Video: Venice, the city of love

Despite being exceptionally crowded, Venice has a charm that just makes it so hard not to love. Its narrow winding streets, combined with the shop fronts crammed full of pizza, pasta, chocolates and other enticing goodies. It’s so easy to escape the main drag (which can admittedly be too crowded at times) and lose yourself…

Video: Bologna, Baby!

And the adventures continue… This time, Nicole and Danielle endure a number of public transport nightmares (I kid you not) at the same time as checking out Bologna and even popping over to Ferrara for the afternoon. We stayed with a family that a friend of mine was au-pairing for, again giving us some local…

Video: Courmayeur

Courmayeur is insanely beautiful. Having family friends in Milan meant that I was fortunate enough to be to visit and experience Courmayeur from a local’s perspective. The town was so festive and alpine-feeling, the snow so white and fresh and housing so quaint and inviting. I loved it there and can’t wait for the day…

Video: venturing to Verona

Before I had even started making this video I knew that the song I would be using was… Verona (by Elemeno P). No-brainer! Please appreciate just how funny the opening scene is (When I saw you in Verona… You sat down I moved over) – too good! Verona is a super easy trip from Milan…

Video: Rome wasn’t built in a day

My flatmates and I decided to book a last minute ‘flat trip’ to Italy’s capital, Rome. As we looked on our respective computers, the prices on Pat’s screen were cheaper than any of the rest of ours so we decided it made sense for him to book all 4 of our tickets. When we received…

Video: the flat, the footy and Bergamo

This video was made after I had begun the process of settling in to Milan. For the better part of the first few months I literally felt like I was in a dream where every experience was a good experience. I learnt so much, ate way too much pizza and met so many amazing people….

Milano vs Kiwiana: Different ways of life

No matter what part of the city you are in it does not take to realise that Milan really is the centre of the fashion world. Burberry, Gucci, Prada and Giorgi Armani are just a few of the many designer stores that glitterfully colour Milan’s streets. Also plentiful is the presence of pasticceria’s  – quaint little…

Making a foreign city a place to call home

Stepping onto the plane in Auckland was the first time it really dawned on me that I was about to begin the journey of a lifetime, after leaving the only way of life I have ever known. Saying goodbye to my mum and aunty at the airport was pretty surreal, it didn’t hit me until…

Eataly – in a nutshell!

This particular blog post reveals the details of my most recent venture through Italy, touching on my favourite places (which warranted multiple visits) as well as including some places new. Unlike other countries where certain cities provide obvious tourist destinations, Italy has so many places worth visiting; each one more uniquely Italian than the last. Milan…

Summertime – Arrivederci Italia!

With our final exams finally behind us it was time to say goodbye to Milano. I think Danielle and I both felt slightly nostalgic as we ventured to California Bakery one last time, and down Via Turino for one last glimpse at a few of the many fashionable shops Milano has to offer. We climbed aboard…