HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Travel Europe

Why it’s so important to visit Sarajevo

Sarajevo – I will leave a piece of my heart here. Its eclectic mix of faiths and cultures can be seen and heard on every corner. While we were in town, it was especially heartwarming to see families of all faiths living in harmony as the end of Ramadan was marked (Eid Mubarak). But I felt such an overwhelming sense of sadness during my time there as I saw first-hand

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15 photos that will convince you to visit Riga

Having travelled quite extensively through southern, western and Mediterranean Europe, this summer my sister and I decided to visit some Eastern European capitals. This part of the world has a rich and fascinating history that spans various wars and political upheaval – the impact of which can be felt today. From art nouveau to Russian cuisine to contemporary Latvian dining and rooftop cocktails. Passionfruit eclairs to colourful buildings to a

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What you really should know if you call yourself a “foodie”

I don’t love the word foodie. But only because it’s used so liberally nowadays that sometimes it makes even me cringe a little. Yet for the purposes of this article, here it is and quite frankly, if you either work in the food sector, in social media or write about food it’s a term very hard not to use. Because everyone nowadays is a foodie. But what does that mean.

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The HeartRome 50 dining highlights of 2016

This was one of the hardest pieces I’ve had to put together all year. How does one wrap up a year of dining experiences when it seems that whether it’s been for work or pleasure, food has been the one constant!  From Michelin stars in Paris, Rome, Capri, San Sebastián, Modena, Bilbao and Verona to trattorias, pizzerias, cafes, street food carts, pubs and gelaterias, here are the 50 highlights of

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Arrivederci Roma 2016

It’s that time of year again.  For weeks before my annual pilgrimage home to Melbourne for Christmas and summer holidays, I always put this post on numerous to-do lists. As though it’s a burden; another thing to do before I fly out. How will I find the time to write it and select photos? What if I run out of time?  And then somehow, it just comes together.  Because just

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Noma: The night I flew to Copenhagen for dinner with strangers

Have you ever done something crazy? Like really crazy?  This is the story of an Australian girl in Rome and an English girl in Amsterdam who meet in Copenhagen to make their foodie dreams come true.  When I met Vicky Hampton – the brainchild behind the incredible foodie site Amsterdam Foodie – a few years ago, I just knew good things would happen to me.  And by good things I mean

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6 things I did in Edinburgh

I finally, finally got around to experiencing a little more of the UK than London! This year I visited parts of Devon and even Bath which I thoroughly enjoyed. This time, it was Scotland. Edinburgh really impressed me. It’s just charming at every turn. The architecture, the old and the new, the hills and imposing Edinburgh castle and the Scots. Now there’s a people who really know how to turn

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Why nobody is talking about Oslo but they should be

Oslo might not be on your ultimate must-visit city list for a European holiday, but it will be soon. This is a city that is going through dramatic urban and cultural transformation. According to some locals, by 2020 it will be a very different city. Natural resources, namely oil, are one of the country’s major cash generators will one day run out and so many planning and construction initiatives are

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Dining at the Guggenheim Museum: Bilbao’s Nerua Restaurant

I knew that I would be eating well in Basque Country. After eating our way around San Sebastián, my sister and I made our way to Bilbao to spend a culturally, foodie weekend with a friend. What I didn’t expect, was Nerua. As I always do, I was reading about some places to eat before arriving and came across it. Located in the Guggenheim, museum of contemporary art, it has

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Travel stories, tips and hacks from 10 people who travel for a living

If given the chance, travel is one of the most rewarding and inspirational things you can do in life. It is the best education one could ever dream of, teaching you about people, lifestyles, culture and history.  I often get asked about what it’s like to travel for a living. And my honest answer to that question is: when passion and work combine, beautiful things can happen. It’s amazing, hard,

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