Relaxing in Cinque Terre



About a year ago, I saw photos of one of the most beautiful places on Earth: Cinque Terre. I had no idea where it was and assumed that it was located in an impossibly remote area that I would only visit when I’m retired. So you can imagine how excited I was to find out that it was actually not…

Catching the last bit of summer in Italy



I realize that as I’m writing this that it was actually 25 degrees in Paris this weekend, so technically, I’m still catching the last bit of summer here, buuuuut Tuscany was very summery as well (and will probably remain so until November). A few weeks ago I flew for a long weekend with a friend to Florence, where we spontaneously…

A little weekend in Amsterdam



I’m taking a little pause from the posts about Eastern Europe and pastries (completely unrelated by the way) to give you a little peak at my mini weekend in Amsterdam. I’ve actually been to Amsterdam before, but that was back in the day when I never even thought about bringing a camera on my trips, so I barely remember the…

Back to (pastry) school!



As you may have seen from my previous (and very popular) post here, I have a friend who is taking the pastry program at the Cordon Bleu, one of the top cooking schools in Paris. Luckily, she lives only a few blocks away from my work, so I get to go over there fairly often to try her latest “homework”….

Underground Cathedral: Wieliczka Salt Mine



As I mentioned earlier, when we first arrived to Krakow, we took a little detour to the Wieliczka Salt Mine for the morning. This was an optional part of the Insight Vacations tour and it was actually my dad that read up on it and convinced me to go. Obviously, this is no ordinary mine – the miners started out…

A Castle, a Dragon and Perogis in Krakow



After a very eventful summer, I can say that fall has officially arrived…because here I am lamo-potato sitting at home with a cold. The only one happy about this situation is my wallet, who’s finally getting a night off. So instead of eating my way through Paris, one bistro at a time, I’m going to get caught up on my…