Photo Highlights: Ostia Antica, Italy 2012

Since I had five days in Rome, I took a day trip by train to Ostia Antica, which was once a port city. Known as an alternative to Pompeii, Ostia Antica offered so much to explore, and it was a lovely break from Rome’s crowded ruins. I had such thrill discovering all the little things, from overgrown nooks and ancient steps to worn frescoes and mosaic floor tiles.…  Read More »

Photo Highlights: Rome, Italy 2012

In Rome, I tried an Airbnb apartment for the first time. And the last time. The apartment was spacious and located in a central area, along Via di Capo le Case, near Trevi Fountain and the Fontana del Tritone (Triton’s Fountain). I typically pick hotels within walking distance to train stations, and this apartment met my minimum requirements. Unfortunately, the door to the apartment building had a faulty lock, and more often than not, it refused to open!…  Read More »

Photo Highlights: Dubrovnik, Croatia 2012

We took the scenic, winding coastal road from Trogir to Dubrovnik. The mountains and clouds looked so close, the sky and sea so blue, and the water rippled on and on. It was a gorgeous drive–let down only by Garmin. When we approached Dubrovnik from the highway, we had a hard time figuring out how to get into the city. Because Garmin kept asking us to turn into roads that didn’t exist. Worst, to turn into a mountain!…  Read More »

Photo Highlights: Trogir, Croatia 2012

Croatia is a very hilly country, which made driving into Trogir incredibly scenic, breathtaking, and exciting. My only regret is–because I was the one driving–I couldn’t take pictures! Maybe I should have gotten my sis to drive. I loved the main island so much, and the old town with its cobbled streets and small shops. They had such nice silver jewelry. And amber.…  Read More »

Photo Highlights: Split, Croatia 2012

After Florence, I took a ferry from Ancona over to Split in Croatia. I roamed about the old town and Diocletian’s palace. The Temple of Jupiter was a bit hard to find, maybe partly because it was closed when I got there (but there was a gap in the chained/locked door, so I managed to sneak my iPhone in to steal shots). Overall, I enjoyed Croatia more than Italy, partly because it was quieter.…  Read More »