At the Vatican, 2009.

Working on upcoming travel planning? With so many places to see in the world, I rarely want to visit the same place more than once. These three spots are the exception to the rule.

At the mosque near the Spice Bazaar.

After 11 months and 15 countries, here’s my European Cities Top 5 List. Do you agree?


Thinking about Italy — the third leg of our European excursion — plus which cities we should explore.


Fulfilling my top three with an upcoming trip to Istanbul.


Dad & sis are heading over at the end of March and we’re hitting the road (errr… the air?)! Paris, Amsterdam and PRAGUE!

Dad & Tiff are visiting and I can’t even express my excitement!

The Vatican

Day III in Rome: The Vatican, the (closed) Vatican museum & Sistine Chapel, Castel Sant’Angelo & delicious gelato! Review: Giolitti, the Vatican, Castel Sant’Angelo.

Santa Maria Maggiore

Day 2 in Rome — the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, sangria & dinner with nona.
Reviews: Magnolia, The Trevi Fountain & Spanish Steps.


Day 1 exploring Rome: Visits to the Colosseum and Piazza Navona with a dash of Bernini.


Leaving for Rome in 12 short hours. Hooray!