Category Italy

Exploring Rome in the rain

Rome wasn’t built in a day — so the saying goes. And it really can’t be seen in a day, either. But if a day is all you’ve got, you can still cover quite a bit of ground (even if you didn’t think to get tickets in advance to all the good museums and discover […]

Put a bird on it (or how Rome does obelisks)

Rome has more Egyptian obelisks than I’ve seen anywhere else. Seems like there’s an obelisk in front of every church — and given the number of churches here, it’s a wonder there are any left in Egypt! And I just love how the church couldn’t resist adding its own little touches. Typically it’s a spike […]

Ciao Roma!

Meetings in Munich ended this afternoon and I thought, what the heck, I’m already halfway to Rome — why not spend the weekend there before going back to London? I arrive immediately post downpour and it’s as warm and humid as can be! The train station is just as scuffed I remembered from 2003 . […]

Things don’t always go as planned…

Oh, the glamorous life of an expat in Europe!  After work on Friday I left my London office for the airport, where I caught the last plane out for a weekend in Milan.  I spent Saturday exploring parts of the city I hadn’t seen before (Cathedral! Da Vinci’s Last Supper!) and then went back to […]

Back to Milan!

This time for a quick work trip. The weather was very cold, but also beautifully sunny and clear. We could see the snow covered mountains in the distance. Also, turns out our new Milan office is in the chicest part of town. Approximately 100% if the people I saw were more fashionable than me. After […]

Venice!

Fifteen years since I first came to Venice. I’m no longer a college student (too poor to do more than read Great Expectations on the piazza while other people ate dinner), but the city is still just as magical. 

Towers, churches, and polenta dolce in Bergamo’s Citta Alta

I’m in Italy this weekend with my twin sister, Heather, and her husband and in-laws. The in-laws are living in Milan as mission presidents, but they took a break from presidential duties to show us around. We started out this morning with a stop in Bergamo, where we spent an hour or so exploring the […]