All posts tagged: wanderlust

The Last Days of Rome | Day 2 ~ Part 2 of 2

We hit up all the touristy hotspots in the area, including the famous Trevi fountain, which had tourists overflowing from every crevice which was enough to send a girl running, and the Pantheon, which, although was packed with tourists too, was pretty damn amazing. The Pantheon is apparently the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome, being a temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. The architecture is just extraordinary. Truly slap-you-in-the-face-fantastic. The front facade is like tour typical temple, build with large stone columns supporting a triangular top (sorry, I’m not much of an architectural-writer). As you walk through, a drum-like interior (the rotunda) engulfs you, the dome of which having a hole at the centre casting a beam of white daylight into itself. This dome, if it were to flipped upside down, would actually fit perfectly inside the rotunda. Luckily it’s free to enter and it’s incredible detail and design forgives the flocks of tourists that come to visit its interior. Pantheon… By this time I began to freak out …

Tirami-so Good | Day 2 ~ Part 1 of 2

Saturday morning arrived in a flash and sunshine beamed down upon the capital as we headed out towards the Villa Borghese gardens, conveniently only a 5 minute walk from our hotel, and they were marvellous; magnificent, yet slim, sky-scraping tree trunks help up green leafy shrubbery at their tops, the trees clustering together and stretching far into the gardens, enticing any passer-by. Visitors to the park strolled, cycled, jogged, through the long pathways fragmenting the landscape. The Villa Borghese Gardens is the largest public park in Rome so it’s easy to just relax here with Roman snacks on a Sunny afternoon, have a look at the historical buildings, villas and museums on site whilst being serenaded by Italian buskers. There’s also a fantastic little lake with the Temple of Asclepius right at the back of it that looks like something straight out of a movie – you can even hire a wooden boat and sail around it. After exploring the gardens we made our way to Terrazza del Pincio for an amazing panoramic view and …

Roman Rituals | Day 1 ~ Part 2 of 2

Mustering up all our leg strength, we left the former-arena and climbed up to Aventine Hill to reach Giardino degli Aranci – literally ‘Garden of Oranges’. This orange garden is a romantic and relaxing garden of fragrant orange trees, secluded in a square next to Basilica di Santa Sabina all’Aventino, also having a magnificent view of the city’s skyline. In the background, a trumpeter tooted the melody to ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head’ as we strolled through the garden, admiring the serenity and landscape. A little further from the garden was ‘Il Buco de Roma’ (literally ‘The Hole of Rome’); this is basically a small keyhole in a large door, which when peeped through magically frames St Peter’s Basilica in the distance like this: Pretty cool huh? Well… it’s better in real life. The cloud had finally lifted and the sun bore down upon us as we descended Aventine Hill and made our way to see a pyramid. Yes, you heard me. Everyone knows of the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Pantheon, but …

All Roads Lead to Rome | Day 1 ~ Part 1 of 2

We left a frosty, bitterly cold Budapest to arrive in a sunny, not-so-warm-either, Rome in the early hours of Friday morning, battling the urge to let our eyelids droop and fall into a deep sleep after waking up absurdly early to catch a 6am flight – my relationship with budget airlines is a love-hate kind of one. As a travel ambassador with Choice Hotels Europe and the Travel Top 6 site, I was pretty lucky to get sent to a swanky European destination to produce some fun travel content (and bring along a plus-one too). After landing, we taxi-pooled with some fellow tourists to get to our hotel, ditching our bags, checking out our hotel decor briefly and heading straight out into the day to make the most of our short 48 hours there. First, and most importantly, on the agenda was coffee… We headed for coffee whilst waiting for our room to be cleaned actually – a convenient 20 minutes to check out this amazing speciality coffee shop nearby: Faro. Although the coffee culture …

How to Experience Budapest Like a Local ~ A Travel Top 6 Guide!

Ever found yourself wandering the unknown streets of a city or town, wondering why you feel so out of place? Well you need some Travel Top 6 knowledge, my friend, and if you’re in the business of visiting Budapest, the glorious capital of Hungary, then don’t worry: I’ve got your back. In my latest Travel Top 6 article, in collaboration with Choice Hotels Europe, you’ll find out about some quick tips on eating, drinking, shopping and generally living like a local (from the perspective of a non-local trying very hard to fit in) in Hungary’s Buda-BEST city – scratch that – Europe’s Buda-BEST city. * Head here for the path to travel knowledge, and hit me up if you’re ever in the city! * “Any extra tips?” Make sure you say ‘szia’ (see-yah) to say hello and goodbye (yes… it’s the same). Make sure you say thank you: ‘köszönöm’ (kuh-suh-nuhm) or ‘köszi’ (kuh-si) for short. Eat everything with paprika and bread. Don’t spend longer than 5 seconds packing up your groceries at the tills after …

City Explorers | Bratislava ~ Part 1

Bratislava, the small yet charming capital of Slovakia, awaited us after our brief trip to Brno in the Czech Republic. The rain didn’t let up as we de-boarded our coach and headed for our Airbnb near to the town’s centre. But by the time we had dumped our bags and took a breather, night had fallen, and we had to again begin exploring the town by moonlight (and streetlight). But first, dinner: The following day we discovered Bratislava in all its historical glory, it having a similar feel to Brno but seeming, to me, far more interesting and beautiful. The centre is only accessible by foot, meaning cars can’t pollute the pretty buildings and lively, yet calm, vibe. To begin exploring we grabbed some pirôžky on Obchodná street – a small business that was one of the few to survive the turbulence of Communism and other events of the time in the area. Pirôžky is basically a kind of doughnut filled with poppy seeds, marmalade, nut or apple filling, served only in the morning from …