Destination: Europe

Tuscan Cooking Class

Since Under the Tuscan Sun was released in 2003, my Aunt has wanted to rent a house in Tuscany. She wanted the whole family to come along so that we could reconvene as a family, eat food, drink some amazing local wine and experience everything that Tuscany had to offer. And as the loving niece that I try to be, who was I to deny her that? So, last June, my aunt, my cousin, my sister, her fiancee, my husband and I made the trek to Cortona for a week of soaking up the Tuscan sun. It was an incredible vacation and I am so happy she had this dream! Read More ›

Fall in Love with London

In the fall of 2012, I decided to finally check London off of my bucket list, joining a few of my friends who had studied abroad there years before. Luckily, we all enjoy visiting art museums, and we hopped all around the city checking out London’s amazing masterpieces! Read More ›

Dogsledding in Iceland

Iceland is perhaps my favorite spot on earth, especially during the winter, and especially at New Years. Our January 2012 trip was positively magical, and one of our favorite experiences was a sunrise (noon!) sled ride on a farm in Holmasel—about a two hour drive from Reykjavik. We arranged our tour with Dogsledding Iceland. When we arrived in Holmasel, the five of us (including our friends’ adorable 10 month old) suited up in our snow clothes and headed out with the pups! The adorable dogs were such a joy, and seeing the sunrise in the middle of a massive field of snow at one of the most northern spots in the world was something we will never forget. Iceland is a fabulous country, full of amazing people—a must-visit! Read More ›

Italy’s Cinque Terre

It was after very little deliberating that my husband and I decided up on Italy’s Ligurian coast (aka the “Italian Riviera”) for our Summer 2012 destination. I had heard from friends of its loveliness during my summers studying abroad in Le Marche, Italy a decade ago and news of the recent tragic floods and need for tourist funds to rebuild made us want to spend our vacation dollars there. We flew at the end of June from London to Genoa via a quick EasyJet flight, took a bus to the train station and then got on a very hot and un-airconditioned train down the Ligurian coast to the Cinque Terre. Disembarking in the largest of the five towns, Monterosso Al Mare, we hitched a ride on one of the complimentary B&B cabs up the mountainside to our home for the next week or so, Il Parco B&B. Read More ›