Travel And Expat Monthly Recap: Sept. and Oct. 2018

It feels like a lot has happened in the two months since my last update here on ISO. I have a lot to catch you up on! The fall has been a bit of a whirlwind so far and may continue to be for the next several months with several trips on the books plus local explorations.


Destinations Visited

Local adventures in Florence, Italy

Siena, Italy

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Highlights & Fails

  • October started out with our bathroom ceiling caving in! We’d had a crack for ages but when our landlord came to check fit it, the second he touched it the whole ceiling along the fault line caved in. Luckily no one was injured and our awesome landlord was able to get things fixed relatively quickly.

  • My cousins came for a visit as part of their honeymoon trip around Europe. It was wonderful to spend a day wandering the city and showing them some of our favorite (free) spots!

  • The week after my cousins left, my mother-in-law visited and we enjoyed a great aperitivo at Bottega di Pasticceria.

  • Sometimes because of In Search Of, I get invited to review cool things like my recent collaboration with the Roman Guy. J and I enjoyed a fabulous tour of the Uffizi Gallery, which we hadn’t yet visited and was a huge treat.

  • The day after our Roman Guy tour, J and I indulged in a fancy brunch at Caffe dell’Oro courtesy of a teacher gift he received last year. It was a super pampering experience and the food was amazing! I’ll have a review up soon in case you’re looking for an ultra indulgent place to have a Sunday brunch.

  • We just returned from a long weekend in Siena, Italy. Though the weather was pretty rainy, the city had such undeniable charm, and I loved the neighborhood we stayed in (the Tower neighborhood). The Duomo di Siena is also the most beautiful church that I’ve ever seen. The cookies in Siena are also too good!

  • I voted via absentee ballot—I hope other expats did too!


Recent Posts

Seasonal Food in Italy: What To Try And Where In Florence—One of the highlights in Florence is it local, seasonal specialties and vegetables. I wanted to shed light on as many as I could think of for anyone visiting no matter the season.

The Roman Guy Uffizi Tour—As I mentioned above, this tour was awesome! I really enjoyed having a guided tour to the most notable artworks in the Uffizi.

Where To Eat In Mystic, Stonington, Groton, New London, & Noank, CT—This massive roundup shared my favorite restaurants from the southern Connecticut shoreline to help you plan your meals out.



Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more about Siena—to help you plan your trip—and some overdue expat updates. How was your month? Do you have any upcoming travel plans?