Rome & a Trip to Tivoli

Rome & a Trip to Tivoli

Rome was our last stop in Italy. To be honest neither of us had very high expectations for Rome. We’d both been before. It’s hot. It’s crowded and you’re always on high alert for pickpockets, bad restaurants, and tourist traps. But we came to meet friends 

Frolicking in Florence

Frolicking in Florence

Florence is as fabulous as they all say.  Here were our favorites: See Duomo (★★★) Duh, of course you have to see this.  It is beautiful in person and there is a lot to explore.  Buy your ticket online and reserve a time to climb the dome 

The Towns of Tuscany (and Umbria!)

The Towns of Tuscany (and Umbria!)

After several weeks of non-stop sightseeing we decided to slow down a bit and catch our breaths.  We’d heard a lot of great things about Tuscany so we decided to book an “agriturismo” stay and stay put for a couple of days.  To be fair, 

Pitstop in Tarragona

Pitstop in Tarragona

Tarragona Circ Roma Tarragona is a quick 1.5 hour drive from Barcelona and was a real surprise for us. The main attraction here is the Circ Roma which is a Roman Circus (horse racing track) ruin. Think the Colosseum but a bit smaller and way 

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona was our first stop in Spain and we came looking for Gaudi, Jamon and Tapas. We’re happy to report that we found found all the things we’re looking for. Here are the highlights and tips from our 5 day stay in Barcelona. Things to 

Chillin’ in Cinque Terre

Chillin’ in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is hands-down the most picturesque stop for us in Northern Italy.  This little group of villages has it all – beautiful beaches, amazing cliffs, strenuous hikes, and incredibly colorful houses.  While it’s possible to do Cinque Terre as a day trip, we highly 

Pitstop in Parma

Pitstop in Parma

  On our way from Lake Como to Cinque Terra, we stopped by this town to stroll around because we love the prosciutto.  Unfortunately, we did not have any parma here, we do recommend the following: Duomo di Parma (★) Free!  A nice, quiet church with 

Ciao Milano

Ciao Milano

After Paris, Milan seemed a bit gray, dull even, the threat of thunderstorms not helping her cause.  However, we lucked out with only scatterings of rain during our brief passing through this city.  Milano also delighted us with bright spots and we enjoyed this industrial city 

Why You Need to Bike in Paris

Why You Need to Bike in Paris

Paris was the perfect way to kick off the trip.  We had a relatively short 10-hour flight that got us in just in time for a walk through Le Marais neighborhood and an easy dinner at a famous falafel shop. My last time here was