Cliffs above Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

What to Do in Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre has been on my bucket list for a long time. The name literally translates to ‘Five Lands,’ and this portion of the Italian Riviera is made up of five towns: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Read on for my hotel, food, and activity recommendations.

Cars are not allowed in the villages; they are accessible only by paths, trains, and boats. Colorful homes cling to the rugged cliffside, connected by narrow walkways. Above the town, terraces line the mountainside and are used to cultivate olives and grapes. Philip and I hiked up the hillside one morning for a beautiful view of the village below.
Venice Block Print

A Brand-New Venice Print

Our second stop in Europe was the beautiful city of Venice. The city was built on a lagoon, and consequently there are no cars…people either walk or travel by boat.

The city is best known for its canals and gondolas, but one of my favorite things about it is the Venetian Gothic architecture. The style originated in the 14th century, and combines Byzantine influences from Constantinople with Arabic influences from Moorish Spain. Two famous examples of this style are the Doge’s Palace and the Ca’ d’Oro.

Bicycles on Grand Case Beach in St. Martin

What To Do in St. Martin

Traveling is a great way to step back and recharge creative batteries. When the temperatures drop in January, I always dream of sunny skies and sandy beaches. My most recent beach experience was a trip I took with two friends to the island of Sint Maarten. If you’re planning an island vacation, Sint Maarten is a great place to visit. Keep reading for trip highlights and recommendations.