Day 11: Mirobod Bazaar

Mirobod was our first "Bazaar" experience in Tashkent when moved here in 2015.  Bizarre would be good way to describe our initial visit, and it still isn't my preferred shopping method, but if you want access to the best quality produce and don't mind bargaining for every single item on your shopping list, a trip … Continue reading Day 11: Mirobod Bazaar

Day 20: Palace of Arts – Turkistan

Located between Independence Square and the Monument of Courage, directly across the street from Tashkent's Crying Mother Monument, the Palace of Arts "Turkiston" is another of the Uzbek capital city's most imposing Soviet era monuments visitors will find hard to miss. Construction started in the final days of the USSR, but was derailed by lack of … Continue reading Day 20: Palace of Arts – Turkistan

Day 24: Tapchan

Uzbeks have relaxing down to an art form.  So much so that they invented a special piece of furniture that can be used all day and all night, without having to get up for anything... well, almost anything.  A staple of Central Asian culture, the tapchan is basically a raised platform used for relaxing and … Continue reading Day 24: Tapchan

Day 22: Agriturismo Il Mirto

Situated in the Northwestern corner of Sardegna, in the province of Sassari, Agriturismo Il Mirto offers an escape of absolute tranquility among the rustic landscape of rolling rocky hills, farmland, and nearby to the isolated but beautiful beaches of Porto Ferro, Porticciolo, and Mugoni. Epic clifftop hiking opportunities with scenes reminiscent of the 'Cliffs of … Continue reading Day 22: Agriturismo Il Mirto

Day 54: Le Pignole, Colli Berici Horseback Riding

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than communing with nature on the back of a horse, followed by wine tasting and homemade pizza? Well that is exactly what we did today at Le Pignole, Brendola. Situated on the west facing slopes of the Berici hills, Le Pignole is ideally positioned to absorb the … Continue reading Day 54: Le Pignole, Colli Berici Horseback Riding

Day 97: Palazzo Reale a Torino, an all-day event!

Ciao a tutti. We are continuing our weekend trip here in Torino, or Turin, as English-speakers call it. Turin is a bit off-the-beaten path to first-time Italy travelers, despite being a very large Italian city, mainly because it is not one of "the big 3"(Venice, Florence, Rome) visited on large-group tours. You may have heard … Continue reading Day 97: Palazzo Reale a Torino, an all-day event!

Expectations When In Italia

It's come to my attention that expectations often shape our experiences and reactions.  For instance, Drew has certain airline expectations because he has Gold Status on US Airways.  He's used to boarding the plane first, going through the special security line, lounge access during layovers and so on.  So, when we fly an airline that is … Continue reading Expectations When In Italia