Changes

I’m blogging from a new space, Traveling in Between.

Posting regularly for Be A Travel Bee is hard for me to do in between work and school and when I do have time to write, I’m not motivated or I’m not writing about the things I really want to write about.

It’s easier for me to use Tumblr to write for Traveling in Between and will enable me to post more frequently. The platform is best for shorter posts and this will give me more time to work on other projects where I can write in-depth about the effects of travel on a person, which is why I started blogging and writing in the first place.

Traveling in Between is the best representation of me now. I travel in between work whether I’m trying something new in my hometown or flying to another country and share photos and thoughts instantly. And when I’m not traveling, which is the majority of my year, I always find inspiration in other travel blogs, books, quotes, and films, which will be often shared on my new site.

Be a Travel Bee has been a positive learning experience for me and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read at least one post and I hope you visit Traveling in Between!

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Foodie Paradise in San Diego’s Little Italy

I go to San Diego at least once a year to visit family and friends, yet I have never written anything about this perpetually sunny town. I love the beaches, Coronado, the famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and the Gaslamp district’s restaurants and nightlife but no matter what, I always spend a weekend morning in San Diego’s Little Italy. It’s main street, India Street, is packed with restaurants, delicatessens, cafes, and gelaterias that include al fresco dining options plus the neighborhood has a lively farmer’s market every Saturday morning. I highly recommend spending a few hours on Saturday or Sunday to explore this Italian enclave and here’s just a taste of what you can eat!

Buon Appetito is one of my favorite restaurants in Little Italy. You can depend on this place for a traditional Italian dinner with great wine. Grab a patio table in front of the restaurant for great people watching. The restaurant also has a sister wine bar next door, Sogno DiVino, which is perfect for appetizers and a drink before a night out and Buon Appetito also recently opened an Italian market nearby selling true Italian specialities.

I go to Cafe Italia multiple times in just one trip to San Diego. I love their coffee and espresso gelato especially. It’s also a great place to unwind with a book in the outdoor back patio, catch up with a friend, or again, people watch! I thought Cafe Italia’s gelato was the best in the neighborhood but my brother recommends Papalecco‘s gelato.

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto is the place to get your pie in Little Italy. You will have to wait in line forĀ  a while but the pizza is worth the wait. Feel free to grab a box of pie and sit out on the chairs out front. No matter if the sun is burning hot during the day or if it’s a cool summer night, Filippi’s pies will always taste just right.

No trip to Little Italy is complete without strolling through the Little Italy Mercato, or farmer’s market, held every Saturday morning from 8am to 2pm. The neighborhood is in full swing as streets are blocked off for local vendors selling everything from fresh produce, seafood, and pastas, to baked goods, bitchin’ sauces, and made-to-order crepes, tamales, and paninis. Local musicians are always on hand for entertainment and the weather is always spectacular. It’s the best way to start the day.

Have you visited a Little Italy lately and if so, what are your recommendations?

 

 

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Capture the Colour

Christine Gilbert posted about the Capture the Colour contest put on by Travel Supermarket and I wanted to enter immediately. It’s a travel photography contest asking bloggers to post their five favorite travel photos according to the colors blue, green, yellow, white, and red. Judges will choose the best entries to win the grand prize of $3100 and the new iPad. The deadline for entries is August 29th and be sure to make your post known on Twitter and Facebook before then. Read to the end of this post to see who I nominated to join the contest and read more about the Capture the Colour contest to learn how to be eligible to win.

BLUE

My travel mates, Liz and Krissy, are doing the leg work on this paddle boat in Hyde Park in London. This photo was taken on one of our last days in the iconic city after eight months of working in London and traveling around Europe. We spent every day of those eight months together and ended up not killing each other but liking each other more – a big indicator of true friendship.

GREEN

Working in London during the week meant my weekends could be spent outside the bustling city visiting Oxford, York, Brighton, and more. This photo was taken in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace. I fell in love with this photo not only because it’s beautiful but because it made me want to be more conscious of how I take my travel photos and make sure to capture everything or anyone I encountered in their best light.

YELLOW

After a three-year hiatus from traveling internationally, I had almost forgotten just how beautiful a new city can be to explore. This was taken in Stockholm on the bridge to Skeppsholmen island. Stockholm is crazy gorgeous and easily walkable and I loved exploring all the unique islands and neighborhoods.

WHITE

Ile de Frioul is one of my best-kept travel secrets. This island off the coast of Marseille does not have any tourist attractions save for a few cafes. My friends and I spent half the day just taking a walk around the quiet and desolate island. The ambiance made the place memorable and proved to me that travel doesn’t have to be about seeing the big and flashy but enjoying the simple and unexpected.

RED

Kastellet in Copenhagen was hands-down my favorite thing to see in the city. This was taken during my first solo trip so I was able to take advantage of the fact that I could walk through the park at my own pace or even lay down and sunbathe for a while if I wanted to without any pressure to see and do everything. It didn’t hurt that the weather was sunny and warm either.

I nominate:

No Onions Extra Pickles

Candice Does the World

Suzy Guese

Traveling with Sweeney

C’est Christine

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