[VENICE] HOW TO EAT AND DRINK LIKE A LOCAL IN…

Couple of days back, I chanced upon this interesting site that arranges professional gourmet food tours in Italy. The foodie in me was jumping for joy! I wish I had done more research before my trip to Venice (2014), which led to sub-par pastas and touristy rip-offs (although you never go wrong with seafood risottos).Continue reading “[VENICE] HOW TO EAT AND DRINK LIKE A LOCAL IN…”

[ROME] A NIGHT AT THE VATICAN

Probably the only time you can catch the night scene outside St Peter’s Square is if you spend the night at Vatican City, or if you’re reading this as I’m about to show you a couple of my night scene captures. Outside St Peter’s Basilica on the day we arrived, there was a huge preparationContinue reading “[ROME] A NIGHT AT THE VATICAN”

[ROME] 10 SNAPSHOTS OF VATICAN CITY

Bringing to you a quick showcase of the world’s smallest independent state – all 109 acres (44 hectares) around St. Peter’s Basilica and the palace of the Vatican. In and around are beautifully preserved cultural sites, lush green gardens, and museums which feature some of the world’s most famous sculptures and paintings. Home to architecturalContinue reading “[ROME] 10 SNAPSHOTS OF VATICAN CITY”

[ROME] VATICAN CITY – A VIEW FROM THE TOP

The view from the top of Vatican City’s St Peter’s Basilica was exhilarating, breathtaking, and worth the claustrophobia-inducing flight of stairs we had to take to the top. Once in your life, or perhaps through somebody else’s eyes, you should see Vatican City from its proudest heights. Here are some pictures I snapped, enjoy! xoxo, ViktoriaContinue reading “[ROME] VATICAN CITY – A VIEW FROM THE TOP”

[ROME] ST PETER’S BASILICA

We were both blessed and unlucky to have arrived in Vatican City the day before a huge and important event for the Catholic Church. Many parts of the basilica were closed due to preparations for mass. On the upside, we got to witness the procession which arrived to prep the church up. There were massiveContinue reading “[ROME] ST PETER’S BASILICA”

[ROME] LIVING, BREATHING ART

Ancient art, very much still alive today. The pure gold in reflecting sun’s rays ignites a sense of silent power that only a calm basilica would bring. Mass in this majestic interior must have been a truly empowering and significant event. Am amazed at how this Panasonic Lumix GF6 of mine was able to captureContinue reading “[ROME] LIVING, BREATHING ART”

[ROME] INNER TRIMMINGS OF THE VATICAN CITY

Be amazed at what human beings have achieved. Some dedicate their lives to creating art – intricate gold and bronze details adorn every inch of the ceiling at the St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. How did they get there, you ask. How did the people of the past achieve incredible feats like these. Patience, loadsContinue reading “[ROME] INNER TRIMMINGS OF THE VATICAN CITY”

[ROME] THE VATICAN CITY

We arrived, early summer morning, at the smallest internationally recognised independent state in the world! Dan Brown aficionados would undoubtedly link Vatican City to Angels and Demons, in which our all-time favourite Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon fights to stop the Illuminati from destroying Vatican City with the newly discovered antimatter. I loved every sequel, but Angels and DemonsContinue reading “[ROME] THE VATICAN CITY”

[ROME] GRAN CAFFE ROMA

Breakfast was pepperoni and salami pizza at the Gran Caffe Roma via Vittorio Veneto in Rome, Italy. Alfresco dining in the morning summer breeze gave us plenty of room for people-watching, which brings me to remembering the blatant stares we’d throughout our journey received from patrons of pavement cafes and restaurants. Sometimes I wonder if we’reContinue reading “[ROME] GRAN CAFFE ROMA”

[ROME] THE COLOSSEUM

Rome was not built in a day. Pardon the cliche but it’s all I could think about right here and right now. The Colosseum is the icon of Roman masculinity being the site of many heroic battles fought within its colossal proportions. I’ve had the nagging suspicion that the Colosseum’s root word comes from Colossus,Continue reading “[ROME] THE COLOSSEUM”

[ROME] IN ALL ITS RUINED BEAUTY

What everyone should love about Rome: its historic ruins and scatters of exquisite shambles. Much of this city appears discarded – as if picked apart by fickle historians and deemed unworthy of more than an afterthought. Centuries of time gone by lay preserved in these archived sites, untouched by restoration, that are as common inContinue reading “[ROME] IN ALL ITS RUINED BEAUTY”

[ROME] PIAZZA DEL POPOLO

Flanked by the Via Flaminia, Piazza del Popolo was an important entry point to Rome’s city centre for travellers entering the city via the Adriatic Coast. Today, the piazza still hums with a steady stream of travellers eager to check this off their travel itinerary. We took mandatory shots with Rome’s iconic obelisk which was initially erected toContinue reading “[ROME] PIAZZA DEL POPOLO”

[ROME] THE SPANISH STEPS

We took the best part of an hour to conquer the celebrated Piazza di Spagna, otherwise more fondly known as the Spanish Steps, which rises up towards the Church of Trinità dei Monti. Summer was shrouding us all in killer heatwaves. Nevertheless we managed to revel in the refined, eighteenth century atmosphere, once home toContinue reading “[ROME] THE SPANISH STEPS”

[ROME] THE PANTHEON

Let there be light! Through this massively gaping hole, summer was infiltrating the cool granite dome. Indeed, you haven’t seen Rome if you’ve never been to the Pantheon. This gaping hole right at the center of the majestic relic is what we call the oculus at the dome’s apex, which allows the only natural sourcesContinue reading “[ROME] THE PANTHEON”

[ROME] PIAZZA NAVONA

Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers (1651), topped by the Obelisk of Domitian, brought to Rome in pieces from the Circus of Maxentius. Still pretty much awed by the beauty that lay in ruins all over Rome, scattered amongst the masterpieces that bring in the bulk of theContinue reading “[ROME] PIAZZA NAVONA”

At Least You’re in Tuscany: A Somewhat Disastrous Quest for the Sweet Life

I received this book in exchange for a review, and here it is! By Jennifer Criswell Published September 28th 2012 by Gemelli Press LLC MY REVIEW: “It was this trip, during which I learned to say “yes” to every adventure, during which I’d felt romance and trusted my instincts, that convinced me that if IContinue reading “At Least You’re in Tuscany: A Somewhat Disastrous Quest for the Sweet Life”

Travel-diary: Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

Built circa 1080 Milan, Northern Italy The walls of the Basilica The confession chamber. Speak the truth, even if your voice quivers. There’s something about churches that illuminate the unspeakable calm One does not need to be of a certain religion to appreciate the beautiful monotony of rites The Basilica also houses the tomb ofContinue reading “Travel-diary: Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio”

Travel-diary: Milano (II)

A 6-hour journey on foot in Milan as a solo explorer armed with just my camera and a cup of Caffe Shakerato Sights and sounds of a bustling Italian city. Beautiful.

Travel-diary: Naviglio grande Milano

Traveling is indeed a discovery of the self – I’ve learnt that shopping is no fun when there’s so much sightseeing and exploration to do! While everyone else was at Serravalle (designer outlet), I took to exploring on my own. Armed with a fedora, and a city map and my batman suit, I was determined toContinue reading “Travel-diary: Naviglio grande Milano”

Travel-diary: Milano (1)

Hell yeah we conquered Duomo di Milano With the incredible backdrop, touristy shots are absolutely pardonable Sad Mickey Mouse is sad… along the crowded street in the summer heat, busking in his thick costume My continued Gelato-Frenzy in Italy…how could anyone resist names like Nutella and Pistachio-Banana or Hazelnut Praline Cookies? Most incredible thing weContinue reading “Travel-diary: Milano (1)”