In Rome At Campidoglio

 During my visit to Rome in the Spring, I visited the Campidoglio, a classical and beautiful piazza on top of the Capitoline Hill in central Rome. After climbing these stairs, on top is a symmetrical Piazza del Campidoglio built by Michelangelo in the sixteenth century which has two museums on each side: the Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo. Inside are collections from the Medieval, Renaissance art collections, Imperial Rome, the Papal Rome and also featured the history of Rome through a statue of the famous twins Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome and the she-wolf that saved them. This is one place worth visiting as it is one of the places in Rome where there was no long line up. I also learnt a travel tip which could save you time, energy and money if you mind the long line up, numerous entrance fees and long walks. Check out the photos below for my travel tip. 
Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius.
We are so small compared to these majestic Roman statues. 
Roman twins, Romulus and Remus and the she-wolf that saved them. 
A travel secret I learnt is that I was able to view the whole Roman Forum from one of the balconies inside the Capitoline Museum. It was a wonderful discovery to step out on their balcony to see this glorious view of the Roman Forum . This will save you from paying another entrance fee, time from long line up at the entrance and long walk to see this whole thing. 
There were also guides and maps on the balcony with the description of the structures in the Roman Forum. One the other end, is the Colosseo.  This is the best way to see the Roman Forum up close. 
Views of Roman domes including the St Peter's Basilica dome at the Vatican City. 

In Toronto At Fat Pasha

 This weekend, we celebrate our Canadian Thanksgiving. It's a time to give thanks and for families to gather around the dining table to share our blessings with a feast of  turkey, mashed potatoes and vegetables, finished by either a pecan or apple pie. It's a very filling event second to Christmas. For my family, this time, we visited Fat Pasha in downtown Toronto to learn more about Jewish food. This weekend, we are also travelling for the first time to Israel to tour the Holy Land at Jerusalem. At Fat Pasha, we discovered and tasted Jewish food which offered a variety of dishes from vegetarian to roast chicken, lamb shawarma, steak and lots of choices for hummus and falafel. The service in the restaurant is excellent with our waiter who is so friendly and knowledgeable about their menu and their talented bar mixologist who created wonderful drinks. Now, I have to remember the names of the food so when I get to Israel, I will be able to order them over there and know exactly what to eat. 
We ordered French Rose and lemon and ginger iced tea freshly mixed by the bar mixologist. 
This is called a Salatim with 7 mini dishes of salads which are spread on the pita bread. There is a dish of tomatoes, chopped eggplant and tahina, beetroot relish and dukkah, rapini tabuleh among others. 
We ordered their classic falafel and Shikshukit, made of hummus with lamb kofta with seared onion. 
Their falafel is the best I have ever tasted. 
The outer shell is crunchy while inside is made of chick peas with parsley. 
Fat Pasha's speciality dish is their roast cauliflower made with tahini, skhug, topped with pine nuts, pomegranate and halloumi.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In Florence At Gucci Museo

 When I was in Florence this Spring, I was delighted to visit the Gucci Museo located in the Piazza della Signoria. The museum has an exhibition area, a restaurant, bookstore and a shop which sell limited edition Gucci. Finally, Gucci opened a museum to house their vast collections and showcase their long history in fashion since it was founded in 1921 at Florence, the centre of leather making in Italy.  I managed to take some photos in the best way that I can even though it was not allowed inside.  As you can see from the photos, I truly enjoyed my visit as fashion is one of my inspirations in life.

NYC Burger And Lobster

 Luckily, both of my favourites in New York City are both located in the Flat Iron district. This is my first time to visit the area where the huge and majestic Flat Iron building is right in the middle of Broadway. A few blocks north is the Empire State Building and a few blocks south is my favourite Burger and Lobster branch right in New York City. In this restaurant, they only serve everything lobsters and hamburgers. Of course, my only order is their lobster roll where the bun is grilled in butter, salad and fries. We also drank their lemonade tea which is refreshing. This is also the same restaurant which I featured and tried in London. Try it when in New York City or London, it is a one of a kind restaurant to try their lobster roll and fresh lobster. 

New York City Night Tour

 New York City, a city that never sleeps. During our visit early June, we made sure that we joined the Grey Line Night Tour of New York City and Brooklyn. After dinner, we joined the night tour starting at Broadway, right in the heart of Times Square, to see the neon lights sparkle in the night. We were not disappointed as this area was full of people, full of life and full of neon lights. Then our double decker bus tour moved on to other areas of New York City showcasing all of its grand landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Macy's, the iron cast buildings in Soho, Rockefeller Centre, even saw Spider Man somewhere and especially in the end, the downtown skyline highlighting the One World Trade Center. Despite the latest terrorist attack in the city last weekend, New York City and its people are resilient, welcoming, brave, never intimidated and never afraid. 

NYC Lombardi's Pizza

 A trip to New York City will not be complete without trying their authentic Italian pizza from Lombardi's Pizza. This is an institution in itself as this is the first ever pizzeria in the United States, founded since 1905 in Little Italy, Manhattan. The pizzeria is still located on this original location right on Spring St in Little Italy and still family owned. It still does not have any credit card or debit machines. They only accept cash. As you can see here, the Caesar Salad with garlic, anchovies and fresh Parmesan cheese together with the pizza made with the fresh San Marzano tomato sauce and fresh buffalo mozzarella were worth the wait and the visit. 

Pamela lives in Toronto. I work in Banking in the field of Credit and Finance. The Style and Travel Journals blog has evolved into an on-line magazine blog about my experiences and inspirations on style, travel, people, lifestyle and current events. My blog features are not sponsored posts. The photographs and stories featured here are all from my own resources and experiences. [Pamela RG] (