Cuba People to People, Day 6

The sixth day of my Cuban tour, my tour mates and I leave the beautiful Ocean del Mar in Cayo Santa Maria and make our way to Santa Clara. While in Santa Clara, we toured the city. The city tour included many locations, but some of my favorite part of the tour included a ride in […]

Cuba People to People, Day 5

Waking up on my fifth day in Cuba at the all-inclusive resort Ocean Casa Del Mar by H10 in Cayo Santa Maria (aka the Cuban Keys) was one of the most glorious experiences in my life. This resort was absolutely breathtaking. The walk from my room to the restaurant for breakfast was a tranquil stroll, where I […]

Cuba People to People, Day 3

My third day in Cuba started out with a visit to the Corona Cigar Factory. Here my tour mates and I witnessed how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos inside the factory, but we were allowed to take photos of the stained glass in the lobby. After […]

Cuba People to People, Day 1

The mystique and mystery of Cuba had been on the periphery of my mind since learning about the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. For so long, I pondered the reasons why a country less than 100 miles off the coast of the U.S. was so off limits. This limitation made me want […]

Title: Pain au Jamon

Story: Have you ever laid your eyes on something and your first thought was mmmmmm? That’s how I felt when I fiat saw this savory goodness at Tartine in San Francisco. Then I tasted it. Imagine the saltiness of the high quality ham and nutty gruyere cheese wrapped in the buttery heaven of a fresh […]

Title: Beignets

Story: The first time I was in Savannah, GA, my mom and I woke up really early and decided to find a breakfast spot. We took a walk on the Riverwalk and found Huey’s on The River. They had beignets with a praline pecan sauce on their menu. My mom and I decided to try […]

Italy: Naples

On the Road Again After leaving the beauty that is Matera, we headed out in our tour bus toward Naples.  As we made our way through the Italian countryside, we passed many waterways and fertile green hills. All of a sudden, as we crest yet another hill, the Bay of Naples comes into view along […]

Italy: Matera

First Glance Same Old, Same Old At first glance, Matera resembled an average Italian city: a piazza where both modern and ancient architecture abut; ancient churches next to government buildings; restaurants and gelaterias selling the most amazing smelling and tasting delicacies; and sculpted artworks highlighting an important point in the city’s history. A Most Pleasant […]

Italy: Oesteria AL Duomo – The Best Italian Meal

You will be hard pressed to find inedible food in Italy.  Everything I ate was simply delicious, however, there was one particular day where everything I consumed transported me to a place of pure delight. After walking around the old town Barletta, my friend and I decided to enjoy a meal at Oesteria AL Duomo, […]

Italy: Benevento

Italian Countryside Traveling around the Italian countryside is one thing that I would recommend doing if finances permit. For this trip, we were driven around the countryside by a private coach bus driven by a really nice Italian man named Pasquale. This was surprisingly was very comfortable and it allowed me to see and photograph […]