HeartRome

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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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A foodies guide to Europe’s culinary capital: San Sebastián

San Sebastián in northern Spain (Basque country to be precise), is by no way new to foodie or travel bucket lists. I’d first really heard about this beachside city around 15 years ago when a good friend of mine travelled through that part of the country. I remember her saying it was, “really cool with lots of bars”. Back then, my palate wasn’t yet mature and my travel tastes weren’t

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A week at sea: Cruising the Mediterranean

Big cruises aren’t my thing. I wouldn’t generally choose one as my first choice for summer travel. But last year I went on one with my parents. They wanted to explore the Mediterranean and had limited time so this was the perfect way to spend a week. With MSC Cruises we cruised for 7 nights from Civitavecchia through Palermo, Cagliari, Marseille, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Genoa. I have to

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HeartRome Review: Marzapane

With its designer tones and clean wooden lines, sitting inside Rome’s Marzapane restaurants, you could be mistaken for thinking you’re dining somewhere else, perhaps in Scandinavia.  Alba Esteve Ruiz is a young Spanish chef. She trained in none other than El Celler de Can Roca, consistently named by many an illustrious guide, the best restaurant in the world. Her roman kitchen might not have been awarded accolades of the same

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10 Things Madrid Food Tours Taught Me

With my mum headed hack to Rome with me after the Christmas break, I decided to take a few days off and take her somewhere. She’d never been to Spain. I have, a few times. I’d been to Madrid almost 10 years ago but honestly, all I could remember was, meh! I think my younger self at the time was more impressed and excited by the colours, lights and boldness

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Formentera Fun & Food

I spent my ferragosto – the week in Italy, and many parts of Europe, that coincides with the religious holiday of 15 August – with my sister and dear friends in Formentera, Spain. One of the Balearic Islands, Formentera is the tranquil cousin island of party-central Ibiza. While it still packs a real punch if nightlife is your thing, it’s predominantly a haven of hippy markets and shops, quaint towns

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HeartRome hits the Beach

It’s that time of year again. HeartRome is heading to the beach! My sister is joining me from Australia in a couple of days and the end of this month signals my August holidays. To say I’m excited to see her, to be having a long earned break and to be exploring new places would be a gross understatement. My 2014 August break will go a little something like this:

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48 Hours in Barcelona

Barcelona. Just what the doctor ordered really. Truthfully, it didn’t start off well. My flight was cancelled and I had to buy a new one with another airline on the spot and do a runner from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 with just minutes to spare! But nothing was going to stop me from getting there and seeing my sister for the first time in 6 months! And so a

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TBEX Conference – Girona, Costa Brava Spain

I just got back from Spain on my first official business trip while living in Rome! I was at the TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) Conference in Girona (Costa Brava, Spain – right near Barcelona) proudly representing Rome Food Tours. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet the growing number of international travel bloggers on whom many operators in the tourism sector now rely on to help spread the word about

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