Morning breakfast at Hotel Flaminia was decent with a view over Lake Garda…even though inside. After breakfast and on our way walking to the parking lot to get our car, we stopped by Castle Scaligero for photos without the crowds. The lovely town was quiet early in the morning so it was the best time to get… Read More Lake Garda’s Colorful Towns
Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy that’s often overlooked due to its famous cousin – Lake Como. I have to admit, I never heard of it until I saw in Instagram a photo of the amazing “castle” surrounded by emerald water – Rocca Scaligera in Sirmione. Since then, I started to research Sirmione and Lake Garda… Read More Sirmione, Where I had the Largest Gelato Ever!
We finally saw Mount Enta cleared up but that was the moment we were about to leave the hotel for our 3.5 hours journey to Palermo Airport. The drive to Palermo was okay until we almost reach the city – traffic! Our flight was at 12:45 pm and we returned the car, walked into the… Read More From Sicily to Tokyo: The Morning Commute Challenge
After two days of perfectly sunny day, my luck started to fade away…our last full day in Sicily was mostly cloudy and a mix of rain. According to the weather forecast, Cefalù – a seaside town, should be cloudy with some sunshine. I was hoping for that during our 3 hours drive from Taormina. After going through… Read More Cefalù – Sicily’s Beautiful Seaside Town
With the time it takes to get from one place to another in Sicily, it’s a huge island, we decided to skip the hotel breakfast and have an early start so we can visit more places. We left the hotel by 7 am for our day’s adventure to explore the baroque towns: Noto, Modica, and… Read More Baroque Towns of Sicily: Noto, Modica, and Ragusa
We just got back from our “half the world” trip – Italy, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. You are reading it correctly, Italy! Many people whom I told this to had this reaction of wow nice, paused, and asked: “wait, Italy”? I know Italy sounded like out of the way but the reason was I found a… Read More Last Minute Itinerary Change to Sicily – Valley of the Temples & Taormina
For those of you who followed through our crazy 3 weeks trip through snowy Switzerland, storybook-like French town/village of Colmar and Eguisheim, tulip blooming Netherland, desert trekking in Sahara, colorful island of Procida, and southern Italy Matera to the Amalfi Coast, we finally came to the last installment of our trip 🙁 Don’t be sad,… Read More One More Half Day in Positano
Before our long drive back to the coast – Amalfi Coast, we made a stop at the panoramic view of Matera (we went there the day before late afternoon and the city was in shadow). Morning light provided great photo ops of the Sassi from this side of the valley! Goodbye Matera! Our 4-hour journey… Read More Amalfi Coast – Positano!
Good morning Matera, it was finally clear sky! Early in the morning, we walked to Chiesa di San Pietro Caveoso as the sun light up the stone colored Sassi. We walked the S-curve road hugging the cliff of Matera and on the other side, I can see clearly the small canyon underneath the Sassi. The sun… Read More Matera Day Trip to Castelmezzano and Alberobello
After our wonderful breakfast, we checked out and rolled our luggage up those stairs to wait for the bus…thinking to save from the transfer cost of €15. We waited, waited and waited for over half an hour and the bus did not show up! We were getting nervous and a lady at the bus stop saw us… Read More The Sassi of Matera