About Gigi Griffis

Europe

In Pictures: My Top Five Towns in All of Europe

For most of the past five years, I’ve been exploring Europe non-stop. I’ve lived in the Swiss Alps and spent winters in Paris. I’ve based myself in Italian hill country and along the coast of Sicily. I’ve gone off the beaten track in Slovenia and Belgium. And I’ve fallen in love with this continent over and over again...
Assisi, Italy

An Insider’s Guide to Assisi, Italy

In all my many years of travelling around Italy, the tiny pink-and-white-stone hilltop town of Assisi has always had a special place in my heart. I first visited in the heart of winter and found myself wandering down the hill through brown and golden leaves, turning to look back at the imposing cathedral and town wreathed in fog before coming back up to wander its winding, narrow, perfectly Italian hill town streets.
Getting paid to travel the world

U.S. Road Trips, Italian Feasts and Swiss Vineyards: Getting Paid to Travel the World

Winding my way through Rome’s maze-like cobblestone streets, I arrived at the home of an Italian food-writer-turned-cooking-teacher for a private pasta-making lesson. We rounded off the afternoon indulging in our extravagant, carefully-prepared lunch of artichoke and tomato tagliatelle, traditional tortellini in rich broth and mint-stuffed ravioli—all accompanied by a glass of perfectly poised Chianti...
Paris on a Budge

Paris on a Budget: Savouring “The City of Light” For Less

If you’re like me, just hearing the name of “The City of Light” makes you smile, conjuring up images of long afternoons whiled away on cafe terraces, still-warm baguettes ripped apart and eaten with spreads, long walks through cobbled streets, cocktails in tiny wood-paneled bars, experimental fusion dinners in tiny up-and-coming restaurants, towering architectural marvels and bottles of perfectly balanced wines from some of the world’s best vineyards...
Foodie Experiences

Foodie Experiences in Rome: An Insider’s Guide

For me, a huge part of the allure of travel is the food—the opportunity to explore new food cultures, to try new things, to seek out the birthplace of foods I already know and love. Which is why you’ll often find me planning trips with a specific foodie goal in mind: to visit the top restaurant in the world or to seek out the best pizza in Naples (where pizza was invented), to visit Zimbabwe’s Boma restaurant for ostrich kabobs or to try rustic rosti in the Swiss Alps...
Malta

In Pictures: My Favourite Places in all of Malta

From countryside farmhouses to ancient walled cities and breath-taking coastal pathways to delicious, hidden-gem restaurants, the tiny island nation of Malta has a little of something for everyone. In fact, it’s home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites (and another pending), over 250 kilometres of coastline, and, thanks to its far southern location, one of the warmest climates in Europe...
Sicily

Breaking Free from the 9-to-5 to Explore Sicily

It was mid-December in the Mediterranean—a bright, sunny, blue-sky day, brisk and perfect for a light jacket—and I was on a quest for the best cannoli in town. Cannoli, in case you haven’t had the pleasure, are delicate, crisp pastry shells filled with lightly sweetened cream made from ricotta cheese and sometimes topped with candied cherries or pistachio bits...