Italy

Day Trip to Lago Como, Bellagio, and Varenna

Day Trip to Lago Como, Bellagio, and Varenna

   Today was a day trip to Lago (Lake) Como and surrounding areas. It’s about an hour north of Milan by train. Once in Como, one can easily reach nearby towns such as Lecco, Varenna, and Bellagio by ferry. Oh my goodness…this place is so, so beautiful.

Wine Tasting in Tuscany

Wine Tasting in Tuscany

Tuscany is without question one of the most seductive destinations in Italy. The castles, rolling hills, winding roads, beautiful sunsets, amazing cuisine…I mean who wouldn’t want to spend time here? The people are friendly and welcoming and the wine….oooooh, the wine is absolutely exceptional! On a quest to discover the great wines that Italy has(…)

Day trip to Piemonte

Day trip to Piemonte

If anyone were to ask me a year ago at this time how I liked Italian wines, my response would’ve been something like, “Um, not really“.  My experience in the past with wines from Italy has been, how should I say….not that great. I would go to Kroger or Publix and randomly pick up a(…)

The Italian Riviera. Que Bella!

The Italian Riviera. Que Bella!

Here, I’m spending a lovely day in the towns of Santa Margherita and Portofino.        

More of Milano…

More of Milano…

Today was mostly spent in the city centre of Milano. One of the things I quickly noticed about the city is how culturally diverse it is. There are people from all over the globe here and a nice mix of age groups, ethnic backgrounds, and religions it seems like. I remember hearing before I left(…)

Sports Time

Sports Time

Sporting events here are HUGE!!! Imagine an entire country behind one team. The energy is overwhelming. One really fun way to mingle with the locals is by going to a local venue to watch the game. Places everywhere are packed! For example, tonight was the football (soccer) match between Italy and Spain. The enthusiasm of(…)

Car Hire

Car Hire

Automatic cars are quite rare in Europe and not only are more expensive to rent, but are not readily available. So if you plan to drive, be sure to make reservations well ahead of time, which can easily be done on sites such as AutoEurope or the individual sites of rental companies like Avis, Budget,(…)

From Atlanta to la dolce vita!

From Atlanta to la dolce vita!

Milano bound! Zoë at the airport waiting until departure time The newly opened international terminal at the Atlanta airport So I’m finally here!…in Italy, one of my favorite places. I arrived yesterday after a long 9 hr flight. I have to say it was exciting being able to check-in at the brand new international terminal(…)

No more baggage claim! “Carousel # blah-blah-blah”…

No more baggage claim! “Carousel # blah-blah-blah”…

  So it’s a few days before my departure to Milan and I’m in the process of getting my suitcase together. One of the questions that people always me is, how in the world do I manage with 1 carry-on suitcase when planning to spend WEEKS in another country? Yes, ladies & gents….this can be(…)