November 23, 2016

VISITING THE COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM, AND PALATINE HILL




A visit to the Colosseum is at the top of the list for any first time visitor to Rome. Located next to the Colosseum is the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill and your admission ticket coveres all three places.  You can go between all three places at your own pace.







The Colosseum - What To Expect When You Visit


The area around the Colosseum is quite huge and will probably be filled with people, even if you go during the middle of the week during a school day.  You will see the usual mix of visitors posing for pictures and many vendors offering group tours.  I understand that some days you will see locals dressed in Roman costumes though we didn't see any the day we were there.  Keep in mind that most of the people charge a fee to pose for these photos.

You also need to be prepared for long waits even if you have prepurchased your tickets.  We were approached by someone selling private group tours at the cost of €30 with the promise of skipping the two-hour wait in line.  We decided to join a small group of English speaking visitors and though we didn't completely skip the line, we did get in after only a short wait.  The guide we had in the colosseum was ok but nothing to brag about but we switched guides before moving on to the forum we got this wonderful Canadian lady that gave us a great tour of Palatine Hill and the Foreum.  For me, it was well worth the price difference.



November 9, 2016

SAINT PAUL'S BAY, MALTA





St. Paul was shipwrecked on an island which many scholars have identified as Malta on his voyage from Caesarea to Rome. The Maltese people believe that it was St. Paul who laid the foundations of Christianity on the island.

I did not have a chance to explore this area but I snapped a few photos as we drove by.



November 8, 2016

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!


It's never too late to follow your dreams....

At 51 years of age, I can say this is true.  I spent my married life sitting at home the first few years taking care of kids, his & mine, and the second half traveling with my husband who fished bass tournaments.  Several months out of the year we spent two weeks on the road traveling to various state while my husband fished in BASS and FLW tournaments.    
                                          


We were in southern Florida in January, by February we were in another state, and March a different state.  We traveled around Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, and Michigan just to name a few.  

November 6, 2016

GOLDEN BAY ~ MALTA


When we asked locals about the prettiest beach in Malta, Golden Bay always mentioned.  Golden Bay is located  on the north-west coast of Malta.  It is a sandy beach and tends to be more popular because it has a larger stretch of sand, is easier to access and has better facilities, including three restaurants.  

I didn't stay long at this beach but I had friends that stayed to watch the sunset and they loved this beach.  




November 1, 2016

VISITING VALLETTA, MALTA


Valletta was built by the knights of St John on a tiny peninsula.  It retains it's 16th century elegance and has been described as on of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. 


The colonnades gardens overlooking the Grand Harbor were created in the late sixteenth century as a place of recreation for the Knights of the nearby Auberge d'Italie and still form a nice shady retreat from the hustle and bustle; from the balcony it also enjoys one of the most beautiful views of Malta.




October 23, 2016

SENGLEA, MALTA

SENGLEA, MALTA

I had never heard of Senglea, Malta before my visit there last week.  We were on Airbnb looking for places to stay and we ran across this amazing apartment, in a beautiful location, and at a great price.  The apartment was beyond our expectations (you can see the apartment HERE) and the neighborhood was perfect.  

Senglea is the smallest of  the Three Cities in the Cottonera. It is situated on a peninsula protruding into the Grand Harbor, facing the charming walled city of Valletta.


SENGLEA, MALTA

SENGLEA, MALTA