February 12, 2017

48 HOURS IN MALTA


I went to Malta with three beautiful 27 year old ladies.  We flew into Barcelona and was there for 24 hours, then on to Rome for 24 hours, and ended in Malta for 48 hours.  

Think 48 hours isn't a enough time to explore?  You would be amazed at what you can do in that length of time.  Check out the video above and you can see a peek into what can be done with some careful planning.

You can read all of my post about our visit to Malta HERE.

January 15, 2017

VISITING PIAZZA NAVONA & CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA MADDALENA ~ ROME


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


Here is a video of our visit to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum.  

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.