When I think of Italy, the image that comes to mind is rolling green hills, olive tree groves and lines of cypress trees as far as I can see … i.e., Tuscany. After action-packed days of sightseeing in Venice and Florence, Zach and I couldn’t wait to hop in our Lancia rental car and snake through Tuscany’s jaw-dropping scenery. We were especially eager to get going because our first stop was the hotel we had been looking forward to the entire trip: Castello del Nero. Nestled in the Chianti wine region, the restored 12th century castle promised complete relaxation—and somehow it even exceeded our high expectations. Read on for my guide to Italy’s gorgeous Tuscany region!
Archives for June 2018
As charmed as we were by our visit to Venice, we were finally off to the region we were most excited to visit—Tuscany. Florence is Tuscany’s capital, and is home to some of the most iconic sights in Italy. And with only a day and a half to visit, we planned to make use of every moment in the home of the Renaissance. Read on for my guide to Florence!
While summer means endless glasses of rosé and getting a tan, I’m almost never fully enjoying the warmer weather thanks to mosquitos. I guess I’m allergic to mosquito bites, so when I get bit it swells up into a quarter-sized, ugly purplish bruise that yes, also itches like the devil. This means I refuse to have my windows open and get nervous about patio-side dining, which is arguably one of the best parts about summer in New York. The only way I feel safe is by spraying OFF! on every single exposed inch of skin, and liberally, quite like a 7th grade boy applying Axe body spray in the locker room. And just like Axe body spray, extensive mosquito repellent application is certainly not my preferred summer scent.
Thankfully, a recent trip to the North Fork included a fortuitous stop at a farmer’s market, where I happened to pick up a tin of natural mosquito repellent. I was a little skeptical, but decided to put it to the test on our honeymoon in Italy—and it worked.READ MORE
After kicking off our honeymoon in the relaxing Cinque Terre, we boarded a train for Venice. We added the city of canals to our itinerary mostly because we wanted to check it off before it succumbs to rising sea levels or overtourism. Instead, Venice completely charmed us with its winding alleys, plentiful bridges and gorgeous architecture. Read on for my guide to Venice!
Zach and I got married on September 30, 2017, but we chose to delay our honeymoon until May 2018—I couldn’t imagine planning our entire wedding and a two-week vacation to Italy at the same time. The Sunday after our wedding we flew to Charleston, SC for a quick minimoon, which I highly recommend. Charleston, where we’ve been before, is one of our favorite spots, so we didn’t feel the need to wake up early and sightsee. We were perfectly happy to sleep in, eat our fill of the city’s notoriously delicious BBQ and Lowcountry cuisine and relax. It was a much-needed refresh after 11 months of wedding planning.
Eight months after we married, we flew to Italy for our honeymoon, beginning in the postcard-perfect Cinque Terre. Read on for my guide for one of the most beautiful and can’t-miss spots in Italy!
Welcome to my book of the month column, where I recommend my couldn’t-put-it-down read of the month. Need more book recommendations? Find them here. Happy reading!
If you judge The Female Persuasion by its cover, the bold color scheme and all caps typeface would lead you to think that it will be a feminist manifesto, screaming into existence in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. What you find when you open it, however, is much more delicate than the title leads you to believe. Meg Wolitzer’s 11th book is a coming-of-age tale that starts by following Greer Kadetsky through her relationship with her high school boyfriend, and her life at college. Not particularly politically active when she matriculates, it’s a drunken groping at a frat party (plus a chance meeting in the ladies restroom with feminist icon Faith Frank) that sparks her eventual interest and involvement in advocacy.READ MORE