Photo of the day: Lisbon and Helmets

In Lisbon with and a group of fantastic travel bloggers. Picture of the day goes to Michal from Go See Write. Love the look on Michael’s face while taking a photo of himself in a helmet. Evidently this is a regular occurrence for him!

michael from go see write

View Michael’s site, Go See Write

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Capture the Colour

My entries for the ‘Capture the Colour’ competition hosted by the TravelSupermarket. Categories Red, Yellow, White, Blue, & Green. Judged by:


The girl in the red coat. I love cities, I was raised near one, I love to travel to them. But for some reason New York city has always looked gray to me. It’s big, dirty, busy, and lacks color. Also people tend to dress in dark variation of color, so a splash of red goes a long way!

New York, New York, United States
The girl in the red coat, New York, New York, United States


Tradition, sport, animal cruelty, not for me to decide. This eye opening event spawns excitement, fear, and death as I discovered first hand at what was a much more colorful event then I ever thought. Taken at the only square bullring in the world located in Mijas Spain.

Mijas, Andalusia, Spain
Taunting the bulls, Mijas, Andalusia, Spain


The long forgotten technologies for yesterday stand proud and tall thanks to local preservation groups. Thurne Drainage Mill and the other surrounding windmills in the area add to the beauty of the Norfolk Broads.

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England
Drainage Mill, tall and proud, Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England


Among the stone and mortar of such an ancient city as Rome, this art studio entrance springs to life by showering those who pass by with a passionate moment of color.

Rome, Lazio, Italy
A hidden studio in the heart of Italy’s alleys, Rome, Lazio, Italy


The colors of a spring lunch… Eating is a part of everyone’s daily routine, nothing is more tasteful than home-grown fava beans enjoyed with a glass of wine at a relaxing lunch in the sunshine on a beautiful spring afternoon.

Torgiano, Umbria, Italy
The colors of lunch in the Sunshine, Torgiano, Umbria, Italy

And the bloggers I nominate are:

(You don’t need to be nominated to submit an entry to Capture the Colour, but you do need to nominate 5 other bloggers. See one of the judge’s websites for more information.)

All of the thoughts and opinions are my own.

Travel Roulette #42: Evening – My entry 5/12/2012

This weeks theme, Evening, is hosted by Sam & Sarah at Travel Food Bliss. My image was taken in Perugia, Italy; just before dinner as the sun was slowly setting. Taken in April 2012 while attending the Travel Bloggers Unite Conference held in Umbria, Italy.

Evening in Perugia, Italy

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Living & Eating Like a Local in Rome!

Rome like a local. It’s so refreshing to return to a city i have been to, but be able to absorb a new side of it. Having been to Rome many times before i was looking forward to “living Rome like a local” with House Trip. I was really excited to see Rome from a different angle and it was well worth it!

Woman in Rain, Rome, Italy

To start with, my fantastic host Ryan Levitt with House Trip made me feel right at home as soon as I arrived at my apartment. House Trip currently have 848 properties in Rome to choose from with prices starting from £23/night. They also offer over 92K rentals worldwide. I am totally converted and might never stay in a hotel again! Our group in Rome were spread among three separate apartments in three distinct areas on the city. A very large apartment, with an amazing view of the Colosseum, a simple one bedroom apartment with a bit of class located in the Trastevere neighborhood, and the final apartment near Campi di Firoe with low ceilings with wooden beans. All three were well maintained and very comfy. I stayed in an apartment in Trastevere, the area is full of life. There are several universities in the area and the streets are lined with cafe’s and restaurants and full of locals. Upon arrival and after settling in Kirsten Alana, my roommate for the duration of my time in Rome, and I took to wandering the area, eating gelato and enjoying the crowds of locals in the neighborhood.

Gelato in Rome, Italy

Apartments in Rome:

The beautifully and spaciousness apartment with an amazing view of the Colosseum. (From £297 GBP / USD $454 / €358 per night)

Trastevere apartment, a true living like a local feeling, away from the crowded tourist attractions! (From £117 GBP / USD $186 / €141 per night)

Beautiful low beamed ceiling apartment near Campo di Fiori with a traditional rustic feel. (From £185 GBP / USD $295 / €223 per night)

Kirsten Alana & Angie Orth, Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Kirsten Alana & Angie Orth sitting in the Colosseum Apartment window!

Food, Food, and more Food!

Starting off at a coffee shop with an espresso and pastry early in the morning, we grouped for our market tour. I am a huge market fan, I love the colors, the smells, watching people go about their normal daily shopping routines. Our guide Eleonora walked us though the market sharing all types of details with us while we picked up items that were needed for our lunch that afternoon. The smells and the tastes were heavenly. It is so easily to get lost in a place like this! We eventually made our way back to the apartment near the Colosseum where we enjoyed a cooking lesson taught by Eleonora our guide, followed by my favorite, our big group lunch!

Lunch at Pierluigi, Rome, Italy

After an afternoon full of busy work and relaxing, we headed out for a guided dinner. We regrouped at a small family restaurant near the Pantheon called, Armando al Pantheon. The food was fanatic! Our guide Gina, as well as the chef, spoke to us about the dishes served to us. We had something like 7 or 8 courses, pastas, meats, buffalo mozzarella, vegetables, and a fantastic desert they called tiramisu, however it was nothing like any tiramisu I have ever had before. Gina was full of information to share with us about the history of food in Rome and the amazing food we were eating.

Cooking Lesson lunch with Eleonora, Rome, Italy

Both of these tours brought out a side of Rome I had never experienced before. Food. I have always travelled on such a small budget, normally sharing a pizza and never having more than a single course at any given meal. I will admit that my favorite of the three meals was the lunch we ate near Campo di Fiori at Pierluigi, this was not a guided lunch, but we had some fantastic dishes. It was a perfect end, filled with amazing food, fantastic people and great conversation!

Guided dinner with Gina, Armando al Pantheon, Rome, Italy

A big thanks to Context Travel for arranging our guided market tour and our guided dinner! They arrange tours in cities around the world. And of course I want to thank House Trip for inviting me on this adventure. All opinions in this post are my own.

Interesting Links:

House Trip, Apartments in Rome and worldwide

Context Travel, Tours in Rome and worldwide

Eleonora Baldwin, Italian Culinary Adventures

Gina Tringali, Food & Travel Writer

Armando al Pantheon Restaurant

Pierluigi Restaurant

Kirsten Alana, Aviators and a Camera

Angie Orth, Angie Away

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Returning to Rome

I will admit, Rome in the past has not one of my favorite cities. It’s beautiful and historic, it’s big and it’s busy. To me it’s just another busy city where locals don’t have time for tourists, and tourists infest the city in groves. However, I continue to return to Rome, because i love Italy. Arriving at the airport this time, no one smiled, even my driver didn’t say anything to me except for “wait here” and “bye”. The first smile I saw was on Ryan’s (my host) face when I had finally reached my apartment.

Enjoying a city has just as much to do with the people you are surrounded by. The first time I was ever in Rome, I was in a hostel with these giggly girls I didn’t know, I did manage to find a friendly face to wander the streets with on my first night. She was studying in Copenhagen for a semester and came to Rome during her spring break. We ran into a young fellow, also studying abroad in Europe at the time, he was literally just passing though Rome for the night on his way back to wherever it was. Although I do not remember their names all these years later, we did have a great time laughing together on the Spanish Steps. The rest of that trip was uneventful and full of tourist sites. The year after that adventure, I stopped through town for a night with my boyfriend, we did all the same attractions again, and honestly, weren’t in town for more then about 14 hours and that included sleeping, I was so ready to get back out of town.

This time, my hopes are a lot higher. Mostly because of the people I will be spending my time here with. The group of us are all travel bloggers/photographers and the activities lines up aren’t the run of the mill everyday tourist activities. The idea is to “live like a local” thanks to! Most exciting is my roomie Kirsten Alana (pictured below next to the smallest car we have seen while eating gelato!

kirsten alana gelato italy

More adventures to follow soon!

Interesting links:

Kirsten Alana, Aviators and a Camera

Dave & Deb, The Planet D

Angie Orth, Angie Away

Laurel Robbins, Monkeys and Mountains

Andrea, Destination Europe

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