Sandwich Travels

August is National Sandwich month! Despite not being a huge fan of sandwiches, there are many that I love around the world and I thought it would be fun to share my favorites. France - my absolute favorite is ham and butter on a baguette, a classic.  When I first move to France I thought this was the most bizarre combination, that is, until I tasted it. Forget mustard. Forget mayonnaise. The … [Read more...]

Enjoying Italian gelati

One of the best things that Italy has, apart from its amazing history and art, is its food. But with the summer and hot weather maybe you will prefer a break from pizza and pasta and instead make the most of the fantastic Italian gelati.  Gelato (gelati in plural) is the Italian version of the ice cream but, in fact, it has nothing to do with it. Some of the main differences between traditional … [Read more...]

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Tasting the real Venice

Italy has a great food culture, often reduced to pizza and pasta by the foreigners. Big mistake. Italian food it’s extremely varied, reflecting the cultural variety of its different regions, and the diversity of its history. I’ll tell you a secret: Venice isn’t known for its pizza, so if you have the opportunity to visit the city, don’t bother ordering one. I know, in a touristic city it’s easy … [Read more...]

Prosciutto vs Iberian ham?

Prosciutto vs Iberian ham? Oh my god! I’d rather answer the question of which sport do I prefer, football or basketball? But let’s face it: There is a certain competition that exists between the two and even worse: sometimes, we have to choose between them on a restaurant menu. So, in order to know a little bit more about why we choose one or another,  I’ll explain what the main differences … [Read more...]

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#Reverb11 March 2010

I seemed to have somehow missed the prompts for the first two months of Reverb 2011, I started participating in #Reverb10 in December, but when I got stuck without access to my blog while I was in China, I decided to abandon it. I do like the spirit of the project and look forward to responding to the prompts for the remainder of the year leading up to December's daily challenge again. This … [Read more...]

French Friday – Macarons

This post is dedicated to Julie of Writing Roads who is fascinated with this cookie! Tomorrow is the third annual Jour du Macaron. Yes. An entire dedicated to the macaron. There seems to be a little mini-obsession over these little guys these days, probably due to the fact that they are hitting main stream America. Starbucks sold boxes of a dozen during the holiday season, and it now seems that … [Read more...]

French Friday – Fleur de lys

I always appreciated the wonderful photo montage posts of Cathi at Everyday Adventures of a Curious Girl and Laura at Under the Sheets, but after trying to do one myself for today, I have a new found respect for them!  My intent was to complete the Venice tour with a post describing the cultural influences between France and Italy, particularly the fleur de lys, but the training class that I am … [Read more...]

Murano Glass and Burano Beauty – More Venice Tips

I already shared my number 1 tip for visiting Venice and how I like to spend two days in Venice in previous posts, now I'd like to share additional Venice tips - getting away!  You're going to check out some Murano glass and Burano beauty. You're not going too far, just to Murano and Burano, two islands off of Venice that you can get to on the water bus.  The same easy-to-use and … [Read more...]

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Tips for Enjoying Venice

I described our eventful arrival in Venice resulting in my number 1 Venice travel tip. I hope that aided in helping you figure out your approach to getting to your hotel. And now for the fun stuff.  What to do. There is one thing about how my husband and I travel. We rarely do all the tourist sites.  We know that may mean missing out on something that is a "must-see" but it is our style of … [Read more...]

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Venice Travel Tip #1 > Misadventures in Venice Hotel Hunting

Have you ever noticed that the vast majority of the photos you see of Venice are of the water, gondolas on the water, beautiful building next to the water, etc. Nobody shows you what the maze of teeny, tiny alleyways between all those buildings looks like. So, based on my own experience of finding out the hard way, my number 1 travel tip for Venice is: pay the water taxi price to get to … [Read more...]

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