Travelling Slow: 10 Days in Italy

Travelling Slow: 10 Days in Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

I spent quite a bit of time sifting through numerous 10-day Italy itineraries, and came across many suggestions to zip around the country like in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but I knew that I wouldn’t be doing beautiful Italy any justice.  As a returning visitor to Italy, I knew that it was better to stick to my usual style and travel slow. I decided to focus my efforts on Tuscany, and throw in a short getaway to Cinque Terre for good measure. Read more

Feature Friday Photo: Athens, Greece

Acropolis - Athens, Greece

The Acropolis: Athens, Greece

I made a quick stop in Athens after hopping around the Greek islands for a couple of weeks. As soon as I arrived in Athens, I was ready to write it off as my least favourite destination in Greece, perhaps even a waste of my time. The economic crisis was fresh and there was quite a bit of protesting going on. The city looked dreary and run-down, and unfortunately didn’t exude the same Greek charm that the islands did. At night, however, the beauty of Athens’ ancient history came alive to showcase the pinnacle of Greek history and the heart of the city. Illuminated, and standing tall atop the city’s peak, the Acropolis could be spotted from any angle in the city.

Feature Friday Photo: September 26, 2014

Prague, Czech RepublicCzech Republic, Prague

Prague’s central tower in Old Town Square offers beautiful panoramas of the city, including this picturesque view of the Town Square from above. The perimeter of the Square is bustling with cafes, traditional beer houses, and authentic Eastern European restaurants, while the churches and landmarks in the centre add a historical element to the ambiance – a combination that spawns an irresistible old town charm! I enjoyed the special experience of visiting Prague during the FIFA World Cup, which only amplified the pre-existing energy in the Square. A few jumbo screens were placed throughout the Square, which drew massive crowds, especially for the final game – an electrifying experience!

The Best Way to Experience the Greece

The Best Way to Experience the Greece

Oia, Santorini, GreeceIf I had to give one piece of advice on travel in Greece, it would be to go in low season, particularly in the month of April. This advice may seem blatantly obvious to many, but the stark contrast between high and low season in Greece is unbelievable, unlike any other European country that I’ve visited. High season in Greece starts with a bang in May, continues with force through the summer months, and exits with a grand finale at the end of September. Read more