Destination: Pompeii, Italy

Inside the ruins of Pompeii (July 2006). Once a thriving city, Pompeii has become a well-preserved ghost town today. It is one of the most-popular sites to visit as a day trip from Naples, offering a fascinating look into the tragic history of its inhabitants over a thousand years ago. All the more fascinating is … Continue reading Destination: Pompeii, Italy

Destination: D-Day Beaches of Normandy, France

Normandy American Cemetery (February 2016). I lived in the Normandy region of France for two years when I taught abroad. Although it's not as sought-after as other parts of France for work, Normandy was a place I specifically chose to be in as I was fascinated by its history, particularly D-Day. I was fascinated by … Continue reading Destination: D-Day Beaches of Normandy, France

Destination: Valletta, Malta

Located off the coast of Sicily, the small island-nation of Malta often gets overlooked as a tourist destination. For non-EU citizens like myself, I admit I hadn't known about this country until in the last few years-- even after I'd decided to book my flights for a week-long visit in late November, I still had … Continue reading Destination: Valletta, Malta

Destination: Nuremberg, Germany

My third stop during my visit in Germany earlier this month was in Nuremberg, the second-largest city after Munich in the Bavaria region. Besides being known for its rich medieval history, it's also infamous for the site of the Nazi Rally Grounds during Hitler's reign, as well as for the Nuremberg Trials against war criminals … Continue reading Destination: Nuremberg, Germany

Destination: le Palais Idéal, France

After a pleasant day in Pérouges the day before, I headed out to the palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval the following morning while in Lyon during my October holidays. Considering that I had a mix-up with waking up the morning before (long-story short, I'd made the mistake of setting my alarm for the day after I'd planned to visit … Continue reading Destination: le Palais Idéal, France