Author: monicadbadley

new york city, travel

The Best Finger Lakes Hiking Trails

The Finger Lakes is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the United States. From dramatic gorges to plunging waterfalls, you’ll find yourself in a hiker’s paradise when visiting the Finger Lakes region! Cascadilla Gorge Trail If you’re calling Ithaca home while visiting the Finger Lakes, do not miss the Cascadilla Gorge […]

new york city, travel

Wine Tasting in the Finger Lakes

2020 was the year Alex & I were supposed to explore France — from the beautiful vineyards of Provence, to the French-German countryside in Alsace & the city of light in Paris, but alas, Coronavirus. Social distancing & close-to-home vacations are now our new norm — until it’s safe to travel & explore a new […]

new york city

beacon & storm king art center

Since moving to New York City, Beacon has been high on our list of places to visit. After living here for 3 years, we finally made the trip up north to visit Beacon & Storm King Art Center! Beacon is a small riverfront town, just 60 miles north of New York City. From post-industrial decay, […]

europe, italy, travel

pompeii & mount vesuvius wine tasting

For years, I have dreamed of traveling to Southern Italy, & last September, my dream came true. After spending several days in Rome & the Amalfi Coast, we made Naples our home & set off to explore Pompeii! History of Pompeii On August 29, 70 A.D. Mount Vesuvius erupted, covering the city of Pompeii in […]

europe, italy, travel

naples, italy

When planning our trip to Southern Italy, we knew Rome & the Amalfi Coast were absolute musts. But after hours of planning & researching…& more planning & researching, we had two extra days with no place to stay! We didn’t have enough time to head north to Tuscany, & we didn’t want to extend our […]

travel

sentiero degli dei

Sentiero degli Dei, or Path of the Gods, is a breathtaking mountain path along the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. The name of the hike is only a slight indication of the amazing scenery & views you will encounter — from the shimmering Mediterranean to the magnificent views of Capri & Positano. Where to Start […]

food, italy, travel

eating & drinking in positano

Positano is a dream vacation destination. From the shimmering Mediterranean to the colorful streets, fashionable boutiques & lemon-scented everything, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect getaway. After a full day of exploring, beach-going, hiking, & shopping, there’s nothing better than a tasty cocktail & a delicious dinner! Before heading to Positano, I researched high […]

europe, italy, travel

the amalfi coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most picturesque places on Earth. From the shimmering Mediterranean to the colorful streets of Positano, to the idyllic beaches of Amalfi Town & the dramatic cliffside views from Ravello, you could easily spend weeks exploring & never tire of the Amalfi Coast. If you’re dreaming of an Amalfi […]

italy, travel

vatican aperitif & night tour

If you find yourself in Rome over the summer (& on a Friday night), you absolutely have to get tickets for the Vatican Aperitif & Night Tour! There is nothing like enjoying a glass of wine while listening to a concert in Fontana della Digna & exploring the Vatican Museums under the starlit sky. In […]

asia, thailand, travel

a visit to patara elephant farm

When planning our trip to Chiang Mai, visiting an elephant sanctuary was at the very top of our bucket list. Knowing how sensitive animal rights issues are in Thailand, & how many so-called “sanctuaries” do not treat elephants ethically, I scoured the internet high & low for the perfect conservation. Many people recommended Elephant Nature […]