Lonny Magazine Explores Marrakech

The May issue of Lonny magazine was just released and I flipped as soon as I saw that it prominently featured Marrakech, Morroco — a city that’s high on my must get there someday list of places.

The issue delves into the Majorelle Garden; the souks; the exquisite carvings and architecture of the Ben Youssef Madrasa; the legendary La Maison Arabe hotel; Morroccan cuisine and Marrakech-inspired fashion. The pictures are gorgeous, go check out the issue!


Inside the Colosseum

While in Rome, I made a repeat visit to the Colosseum, aka the Flavian Amphitheatre. In its day — it was completed in 80 AD — it could seat 50,000 people.

A lot more of the Colosseum would still be standing had it not been used as a quarry for stone and bronze later in its existence, as well as suffered from violent earthquakes. It’s incredible to try to imagine what it must have looked like the day of its grand opening, isn’t it?

The arena is shorter than a football field, a little more than 270 feet at its longest section.

The arena’s floor is long gone, but without it, you can see into the areas where the animals, gladiators and other people used to run around.

[Photos by Marie Look]

Six Things in Rome

I have visited Rome once before, in 2005 — the week Pope John Paul II died and Pope Benedict was elected. But the city was crazy busy at that time, of course, so it’s been wonderful to get to come back this week and experience Rome all over again, without the excessive crowds.

I’m trying to squeeze in as much as possible by day, walking a lot and taking more photos than I can review each evening. Slowly but surely, I’ll work my way through all of it — the city and the photos. Here are just glimpses of six things I’ve seen so far this week.

[Photos by Marie Look]


Riomaggiore is one of the coziest, most charming little towns I’ve ever stepped foot in.

In July 2011, my family and I visited Florence. We took a nearly three-hour train ride from there to Riomaggiore, a village on the Italian Riviera, and one of the Cinque Terre (“five lands”). The five villages are located along a stretch of rugged coastline west of La Spezia, in the region of Liguria.

Village-hopping among the five is a popular activity with tourists, as all of them are very picturesque and easy to navigate. The homes are very close together and the roads are steep. Many residents must access their homes, gardens and private vineyards via a network of stone stairways.

[photos by Marie Look]