Firenze

Ciao! As mentioned earlier, I spent a week traveling through Italy this past August. Today I’m excited to share my first leg of my trip to Florence. As soon as we hopped off our almost 10 hour plane flight to Rome, we opted for a high speed rail through beautiful Tuscany. While the train rattled…

Budget Traveling: Packing Light

One of the easiest ways to save money while traveling is to travel light, with just a carry-on. Since I tend to travel home to California a lot for summer fun, holidays, and football games in the fall, I’ve become a professional carry-on packer. 1. Choose your luggage There are whole websites dedicated to finding…

Budget Traveling: Buying the Flight

Hello again! I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus since work has been busy. However, I am excited to say that later this month I am going to be traveling back to Europe for the first time since I studied abroad! I am super excited and can’t wait to be traveling overseas once again-…

Victoria’s Favorite Tapas

One of my favorite parts of visiting a new country and culture is to experience the food! In Spain, tapas are a way of life. These little dishes are meant to be shared in a family style meal, each little plate ordered throughout the night and adding something new to the meal. In the south…

Earth Day

Happy Earth day all! This Earth day, I’m reminiscing about the beautiful beaches of Menorca. This small island off the coast of Spain was the backdrop for a perfect weeklong camping trip when I studied abroad. From secluded beaches with reefs perfect for snorkeling to trails overlooking deep blue water and grassy knolls; from packed white sand beaches…

Pâques à Paris (Easter in Paris)

Morning in Paris, the city awakes to the bells of Notre Dame… A few Easters ago I was lucky enough to spend Easter in beautiful Paris! We started our morning with croissants and coffee (and hot chocolate and tea!) outside of beautiful Notre Dame, next to the famous buttresses that hold the beautiful Cathedral in…

Atop: Picture Perfect Prague

Growing up in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and going to school in the Berkeley hills, I’ve always found comfort in vistas and views. Moving the East Coast has been difficult, and I’ve found that my heart misses standing atop of rock and concrete, peering at life below. I yearn for the top of…

A Good Match: Passeig de Gracia

Bright and beautiful, Casa Batlló sits on one of Barcelona’s most beautiful street, Passeig de Gràcia. And while these particular Gaudi masterpeice was my favorite building in Barcelona, few know about it’s neighbor, Casa Amatller. Sitting in contrast next to vibrant and magical dragon castle, is the blockly and beige Casa Amatller. With a pyramid of…

Navigating Public Transportation

Let’s face it, navigating public transportation when you’ve driven a car your whole suburban life is difficult. Add a new language into the mix, and you might as well declare yourself lost now. If you’re studying abroad or traveling for the first time, you’ll Learn how to read a real map Whether you like it…

The Dinner Diaries: Petit-déjeuner à Paris

In a small Parisian cafe, in the shadows of the neighborhood of Notre Dame, sat the Cafe St. Regis. With lively hosts, and a crowd of locals and tourists, my friends found a table on a cold February morning in a table for five, around a clean white table cloth and a delightful table display….

Monesterio de Pedrables

The monastery was beautifully perched in the hills between newly renovated million dollar homes and old  cobblestone streets. It felt like we had gone back in time a thousand years. One of my first explorations in Barcelona was to Monesterio de Pedrables, a beautiful monestary tucked away in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi (the upper middle class area of…

My 2017 Travel Destinations

While I didn’t have the opportunity to travel much this year, I’m hoping to travel about the globe in 2017. Below are my top travel destinations for the upcoming year. Here’s to hoping that I can venture outside of D.C. to visit these beautiful locations! The Netherlands When I was younger, I visited the beautiful…