With the time it takes to get from one place to another in Sicily, it’s a huge island, we decided to skip the hotel breakfast and have an early start so we can visit more places. We left the hotel by 7 am for our day’s adventure to explore the baroque towns: Noto, Modica, and… Read More Baroque Towns of Sicily: Noto, Modica, and Ragusa
We just got back from our “half the world” trip – Italy, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. You are reading it correctly, Italy! Many people whom I told this to had this reaction of wow nice, paused, and asked: “wait, Italy”? I know Italy sounded like out of the way but the reason was I found a… Read More Last Minute Itinerary Change to Sicily – Valley of the Temples & Taormina
For those of you who followed through our crazy 3 weeks trip through snowy Switzerland, storybook-like French town/village of Colmar and Eguisheim, tulip blooming Netherland, desert trekking in Sahara, colorful island of Procida, and southern Italy Matera to the Amalfi Coast, we finally came to the last installment of our trip 🙁 Don’t be sad,… Read More One More Half Day in Positano
Before our long drive back to the coast – Amalfi Coast, we made a stop at the panoramic view of Matera (we went there the day before late afternoon and the city was in shadow). Morning light provided great photo ops of the Sassi from this side of the valley! Goodbye Matera! Our 4-hour journey… Read More Amalfi Coast – Positano!
Good morning Matera, it was finally clear sky! Early in the morning, we walked to Chiesa di San Pietro Caveoso as the sun light up the stone colored Sassi. We walked the S-curve road hugging the cliff of Matera and on the other side, I can see clearly the small canyon underneath the Sassi. The sun… Read More Matera Day Trip to Castelmezzano and Alberobello
After our wonderful breakfast, we checked out and rolled our luggage up those stairs to wait for the bus…thinking to save from the transfer cost of €15. We waited, waited and waited for over half an hour and the bus did not show up! We were getting nervous and a lady at the bus stop saw us… Read More The Sassi of Matera
After Morocco, we headed to an island off the coast of Naples, Italy called Procida. When people talk about islands around Naples, the most famous one is Capri. We didn’t go to Capri, instead, we went to Procida. Why Procida? I bet most of you never even heard of this place. I found out about… Read More Procida: Just Like in Windows Wallpaper
Goodbye Vernazza, goodbye Cinque Terre! The last stop of our trip – Milan where we’ll be flying home. We took the 7:32 am train from Vernazza to Milan via Rapallo, it was a Sunday so plenty of seats in the local train without the morning rush. In Rapallo, there were only 2 platforms so it was pretty… Read More Last Stop of Europe 2015: Milan
After spending 2 nights in Manarola, our last night will be at Vernazza; I split the 3 nights among those two villages because of the beautiful night photos that I have seen and I couldn’t decide which one to stay at so why not both! One downside of switching hotel is that check out usually… Read More Vernazza, Porto Venere, and a Big Surprise!
Good morning Manarola, we were probably one of the few people who are awake in Manarola! View from our balcony – the village was so quiet! We got ready and went downstairs for breakfast (included), it has good varieties of breakfast items. After breakfast, our official full day of exploring Cinque Terre began! First, we… Read More Exploring 4 of the 5 Cinque Terre Villages