Hotel Helios- Juan-les-Pins

I’m not sure if the French Riviera was the right vacation move for the first mother/daughter trip since the three years of Covid, but the ease and cost of the flight made it pretty much non negotiable. We ended up at Hotel Helios as we booked the trip just a week in advance and the…

Central Como AirBnB

This might be my first AirBnB review and was probably the best experience to date with their properties. The home looked exactly like the photos and I’d whole-heartedly recommend the space to anyone visiting Como. Here’s the listing as well as some highs and lows: PROS CONS Pictured exactly as shown on the web Have…

Ausonia Hungaria- Lido

After staying at the gorgeous Ausonia Hungaria in 2019 I fell hard and fast for this oasis perfectly situated between the touristically crowded Venice and the Adriatic Sea. Despite more of a last minute booking during high season, I knew my parents would enjoy the property as well and insisted it would make for an…

Grand Hotel Tremezzo & T Beach

Grand Hotel Tremezzo holds such a special place in my heart after spending several afternoons and evenings there a few years ago. While I was just staying down the road, the hotel was such a fun mix of high-end hospitality and whimsy that I absolutely could not resist it. I was so grateful that T…

Hotel Bazzoni- Tremezzo

Another day, another chance to check out a new hotel! Since Grand Hotel Tremezzo was not in the (credit) cards for this trip, we checked into the Hotel Bazzoni, just a skip across the dock at Tremezzo. It’s also directly on a (car-sickening) bus route back to Como. We were kindly able to check-in early…

NYX Milano

On the quest for an inexpensive crash pad the night before a train trip out of Milan, I met my friend at the cheap and cheerful NYX Milano. Service was top notch, the locale was just across from Milano Centrale, and brekky was included. What more could you ask for for a few hours rest?…

Ristorante Caruso- Milano

On Easter Sunday, on my own in a new city, I enjoyed Facetiming with my family, but also decided to pay homage to them by dining at Ristorante Caruso, part of our namesake. While the hotel of the restaurant, Grand Hotel et de Milan, was positioned for old world charm, maybe it was just a…

Bamboo Bar at the Armani Hotel- Milano

The Bamboo Bar at the Armani Hotel came strongly recommended by a like-minded colleague who insisted I should linger and look at the Duomo ( blurrily, below) and make sure to have the greatest tiramisu in the world. I came to do just that, but was more impressed with the interior deco, food, and wine…

Vertigo Urban Bar- Milan

The main hotel restaurant of the Milano Verticale Hotel was aptly named Vertigo…despite it being on the ground level among the hotel’s beautiful urban courtyard. Upon arriving at the hotel, I quickly changed clothes for the perfect spring day and sat down with my back towards all of the extremely chic business folk to focus…

Milano Verticale- UNA Esperienze- Milan

How to aptly describe the feeling of and starting a long term medical leave from work? A sabbatical if you will… Well, if you’re me, you have to punctuate the moment with a trip. In all honestly, I’d planned this vacation before I even knew I’d be going out, so it was the perfect line…