May - June 2017
  • Day7

    Sfogliatelle Attanasio - pastry

    June 1, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Justin did some googling to find top eateries in Naples before we arrived. This bakery made the list with a 4.8 rating by 245+ people.

    Must Try: The hot cheese pastry out of the fire oven!

    Price: $
    Food Quality: 5 Stars
    Service Quality: 4.5 Stars
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  • Day7

    ItaliaRail to Naples

    June 1, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We're on the move again!

    Today's agenda includes a Day trip to Naples for pizza and Capri for some coastal shots. 📸

    To make the most of it, we were up and out the door by 5:30 this morning to catch a 6:30 am train. We stopped at a local grocery store last night to pick up the fixings of our own meat and cheese plate to enjoy on the road. 🧀 (A learning from our last 2+hr train ride where food for purchase was not as easy to come by)Read more

  • Day6

    LasaGnam

    May 31, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    I could not resist!

    We passed this cafe style eatery on the way back to the hotel this afternoon and decided we had to try it. I regret nothing.

    Must Try: The Carbonara

    Price: $
    Food Quality: 4.5 Stars
    Service Quality: 4 Stars
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  • Day6

    Theatre Cafe

    May 31, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    A coffee stop on our way back from the Vatican.

    Must Try: Frappuccino (not the Starbucks version)

    Price: $
    Food Quality: 4 Stars
    Service Quality: 4 Stars

  • Day6

    Passaguai

    May 31, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Lunch date :)

    This place was an awesome escape from the crowds. We had to descend stairs off a main road to enter the venue. It was secluded, rich with culture, and very welcoming.

    Must Try: The meat

    Price: $
    Food Quality: 3.5 Stars
    Service Quality: 4 Stars
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  • Day6

    Capella Sistina

    May 31, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    There are no words. Absolutely stunning.

    On the ceiling and walls of the chapel are the beautiful works of Michealangelo that took 4 years to complete (1508-1512). This is arguably one of mankind's greatest artistic achievements, depicting various scenes from the Christian bible.

    Today, the Sistine chapel is the site of the Papal conclave (where the new Pope is selected).

    Fun fact: Michealangelo allegedly preferred sculpting over painting, and had to be coerced by Pope Julius II with a lucrative commission of sculpting 40 massive figures for the Pope's tomb in return for taking on the Sistine chapel.

    🌍🛫📝: Rick Steves
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  • Day6

    Musei Vaticani

    May 31, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We decided to leave the Pope's public address a little early to beat the crowds to the Vatican Museum - and it worked!

    My absolute favorite piece in the Vatican museum was Raphael's "The School of Athens" (1509-1511) where famous minds and artists are depicted in one scene. Some that have been identified with certainty include Plato and Aristotle (in the painting's center), Socrates, Pythagoras, Euclid, Ptolemy, Zoroaster, Raphael (self portrait), Sodoma and Diogenes. This painting was not intended to represent a school that actually existed, but rather an ideal community of intellects from the entire classical world.

    Pro Tip: Use Rick Steves' Vatican Museum audio tour

    🌍🛫📝: Rick Steves
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  • Day6

    The Vatican for the Papal Address

    May 31, 2017 in Vatican City ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Checked off a bucket list item... and made 1 more.

    #44 - Attend the Pope's public address in person ✔
    ...
    #62 - Bring my child to the Pope's address so his/her forehead can get kissed by the Pope

    The line was massive to get into the square. For future reference, highly recommend getting to the Vatican early (7 am) to get through security and get seats in front of St. Peter's Basilica. We got to the Vatican around 8 am, and it was already packed.

    The Pope's address starts around 10 am, and he rides in on a cart that weaves between aisles beforehand for crowd interaction. A great opportunity to get a high five!
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