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Borghese Gardens

There’s nothing like a nice summer day in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There’s a bunch of things you could do, like take a stroll in the park, look at some beautiful scenery, maybe have that romantic boat ride in the lake. Well, you can do all those in Rome’s very own version of Central Park – the Borghese Gardens. Starting off from Piazza del Popolo, we took the more difficult but scenic route uphill towards Pincio Terrace, one of the two entrances  ...

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Open Door Bookshop

What’s your staple place to visit whenever you travel? Me? Bookshops! I try to locate at least one in each city that we visit so prior to our Italian holiday, I had two bookshops in mind – Rome’s Open Door Bookshop and Venice’s Libreria Acqua Alta (which I will be making a separate post for very soon). I had to research for bookshops all over Rome that’s not too far from the sites and attractions that we’ll be visiting. The Open Door Bookshop stood out  ...

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Colosseum and the Ruins

When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall; And when Rome falls–the World. -Lord Byron   Many stories make up the blueprint of this magnificent structure and it’s believed that Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you’ve been to the Colosseum, you’d surely understand why. I call myself lucky to be even standing before this Wonder of the World – bucketlist #1. Kent and I reserved our second day for the Colosseum. We used our Roma Pass (48 Hours) because aside  ...

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Heart of Rome

Our dream summer holiday in Italy finally came into fruition this year after intense planning for months. (We were excited AF!) As with any other travel, research is always crucial when we explore and discover new cities so for our first day in the Eternal City, we decided to go with Rick Steves’ self-guided tour of the Heart of Rome. It’s very different from Paris, I should say. There’s an elegant, historical flair to it, you could smell the ancient authoritative air that  ...

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MMW Vlog 02: Rome

I recently uploaded a new travel video on my YouTube Channel – Day One in the Eternal City, Rome. It’s such a dream come true to finally have the perfect Italian summer holiday with my favorite travel buddy. For ten days, we toured nine cities in Italy and even made a side trip to the vibrant Spanish city, Barcelona. It’s been five months since I last made a video on Adobe Premiere and it felt like I’m being introduced to a new stranger all over again. I practically  ...

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My Ultimate Italian Bucketlist

Today’s the day! We’re finally off to Italy! So being the over-planner that I am, I’ve come up with a list of things that I want to see and do during our trip. Yey, I can’t wait to tick them all!   1. Marvel in the grandeur of the Colosseum 2. Say my prayers in St. Peter’s Basilica 3. Visit the Sistine Chapel and admire the Creation of Adam 4. Gush over the Pantheon 5. Make a wish at the Trevi 6. Climb the Spanish Steps 7. Get lost in the charming streets  ...

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15 Things to Do in Amsterdam

1. Be romantic. Find the The Fault in Our Stars Bench in Leidsegracht and pretend to be Gus and Hazel for the day. Don’t forget to take that awesome selfie to commemorate the moment.   2. Visit the Dam Square. The Dam Square is Amsterdam’s central square that plays a huge role in history because it is where the city was founded. Some important monuments can be also found nearby such as the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis), New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) and the National Monument.  ...

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