That time in Kyoto…

… When I dressed up in a kimono and walked around for a couple of hours. Loved the experience, so many layers! The socks weren’t the most comfortable and the shoes were a little difficult, but I’d do it again! I’m really looking forward to visiting Japan again in the future. I can’t believe it’s been about a year and a half already! 


Cologne, Germany

Had the opportunity to visit Germany for a business trip and trade show.  During some free time, we spent the afternoon in Cologne. We visited the Cologne Cathedral and climbed to the top to have view of the city. They have a tower similar to our CN Tower! We also stopped by a love lock bridge, and had the opportunity to see how many people used our padlocks – I even found a set from our German team.

Vatican City

With limited time in Italy, my coworker and I hadn’t planned on visiting Vatican City – if it was in the itinerary, we would have booked a tour into the crypts. Unfortunately tours like that couldn’t be booked on a whim, so  we booked a regular tour with headsets. 

I remember this day clearly. We got up, took our time , grabbed breakfast and figured we’d walk to the city. Little did we know that it was not as easy as we expected. From where we were staying, there was a wall. We needed to go through a parking garage to get in the city. We had no clue how to navigate there.  We were frustrated because we had tour headsets booked for 12pm and time was getting close. Luckily, we met a really nice nun and she led us to the city. 

Relieved that we made it in time, we picked up our headsets and started our tour. We went through the museums and learned a lot.  We witnessed the Sistene Chapel – it was incredible (no photos allowed, unfortunately). The artwork commissioned in these places… I can’t even describe – the detail, it was beautiful. We went to St Peter’s Basilica, walking through the main floor, up to the top of the dome (inside the church) and even further up to walk the outside perimeter of the dome. From the top, was had a breathtaking view of St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City and Rome. If you visit Vatican City, climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, it’s worth it. All in all, it was a great day and I’m happy we added in the Vatican City trip into our schedule.

Rome – Last One

Rome was a mini vacation following a business trip to Germany.  I didn’t realize that spending 3 days in this historic city would have such an impact on me.  I always had an interest in Rome – I studied art history when I was younger and there were many places I wanted to see.  But Rome was not at the top of my list.  However, as I walked through the city, discovering art and architecture from my studies, I fell in love with it all. A few highlights include the Pantheon (I love the dome, I sketched it in a high school art class!), the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain (which was unfortunately under renovation..) and the Piazza Navona. If you have the opportunity, I recommend visiting.