Sicily is a beautiful clash of cultures. Perhaps unfairly memorialized by the infamous mafia activity in the 20th century, Sicily should bring to mind a rich, diverse culture influenced by many different empires.
From North to South: Traversing Italy
There was no mistaking the fact that we crossed the border from Switzerland to Italy. As we made our way to Florence, chalet-style houses immediately morphed into old Tuscan villas. We were racing through an Italian landscape painting, with each twist and turn offering glimpses into the lives of those who lived between the brush... Continue Reading →
Five Cats, Two Dogs, and a Donkey: A Sicilian Fairy Tale
What a fantasy to house sit in Sicily for a month. We couldn’t believe our luck - from the picturesque French Alps to postcard-worthy Sicily? Our month in Sicily did turn out to be a fairy tale, with all the twists and turns that those tales often provide.
Pompeii with Two Eyes
Pompeii is another one of those places you feel like you’ve always known about. Frozen in time, it’s an awe-inspiring window into the distant past that can make a few thousand years feel like a few minutes. Although our house sit obligation in Sicily was fast approaching, we planned a short stopover to see Pompeii... Continue Reading →
All Roads to Rome
It was only a matter of time before we ended up in Rome. All roads do lead there, after all.
Florence: Heart of a Renaissance
Ah, Florence! How to even describe you. The blooming heart of the Renaissance. Home to some of the greatest artworks of all time. Central base of the Medici political dynasty. Not to mention the dreamy vistas, mouthwatering gelato, and romantic Arno river. We’d finally made it to Bella Italia!