Roaming the Vatican Museums

I got myself the Omnia Vatican & Rome pass 3 Days Pass while I was there. I did my research and concluded that despite the hefty price I paid, this all in one card would be worth it (it was 94 euros!). I am not advertising for them, but this card included all the top…

Milan – the one with the most surprises.

This is the question I ask myself as I arrive in Milan. The world knows Milan as a fashion capital – words like haute couture, runway, glamour and fashion gel seamlessly together – marketed to perfection by marketeers. Yet. As I walk through the seemingly haughty European architecture, I can’t help but feel that Milan…

A visual journey through the Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums is not something you would forget once you step foot into this behemoth institution. The size and grandeur of it all would leave a mark in your brain. The fact that you will soon be able to see the infamous Sistine Chapel will mark a milestone in itself as well. Museums might…

Tasting Carbonara in Italy

(I know it’s been a year since I flew to Europe and back – so much has changed since but I owe this to myself and even if it takes me 5 years to chronicle my travel days, so be it.) It’s funny how Food translates into different tastes in different countries. Sometimes I wonder if any…

Coin-tossing at Trevi Fountain

The Fontana di Trevi – or Trevi Fountain in English – is a fountain in Rome, Italy. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the top must-sees of tourists when in Rome. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return…

Stumbling into Galleria Borghese

Rome left an impression. I had to walk through this ancient city for 45 minutes to reach my hostel because there was a train strike on the morning I arrived. It wasn’t the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish steps that made me look twice – it was a train strike.  It amazed me how they…

Coliseum and Roman Forum

I anticipated this day. When I was barely 9, I would go to the State library and peruse the kids section for stories about Zeus and his pantheon. Roman and Greek Gods are mostly the same but hold different names; I was curious as a child and as I grew, I was curious still. Imagine…

In Rome with a Roman

Rome creeped up on me. I didn’t like it at first. The over-crowded, narrow streets and fearsome drivers who seem to be eating, talking on the phone and driving all at the same time is intimidating even though Malaysian drivers are already renowned for our lawlessness. Italians seem to be on the phone all the time.…