If you love Italy, consider a trip to Malta

I don’t know what I expected when I booked my trip to Malta for last October.  I pick countries based on the most random inspiration–an episode of Vikings, chocolate, a single photograph.  This trip had been inspired by the ending of Stieg Larson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, when Lizbeth Salander is walking stealthily down a … Read more

8 Things to Do on Gozo

Gozo is the smaller of the two main islands of Malta and is home to less than forty thousand people.  Here are eight things to do if you decide to stay on this lovely little country island.   Venture to Dwerja Bay to see Fungus Rock   Since my first visit to Gozo, the Azure Window is … Read more

17 Fantastic Books about Italy to Inspire Your Next Italian Adventure

Village of Manarola, on the Cinque Terre coast of Italy with flowers

There’s something especially dreamy about an Italian vacation, but you don’t have to actually be in Italy to get a small taste of this wonderful country. Here are some of the best books about Italy to add to your reading list, whether you’re planning to read them on an Italian vacation or want something to … Read more