Posts by mpisco

Follow the Yellow Signed Trail

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Featured, Switzerland | 6 comments

Follow the Yellow Signed Trail

Prior to this trip a visit to Switzerland was right at the top of our travel priority list. In recent years I had become fascinated with the thought of hiking parts of the Swiss Alps and finally seeing firsthand the country’s renowned and pristine fairytale landscape (I even went as far as getting our very own MySwitzerland.com brochures sent to our apartment). We split our time among the mountains, quaint villages and larger cities throughout our 2 1/2 weeks. Each city and small town had a lot of character, but it was up in the highlands where I found the most beautiful Switzerland. 

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Best of Italy in Photos

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Italy, Photos/Video | 1 comment

Best of Italy in Photos

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Pitstop in Piedmont

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Featured, Italy | 7 comments

Pitstop in Piedmont

I LOVE ITALY. Simple as that. The people, the culture, the landscape, and, of course, the food. Maybe it’s because I grew up with a strong Italian family influence. Or maybe it’s because one of our most memorable vacations was a trip to Rome, Siena, Florence and Cinque Terre in 2010. Italy and everything Italian affects me. So I shouldn’t be surprised that a detour to Northern Italy’s wine region did the same. 

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People Tell the Story: Romania

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in People Tell the Story, Romania | 0 comments

People Tell the Story: Romania
We were only in Romania for four days so we really didn’t have a ton of interaction with locals. But, what we did experience was an eagerness to be helpful, plenty of smiles and people who either spoke relatively good English or who had the patience to deal with my “Spatalian”. Our first interaction was upon arrival into the Suceava (border town from Ukraine) bus station. The woman at the ticket counter spoke perfect English, helped redirect our plan so that we could arrive to Brasov sooner, and escorted us to the bus driver (who spoke no English) to explain where we were going and to get us on the right bus. This was an indication of the kindness and hospitality that we would experience during our short time in Romania.
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Romancing Romania

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Featured, Romania | 2 comments

Romancing Romania

If you would have told me years ago that I would be celebrating my 30th birthday in Romania, I would have never believed it. A pre-booked flight from Bucharest to Milan (we needed to be in Portofino for our friends’ wedding) led us into Romania after our time in Ukraine. After getting delayed by a day or two crossing the border, we were only left with four days so our time in the country was limited. We ultimately chose to spend our time in Brasov to get the most out of a speedy Romanian experience. The old medieval city made for a great place to get a taste of Romanian culture and an unforgettable 30th.  

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