• What Makes Burano, Italy a “Must Visit?” (According to Anthony Bordain…)

    The illustrious city of Venice is a wonder to behold, yet, the whole surrounding lagoon offers an abundance of wonders and rewards for venturesome travelers willing to take a little nautical journey. One such place is Burano. Like walking straight into a Wonka-esque, rainbow village, the delights of this quaint island go far beyond it’s vivid, techni-color facades. The whole island seems enchanted by the myths of the sea, where even it’s most famed product- handmade lace-is said to have originated from mythological beings. Legend has it an engaged young fisherman was out in his boat, when a siren tried to lure him in with her song. When the fisherman…

  • I Made These Cultural Blunders in Italy….(So you don’t have to!)

    Like many Americans traveling to Italy, my imagination of Italy and Italians ran wild with romantic images of pin-stripe suit and gold jewelry-clad men, beautiful, feisty stilletto-heeled women, cozy trattorias with slow, romantic accordion music playing in the background and mountains of fresh pasta. Of course, these are highly stereotypical ideals and not met in reality (except, of course, the mountains of pasta!) Yet, even if you read all the non-stereotype perpetuating literature you can get your hands on, nothing can fully prepare you for being in a new culture entirely. Part of the fun is challenging your own expectations, throwing away your romanticizations, and learning the nitty-gritty details of…

  • Exploring the Pomp and Grandiosity of the Vatican

    Although the Vatican is the smallest country, by both area and population, what it lacks in scale it certainly makes up for in unbridled opulence. Indeed, nothing exposes that opulence more than the exquisite works of art on display at the Vatican Museum. The elegant, bright sheen of ancient sculpted marble still gleans, sumptuous frescoes dazzle the senses from all sides, while the post modern works refresh and remind us of a changing world. As you meander the Vatican halls, you are literally walking the hallways of the progression of modern civilization. The Vatican Museum sees six million visitors per year and is the fourth most visited art museum in…

  • New Adventures, Blossoming Romance in the Cradle of Western Civilization

    Hi Folks! I’m biding my time in the Philadelphia airport, anxiously awaiting my flight to the farthest from home I’ve been. This is my first trip to Europe, and I’m about to board a flight to one of the oldest cities, not only in Europe, but modern civilization-Rome. After spending the last three months voraciously reading travel guides, listening to historical audiobooks and podcasts, and feverishly researching the style and etiquette of  the beautiful Italians, it is finally time for me to board.  After all the agonizing hours of wondering what color scarf to wear and how tall a heel on my boots will allow me to walk for hours…