• Bassano del Grappa: My favourite place in Italy

    Monday, May 5, 2014 1 Permalink

    There are places that we have to visit at least once in our lifetime. Venice or Rome for example. AND there are special places where we go back again and again because it gives us beautiful memories. My favourite place in Italy is Bassano del Grappa, a small city in the outskirts of Venice. It lies at the foot of the majestic Monte Grappa, from which it borrowed its name.  In addition to the snow-capped mountain, the clear River Brenta that passes through the city adds up to its allure. I discovered Bassano del Grappa in the summer of 2010, while searching ...

  • Rome: Dinner, overnight and a mad dash to the wine store

    Monday, March 12, 2012 0 Permalink

    Note: Sorry for the crappy Blackberry photos. My time in Rome was very short and very hectic that's why I wans't able to take decent photos. In the Philippines, we call a 24-hour trip an "overnight" because it means spending a night somewhere else than your own house. Kids and teenagers usually look forward to "overnights" at their friends' houses - it's a way of getting away from the prying eyes of their parents while enjoying time with friends. While for me, an overnight had been a way to see Europe in between business trips.   Hi and goodbye Last summer I spent an evening in ...

  • One day affair: Pompous Rome!

    Monday, March 5, 2012 2 Permalink

    Rome and I, we had a very brief affair in the summer of 2011. An affair that involves only sleeping and eating together. I barely got to know him but the few hours that I spent in his cradle left me with very strong impressions which would be hard to compare with any other city. At a glance Rome is imposing and intimidating but with during my short rendezvous with him, I realized that it is a city that must have experienced both tears and victory at their most extreme. A view from a hop-on hop-off 110 Using a hop on/hop off bus ...

  • In Italy, I’ll never get fat

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011 0 Permalink

    Carpaccio and champagne at Villa Laguna in Lido island, Venice If you are following my blog, you probably noticed that my last trip to Venice was the 4th I've made in just a little over a year. Only one of these was for pure leisure. But I love every moment that I was there despite a few hassles here and there. The sun, the sea, the carefree Mediterranean attitude and the wines... I couldn't get enough of them. But it was only the last time I came back that I noticed a pattern which made me fall in love with Italy ...

  • A Cinderella in Venice: Finding the perfect shoes

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 0 Permalink

    I've been scouting for the perfect shoes online and ordered at least four pairs in the last two months. Three of them went back to the retailers while the last pair I sold to a friend. Buying shoes online is both tricky and expensive and I usually end up paying more than what I bargained for. In Holland they don't usually have my size and good pairs come with high price tag. When my business trip to Venice was confirmed, finding the perfect pair of shoes became my top goal. This was my second time in the city, so I didn't ...

  • My 1st Italian trip in Experience Travel and Living Magazine

    Saturday, July 30, 2011 0 Permalink

      One year ago, as part of my solo birthday trip, I went to Venice for almost a week. It was one of my most enjoyable vacations and until now, I can still vividly picture the beautiful Bassano del Grappa (a town an hour and a half away from Venice). I can still  feel the tranquility it gave me one afternoon, in my search for the best grappa in the world. I stayed at the famous Lido Island, home to the Venice Film Festival and the grandest casinos in Europe. In these benches, I would spend my afternoons looking out at Venice ...

  • Liquid from the gods: a dinner in Alghero

    Monday, June 13, 2011 0 Permalink

    I sat on one of their chairs outside with only one purpose - pacify my growling stomach. A flight always makes me tired no matter how short or long the trip was. It was already 7pm and my last meal was seven hours ago. I did not expect to be satisfied neither be amused by the view. But dining in Quarte Sayal, opposite the boardwalk of Alghero city center gave me a totally different experience. Quarte Sayal is separated from the beach by a busy motorway. If you don't mind including passing cars in your view of the palm trees, the ...

  • Sardinia: Few things to know before you go

    Sunday, June 5, 2011 0 Permalink

    I suck at planning a travel itinerary. I'm the kind of person who jumps on a plane, bus or train to go to a place that fancy without even a map at hand. Most of the time it cost me so much time, money and effort which frustrates me rather than enjoying. But then that's the joy of travelling solo, the adventure and the unexpected fun that you get from your travelling mistakes. And you'd think I've learned my lesson? Not really. My latest travel blunder was during my latest trip in Sardinia. It was a business trip for most part but ...

  • Conversations at the beach: Lido Island, Italy

    Thursday, December 30, 2010 1 Permalink

    In July 2010, I took yet another birthday sojourn in Italy, a month before my birthday. Wanting to escape crowded Venice, I decided to stay in Lido Island, about 15 minutes away by vaporetto (water bus). Much as I wanted to spend my four-night stay in Grand Hotel de Bains, the famous setting of Death in Venice, my budget settled me instead in a rather dingy hotel called Vime Byron which is located few meters away from the beach. In the afternoons, I'd take long walks at the boulevard and around the island. The sunset in Lido island is breathtaking, made even more special with ...

  • From Lido Island to San Marco

    Monday, October 18, 2010 1 Permalink

    Last July, I took almost a week of vacation in Italy. Everyday I would take the boat from Lido Island to San Marco, to the train station in Sta Lucia, to Murano or other places in Venice. Here is the lovely sights at the banks of the Venetian Lagoon. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.