Have you ever watched the sun set into the sea as you munch with relish on deliciously prepared smoked aubergines, or stuffed zucchini flowers gently soaked in olive oil, or bite-sized beef dumplings and garlic yoghurt? I certainly hadn’t before having dinner at Limon Café!

Nestled among the higher reaches of a winding mountain road in Gümüşlük, a small seaside village in Turkey, Limon Café is the most unapologetically picturesque of all the culinary establishments I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. It has only outdoors seating, with gorgeous, open views of the sea and sunset, and is merrily populated with handpicked, whimsical furniture, cutlery, flowerpots, electric socket covers…

For my sister’s birthday, half of which we spent in London —we flew to Rome later in the day— we celebrated at a Lebanese restaurant, Yalla Yalla. (Thanks for the awesome rec, David!) They do amazing things with lamb, and all the desserts we ordered were pretty divine as well.

And then shortly after lunch it was a brisk trip to Heathrow and to..

ROMA

I think Italy may be the country with the highest number of men dressed in suits wearing sunglasses asking for cigarettes outside churches in the world…

This was so good! Spaghetti topped with shrimp and a lemony cream sauce:

The City of Rome police logo features the legend of Romulus and Remus:

^My sister being model-esque in a quiet, picturesque alley.

Intense sandwiches!

Floor of the Vatican museums

This was very beautiful to look at from the top, but also very difficult to walk down. Definitely aesthetics > ergonomics for the architect who oversaw this one…

This painting by Donato Creti really stood out from the rest for me (which were almost without exception religious in theme). It beautifully depicts a series of astronomical studies.

If you ever wanted to write a letter to the pope…: