All posts tagged: italy

Destination: Manarola, Italy

Originally posted on The Finicky Cynic:
Postcard Snapshot #4: Manarola, Italy Manarola. Situated between Corniglia and Riomaggiore, the village of Manarola surprised me by offering more than I had expected, especially as the second-smallest town in the Cinque Terre. It was the last village that I visited on my trip, as I had taken the train over to Riomaggiore, then hiked over to Manarola from there with a Malaysian girl (let’s call her “Naomi”) whom I had met two nights before at a restaurant. While the two villages (Riomaggiore and Manarola) aren’t as far apart from each other as the one between Monterosso and Vernazza, the trail is more challenging. Literally, you are climbing the face of the mountain, as the steps often times required a huge leg (and hand) up! Definitely was sweating like crazy at the end of it. Hike from Riomaggiore to Manarola. Made it to Manarola and explored the village. As we were arriving, I felt a bit disappointed at the aesthetics of it, as the houses didn’t appear to be…

Roma! La Città Eterna!

HilaryStyle Rome is a city packed so full of amazing history and sights that even with 9 full days to visit we came nowhere near seeing everything on my list. We would just have to pick our “must-see” places and everything else would be a bonus. The Colosseum We loved this! Although you can arrange private tours and you probably should for a high season visit we took a chance and bought our tickets and booked our tour upon arrival. The tour guides do an amazing job. I can’t explain it, but there is something so moving about being in this place you’ve heard so much about and where so much history took place. It was a very sophisticated structure for its time and it is incredibly well-preserved. You can really imagine what it once was! The Forum The Forum was a disappointment to me. Maybe it had something to do with being there alone with… View original post 1,250 more words

The tomb of the unknown soldier

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Where to even start with this incredible place? Like really, I don’t think I have ever seen a building as huge with as much detail and thought taken into every millimetre of the perimeter! This building just cannot be misses, while walking around Rome, every point with a view, this was to be seen. I honestly think my house would fit into this building 50 times over! Standing next to it, in all its greatness, was just something in itself. When I was in New York the building were big and tall and wide but this is a different type of building, this was there to be seen, this stood a purpose of holding the body of a soldier that once fought for Italy, although from what I read, no one knows who this unknown soldier actually is. He must have been pretty special to have this as his tomb! From every edge of the building it was clear that it was in a prime location with beautiful views…

Romeo, oh Romeo

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Okay, so I know I didn’t actually go to Verona when Romeo and Juliet was set but hay ho! So if you have read my previous posts you will know that I was luckily enough to be able to go for a long weekend away in Rome and it was so amazing. Better than I thought actually. It was more beautiful, romantic and warm that I was expecting. When I say warm, I mean it was boiling! Although this just made everything look more beautiful and the authentic gelato more delicious! I thought I would share with you some of my trip away now and them some more at a later date. On the first day of our arrival, I was up at 7am, just like a small child on christmas morning, full of excitement, this is still acceptable at 22 right? Anyway I was up, checking the weather, planning my perfect outfit for the days marathon trek of exploring ahead and it was just that, a trek. I…

European Travel part 2: Rome

Italy. The land of wine, carbs, and culture. Italy was our second country on the ‘HBK Euro Vacay’ and it definitely claimed a special place in our hearts. We went to 5 different parts of the country, and took an incredible amount of photos. How could you not? From the architecture to the landscape, every part of this culture is picture perfect. As I started this Italy recap, I realized that I had way too much to share to just do one post for Italy. So, for that reason, I’ve split it up into three parts. Today I’m sharing a recap of our time in Rome!  Rome is a city full of history, beauty, and tourists galore. Even though hearing italians speaking english on account of the american visitors lessens the magic, it didn’t take away from the awe of being in a city so rich in history. From the Colosseum, to the Vatican, to St. Peters Basillica, every inch of Rome is humbling and reminds you of how small you are in context of history. We had our…

Pompeii, Corfu, jetskis and the Contiki Cough

Originally posted on Oh, the places you'll go :
*Post was written on my trip and posted – a bit more than intended, apologies for my cold – retroactively on account of bad wifi (and said cold!)* We left Rome the next morning bright and early for what was an all travel day, puntucated with a stop in Pompeii. Pompeii was again, about a zillion degrees, and there was very little shade, making that an extra treat 😝 However the town was worth it in my opinion, as we got to walk through the theatre: Brothel: Baths: Houses: Any city forum: Of all those people whose lives were essentially frozen in time by Vesuvius. There aren’t any bodies actually at the site of Pompeii now, in case anyone was curious, but there were three plaster casts of a man: A dog: And a baby: On display that were kind of fascinating in a terrible way. After Pompeii we got back on the bus again and travel the whole day to make it to our first…

Life Lately.

Hi, friends! It’s been a bit since I’ve shared my heart and mind in this little space. I want to take some time to share about some personal things that have been going on in life lately. Some great things, some not so great things, learning a ton through all of it. As I had mentioned earlier on the blog, I spent a month traveling Europe with my two best friends, Hannah and Kristie. We traveled to Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, Paris, and through Italy. It was the trip of a lifetime, to say the least. Every moment was filled with beauty, valuable life lessons, adventure, and friendship. There’s not a day that passes that I don’t wish I could wake up next to my two best girl friends, grab a cappuccino + croissant from the bakery across the street, and end the day with tired feet and full stomachs. I’m so excited to show you guys all the photos we took in each city. I hope they leave you inspired and itching for your own…