Bologna Foodie Guide: Pasta, Prosciutto, and Parmesan

Bologna is regarded by many as a foodie capital in Italy – pretty impressive given that practically every city in Italy is a foodie capital in my book. Bologna’s earned the nickname “La Grassa,” or “The Fat One,” so you know this is serious. Bologna’s location in the Emilia-Romagna region means it’s fortunately close to cities like Parma and Modena, who we can thank for wonders like parmigiano reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, and Modena balsamic vinegar. These delicacies figure prominently in bolognese food markets and cuisine. Here’s my Bologna foodie guide to these and other mouthwatering gastro-goodies – but first, a few pics of pretty Bologna. Enjoy!

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Road Trip through Southeast Sicily: A Tale of Baroque Beauty

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I have extremely fond memories of our 4-day road trip through Southeast Sicily. We went in late January 2019 as part of what I dubbed “Operation Flee Winter”: as the name suggests, we were fleeing the harsh grey winter of our then-home Bucharest, Romania. You may be thinking that Sicily is more of summer hotspot – and you’d be right to think that, but thousands of tourists think that too. We found that Sicily basked in its 55-degree-winter glory with none of the summertime crowds – exactly what we were looking for. Besides the sunny weather, highlights of the trip included breathtaking Baroque churches, ocean breezes, ancient ruins, and tasty Sicilian cuisine. For anyone looking to recreate our road trip through Southeast Sicily – I’d recommend it – I outline our itinerary below with a few pro tips. Continue reading “Road Trip through Southeast Sicily: A Tale of Baroque Beauty”

Why Dubrovnik is Touristy Yet Worth It

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Upon seeing Dubrovnik’s walled old town for the first time on our drive in from the airport,  I was so excited. Even after seeing all the photos, no one can prepare you to witness the amazing sight of the ancient city walls and terracotta-roofed houses jutting out majestically into the sparkling Adriatic. However, my experience in Dubrovnik turned out to be bittersweet: the star of the Dalmatian coast is at once one of the most beautiful and one of the most touristy places I have ever been. In this post, I seek to explain not only why Dubrovnik is touristy, but also why it’s ultimately worth it. Continue reading “Why Dubrovnik is Touristy Yet Worth It”

What to Do in Split: Roman Ruins, Olive Oil Tasting, & More

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I really enjoyed Split: I kinda felt like I was in Italy due to the extensive, well-preserved Roman ruins throughout the city and the architecture that is at times reminiscent of Venice. Realistically, Split can be seen in a solid day, although a second day will allow you to enjoy the city at a more leisurely pace and squeeze in a few more activities. Below are 3 suggestions for what to do in Split! Continue reading “What to Do in Split: Roman Ruins, Olive Oil Tasting, & More”