Italy is LOVE

Our honeymoon escapade in Italy just got published at the 5th issue of The Filipino Expat Magazine. Check it out here.

I have been to Rome twice, to Florence once, and yet, I still yearn to go back. The perfect timing came when I got married and was looking for a honeymoon destination. My husband has never been to any of those Italian cities I just mentioned. So the day after exchanging marital vows on a fairytale-like Nordic island, we flew back home to Switzerland, packed our stuff, and took an unforgettable road trip to Italy.

Undoubtedly, Italy is one of the most highly-recommended honeymoon spots in the world. This we realized after our two-week blissful tour around the north and central Italy. We were simply awestruck by the European country’s sheer beauty and exquisiteness. If you find yourselves in Italy, especially during the love month, do try to include the following in your itinerary: Read more

A Day in Pisa and Lucca

I got thrilled right away to see Pisa on the itinerary for our honeymoon journey in Italy.  Then my excitement waned when I began to realize one thing.

“Oh no… Am I supposed to ‘lean’ on it, like everybody does?”

‘Lean’ on the Tower of Pisa.

When we speak about Italy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is amongst the firsts that pop in our heads.  Pizza is another, but just because this Italian delicacy and the old city sound alike, I was tickled to death when I heard somebody claiming that pizza originated from Pisa. Mamma mia!

It would have been a disgrace especially to the one who built it, purely because the Tower of Pisa is an architectural mistake. Interestingly though, this miscalculation had actually brought a symbol of civic pride.  Especially for most cheeky tourists nowadays, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is the perfect muse to practice the art of ‘forced perspective.’ Read more

3 Days in Cinque Terre

Visiting these five crazily stacked, colorful fishing villages of Cinque Terre perched on the Ligurian coast seems to be entering in a world drawn only for a storybook.  Grape terraces, lemon trees, the ocean and steep cliffs will corner you; yet still, it’s a great place to get stuck after all.

A UNESCO world heritage site since 1997, Cinque Terre consists of five villages dating from the early medieval period: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

Cinque Terre’s unique feature is attributed to the carefully built houses and terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean sea.  The “five lands” form part of Italy’s most rugged coastline, isolated and inaccessible for centuries until a railway was completed in 1874. Read more

An Overnight Stay in Genoa

The Nordic wind seemed to tell us that summer would be gone soon in a couple of weeks in Denmark.  By September, the good chance we could still catch the summer breeze is when we go further south.  So, a day after we tied the knot in Aeroskobing, we headed back to Copenhagen and took a flight back to Switzerland.

The next morning, we found ourselves heading towards the Mont Blanc Tunnel.  Then it’s official – we’re definitely heading to Italy!

I’ve always liked Italy.

After visiting Florence once and Rome twice, I couldn’t get my mind off from wishing to explore this beautiful country more.  By the time we were already looking for our honeymoon destination, I said it right away, “I want to go (back) to Italy.” Read more

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

It’s pretty obvious how I like pasta very much, and it’s amongst the dozens of reasons why I was eager to visit Italy.  The kind of pasta I enjoyed much as a kid however, is not as the same as the Italian’s.

Pinoy pasta is quite different.

Our version of spaghetti bolognese has the usual ingredients, yet we add some extras like hot dogs, sugar and banana ketchup that all in all, give a bit of sweet taste.  My favorite carbonara has a creamy white sauce topped with ham and bacon; a balanced mix of all-purpose cream, cream of mushroom soup and evaporated milk defines it.

Now here I get a very meaty spaghetti bolognese, sans the sweetness and the ‘tender juicy hotdogs.’  And the carbonara?  Well, it’s still as creamy as the one I would have back home.  Until my trip to Rome, I came across the real carbonara for the first time.  Less creamy, but boy oh boy, it was divine! Read more

48 Hours in Aerø Island

Finding Ærøskøbing was like discovering a light tower in the middle of the night at sea.  Amidst our constant search until we found Denmark, we felt right away that Ærøskøbing is the perfect place for us to get married.  I got swooned right away upon knowing that this hidden island is dubbed as Denmark’s fairytale town.

Indeed, Ærøskøbing is one hidden beauty in the Danish Baltic Sea.

Its idyllic charm is accentuated by narrow cobblestone lanes and picturesque houses dating back from the 17th century, along with historical establishments that speak about its commercial and maritime progress in the past.  Ærøskøbing seems to be a “town-in-a-bottle.” It is a quaint, peaceful place that would make you feel the time stops for you while its natural, rustic, unassuming beauty continues to flow around. Read more