The Abandoned Italy Tourists Never See

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When Giacomo, Emilia’s beloved Husband passed, she was left as the last resident of a neighborhood once home to 38 people. Empty Homes Out Emilia’s Backdoor On her daily walk up the hill to the cemetery to visit Giacomo, Emilia passes a few beautiful well kept homes, but it’s the patina of time on the walls…

How We Afford 90 Days on the Road

Originally posted on ALOR:
Ever dream of quitting your job, selling all your stuff and hitting the road? That’s exactly what Bello and I did late last year. We believe if we follow our passions (for Bello it’s photography, for me writing) and work hard towards our dreams, they will become our reality. Starting May…

Join Us for 90 Days In Spain & Italy

Originally posted on ALOR:
Bello and I are hitting the road Sunday for 90 Days through Spain and Italy. To keep in touch with friends, we just launched our Twitter account ArtOfLivingOnTheRoad @AOLORGypsyTip. We would love to have you join us! We’ll be sharing #Photography #Food #Travel Inspirations and money saving #GypsyTips. We’re starting in…

Martha’s Vineyard the Ultimate Photographers Getaway

As an artistic couple, my Husband a photographer, myself an Executive Producer/Writer, we’re always on the hunt for inspiring locations to visit… on the cheap. We were delighted to find Martha’s Vineyard in the off-season has a few distinct advantages. Reduced prices on stays at Historic Inns like Kelley House among them. A place so charming, you’re welcomed…

Unserved Dishes Around the World

Some of the best food in Manhattan, never, ever hits the tables for customers front of house. While working hard in Italian Kitchens, Latin cooks bring a few ingredient from home, peppers, juices, herbs and more to spice up pasta, making it more to their liking, their palates for a quick meal. Front of house gets Spaghetti, back of house gets…

Wine Country Romance in Santa Ynez

While in California, Wine Lovers owe it to themselves to make it to Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara County. Napa and Sonoma are as beautiful and enchanting as ever. However, after watching a man pass out drunk by 11am in the Oxbow Market with his rowdy companion, I could understand why they are getting a reputation…

Welcome Justin Trudeau, Did You Bring Any Coffee Crisp?

Justin Trudeau’s trip to the US is the first official visit of a Canadian Prime Minister in 19 years. Hearing the excitement in the US Press did my heart good this morning. I’m pretty sure the excitement goes beyond his sexy charm, or the fact that Mr. Trudeau is adorable cuddling Pandas. After living in T.Dot (aka Toronto)…

A Plea, Let Travel Change You

All through last and this year, I honestly and sadly, for the first time was aware of news reports of slave labor in the Myanmar (formerly Burma.) Also sadly, this is nowhere near a new problem in Burma. It’s been in the news for years, decades even. I just missed it, glossed over the headlines….

Memories of Myanmar (Burma)

When my Husband and I traveled through Myanmar (Burma) with his parents, we noticed cameras were not just focusing on the Buddhas, they were turning on us too. Burmese life expectancy is nearly 20 years shorter than Italian, so few men ever achieve the snow white hair of my Father-in-law. My Husband has a thick beard, something Burmese men can…

5 Cheap Travel Tips: Saving on Meals

It’s a big beautiful, evolving world and nothing thrills us more than being somewhere for the first time together. Why, oh why, can’t magic carpets or teleporters really exist? Delta, do you need a spokes-couple? No… just saying, have passport, will travel. Seeing as we’re both pursuing artistic fields and as my Mom puts it “honey, I made…

Top 20 Portland Picks: Beer, Food and Fun

In my life I’ve moved 18 times. One would think, with as happy as Bello and I are in our current home in Jersey City, I would never want to move again. Minutes from Manhattan, $1,000 a month saved in rent redirected towards travel and far more amenities than our Upper West Side apartment… and then we…

Goonies for Big Kids

On a recent trip, I learned something new about my Husband… he’s a Big ‘Ol Goonies Fan! While strolling Cannon Beach in Oregon a few days before driving into Portland, he turned to me with a look I thought I knew well. I was expecting a romantic turn of phrase like “I swim in your eyes.”…

You, Me, Cicheti and Vino in Venice

I count myself extremely fortunate to have found a partner who shares my passion for travel, food and wine. Day after day, my Husband and I tailor our lives to ensure all of our extra time, energy and money can be funneled towards traveling the world together. This year, one of our many trips was to…

Cartagena Top Culinary Picks

Like many, I sometimes bristle at the use of the word Foodie. So pervasive and overused it often comes across as a joke. When Hipsters have rejected the phrase, surely so should I. Yet, when it comes to describing the type of person (me for instance) who spends weeks planning where and what to eat before their next adventure,…

Cock’s Fresh in Belgium, So’s the Beer Eh?!

One of the ways I knew my Husband was the man for me, was how I felt completely at ease being myself with him instantly. He’s never rolled his eyes at my silly jokes and accepts that my sense of humor is that of a 12-year-old boy. One of the reasons we both love to travel,…