner cocktail or glass of wine, but you can also serve them as a tapa or a side dish.

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February 20, 2013   6 Comments