January 15, 2017

VISITING PIAZZA NAVONA, PANTHEON, AND TREVI FOUNTAIN - PART 1


The Piazza Navona, Pantheon, and Trevi Founter are close together and it's easy to walk from site to site.  

I added a map from Google below to give you an idea of the distance between sites.  The Spanish Steps are a little farther away but if you have time, you could walk to it while you are in the area.  We didn't have time to see it since we had to catch a plane




Since we were so short on time, we took a taxi, instead of the bus, to the Piazza Navona.  I have seen this piazza is so many movies so it was on my to-see list while we were in Rome.  It is also a great starting point  for visiting  the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain since they are just a short walk from there.

January 8, 2017

VISITING THE PIAZZA NAVONA, PANTHEON, & TREVI FOUNTAIN (VIDEO)

VIDEO OF OUR VISIT TO THE COLOSSEUM, ROMAN FORUM, AND PALATINE HILL

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 covers 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 Forum.  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.