Italy: Herculaneum

In  79 AD, another town lay in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius: Herculaneum. As Vesuvius continued to erupt, a volcanic pyroclastic flow (a fast-moving ground-hugging avalanche of hot ash, pumice, rock fragments, and volcanic gas that rushes down the side of a volcano as fast as 100 km/hour or more) approached Herculaneum and eventually buried…

Il Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

If you only have one day to spend in Naples, I highly recommend that you spend the first part of it exploring the Naples National Archaeological Museum. So far this is definitively my favorite museum visit ever. Augusto and Campania Exhibit Upon entering the museum there is a special exhibition celebrating the two thousandth anniversary…

2015 Year in Review

As I reflect on how my life has changed in the past year, I’ve come to realize that 2015 was a year of adventure, cooking, traveling, eating delicious meals and trying new things.  After 2014, a year where I focused on cleaning up my finances by paying off all my credit card debt, I realized…

Italy: Alberobello

The Road to Alberobello After leaving Ostuni, we made our way to our next stop on our tour of Italy, Alberbello.  As we drove down highway, we began to see cylindrical structures with conical roofs doting the hillsides.  These structures are called trulli’s and they are defining landmarks of Alberobello. Alberobello’s history is a tale…

Italy: Ostuni

Ostuni is a hilltop city that was believed to have been established by the Messappi people. In the 8th century BC, the Messappi started to build the first fortified towns in the region. These city was eventually attacked and defeated by Hannibal during the Punic Wars. Around 216 BC, the region was conquered by the…

Italy: Barletta

After our morning exploring Monte Sant’Angelo and Gargano, we made our way back to coastal city of Barletta. The City Barletta is located on the Adriatic with a very long, sandy coast stretching to both the east and the west. Along the coast, there are various attractive beaches with trees to the west. The main…

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…

Hidden Treasure: Brooklyn Navy Yard

The Brooklyn Navy Yard, nestled on the waterfront between the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges, is one of the most interesting places to visit in New York. It is also one of the best “hidden treasures.” A few weeks ago, I was invited by a lovely friend and photographer to join a small group of fellow…

New York City: A Bridge, A Memorial, A Meal

I am part of a rare breed of people living in New York; we are known as native New Yorkers. During my time in this great city, I’ve seen New York be an ethnically diverse city, a city in turmoil, a city in healing, a city awakening to become an economic powerhouse, a gentrified playground for the rich and…

Savannah, GA: Fun Stuff

I really enjoyed the time I had available in Savannah.  This was my second visit to this wonderfully historic and haunted city.  Besides vising Old Fort Jackson, I also was able to explore an old oyster factory, visit a battlefield, explore a railroad museum, take in some wonderful architecture, and eat some amazing meals along…