• europe,  hiking,  outdoors,  travel

    Italy: Hiking Monte Baldo

    Monte Baldo in Northern Italy is a spectacular place for hiking. It’s 23 mi (37 km) long and 7 mi (11 km) wide. Located in a town called Malcesine around Lake Garda.   GETTING THERE If you don’t have access to a car, you can reach Malcesine by bus or ferry depending on where you are coming from. A bus ticket from Peschiera del Garda to Malcesine was 10 euros ($11.50 USD). The ride time was 1.5 hours. For ferry information, click here. For bus routes, click here. To reach the start of Colma di Malcesine trail, you can take the rotating cable car to the top. The ride itself…

  • Cooking with Sapori e Saperi in Italy
    europe,  reviews,  travel

    Review: Cooking Lesson in Italy

    Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own. This was self-sponsored and not sponsored by anyone.  Maybe it’s just me, but I noticed how oversaturated the cooking lesson business in Italy is. Too many to choose from! And the cuisine varies from region to region. Sapori e Saperi, in my opinion, was worth every nickel and dime. (Lesson was done in May 2017.) Our chef’s name was Gabriella. She is Italian and has lived all her life in Italy. Location: Near Viareggio in the Tuscany region Duration: About 6 hours Start time: 9 AM We first met up at the pier. Spent approximately 20 minutes there. Gabrielle brought some freshly caught seafood…

  • europe,  reviews,  travel

    Review: Meet Hostel

    Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own. This was not sponsored by Meet Hostel or anyone. I paid for 100% of my stay. I have to admit that after last year, I started to dislike hostels. It was a hit-or-miss experience. Some hostels made it easy to socialize with fellow guests. There were some in dire need of renovation. Some had high reviews but left me disappointed. And the list goes on. But Meet Hostel, located in Northern Italy, along with another Italian hostel gave me renewed hope. I had such a pleasant time here that I returned back for an additional day on my way from Bolzano. Mind you, this N-E-V-E-R happens.  …

  • Gazing into the Tyrrhenian Sea
    europe,  travel

    18 Things I Found Interesting About Italy

    If you’ve been to Italy, you cannot say it isn’t beautiful, but it is an interesting place. It has been high on my list for a while and I’m pleased I was able to visit. But I have to admit that I knew very little about the culture, history, or food prior to booking my flight. But you can bet that I did a lot of reading before embarking on this trip. Disclaimer: Many of these statements are general observations based on the places I visited as a first-time visitor (which are: Rome, Palermo, Catania, Peschiara del Garda, Malcesine, Venice, Viareggio, Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Cinque Terre villages, La Spezia, Porto…

  • europe,  travel

    Part III: 10 Great Places In Europe For Nature Lovers

    They say nature does wonders for the soul. Would you agree? I definitely do. There is something about God’s handiwork of nature that is awe-inspiring. Waterfalls. Trees. Flora. Fishes. Mountain ranges. The sea. The sun. Birds. Caves. And I can go on! For me, being in nature is a remainder of who God is. Europe has its own natural beauty just like all the other continents. Below are 10 great places within Europe I highly recommend you see.   LAKE BLED Where: Bled, Slovenia Why: No explanation needed. (In case you need one, just go on a sunny day and you will not regret it. It is so picturesque as you can…

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