Italy: Apulia (with gluten-free tips)

Our trip to Apulia was lovely but it’s also good to be back home. My husband has work to do, I could see the boys were already tired after the traveling and we all missed our routines. I can’t wait to do my usual, everyday things at home. I want to cook my own food, write my blogs and just spend a few hours alone in peace and quiet. Some practical notes. First of all, I had only hand luggages for myself (the others shared a bigger suitcase) but had still packed way too much. I was mainly wearing my…

Italy: Naples

Our long weekend in Naples is over and we are heading to Apulia this morning. Just a few days and I’m already in love with the city. I’m quite easy this way. If there’s a volcano and the place is a bit shabby I probably like it. Naples is very much like Catania that way and I like the both places. I generally enjoy Italy and the southern part is a great place to find gluten-free food (pizza, pasta, even pastries) which makes it an easy destination for my family. Unfortunately The Mount Vesuvius area was closed due to fires…

Packing for family holidays

I would love to have a beautiful, stylish wardrobe where every item has personality and is carefully considered and preferably handmade or second hand. Unfortunately I’m not patient enough for that. I’m not willing to use the time or make an effort and usually choose an easy option: basics. Most of my clothes are very basic. Jeans, basic shirts, maybe a black dress. All my t-shirts had little holes in them and I needed something for summer so I added a few pieces to my small wardrobe. I was looking for white trousers and found a pair of white stretch…

Paris love

There’s been an unintentional break in my blogging, sorry about that. I was busy accomplishing things at home and did three lovely trips to Paris. Now I’m in such a good mood after all that, my heart feels light and happy. My original thought was to keep this blog focused on traveling but the truth is I don’t have time to update it during my trips, it’s easier to do it afterwards. My library project is almost finished and having my books near me all the time is an absolute joy! This was one of the best ideas ever. I…

Music Venues Worth Visiting

Concerts are about artists. No matter how impersonal the venue if the artist is good the night will be good. Sometimes the venue itself is so beautiful, historical or other way unique it adds something extra to the experience. I prefer small and medium size venues. It’s possible to see and hear even small, subtle details and the interaction between the artist and the audience is easy and effortless. Big events can still be must-see. There’s generous space for show elements and big crowds can create truly special moments everyone is talking about years to come and being able to witness…

Gluten-Free Eating & Traveling

A celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where eating gluten (a protein in wheat, rye and barley) leads to an immune response and damages the small intestine. The only effective treatment is a gluten-free diet for life. Regular bread, pizza, pasta and for example beer (made of barley) are obvious foods to avoid but sometimes there’s hidden gluten in unexpected ingredients and meals. My celiac disease was diagnosed more than twenty years ago. The condition is hereditary so it wasn’t a total surprise two of my sons got the diagnosis as well. Following the diet can sound like a problem but in…

Concert Traveling

Traveling to see concerts is my biggest passion, I spend most of my time traveling, planning new gig trips or documenting past shows and festivals. Nothing compares to the energy of live music, experiencing the atmosphere with like-minded people and the feeling of belonging coming from that. After eight years of traveling I meet people I know or at least feel I know at every concert. It’s our world, we all have something in common. There are several ways to plan traveling around music. A lot of people focus on events and festivals in certain areas. Distances in Europe are…

Travel Cosmetics

I travel with hand luggage only so I want my travel cosmetics to fit in a one liter plastic bag. However, I also like to maintain my simple cosmetic rituals during my trips; the idea is to integrate traveling into my everyday life and not to skip routines. My selection contains only essentials, below what I usually carry with me. Toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm. No need to explain this. Deodorant and a fragrance. I will explain this a little bit. Some people smell naturally good. I’m not one of them. No matter how often I plan to shower I always carry a…

Light & Easy

My travel wardrobe is based on my everyday minimalistic wardrobe. I have only a few essential pieces and love it how easy that makes my life. I used to have a bigger wardrobe but needed only a small portion of it so it made sense to declutter the unnecessary clothes. There are several systems for building a minimalist wardrobe (10 item wardrobe challenge, project 333) but as a lazy person I can’t bother counting my clothes and developed my own. I call it the pile system. I analyzed my everyday outfit and noticed I almost always wear a kind of…