Lost in LA: The Getty Villa

Outer peristyle (August 2022) While driving the famed Highway 1 in California, one cannot leave Los Angeles without paying a visit to the Getty Villa. Nestled just at the border of Malibu in the Pacific Palisades, the Getty Villa is a hidden, yet not-so-hidden gem to check out for its vast collection of Greek and … Continue reading Lost in LA: The Getty Villa

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: Florence, Italy

Views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo (July 2006). Firenze or Florence? Ah, the age-old question...It's a subtlety that I had no idea about, and it wasn't until I looked it up that I understood the difference. Essentially, "Firenze" is how the Italians call it, and "Florence" is the English version, derived from "Florentia" in the … Continue reading Destination: Florence, Italy