Pizza, gladiators and Catholicism … pretty much sums up Rome

I have been in Rome the last two and one half days.  I have decided I really like Rome and it is a fascinating city.  The biggest downfall: it is filled with tourists! You kind of feel like a sardine and some of the sights are so filled with people you cannot even get a good look, like the Spanish Steps.

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April 30, 2008. Italy. Leave a comment.

Florence, Pisa & Rome … who knew I had so much energy?

Yesterday I spent the day in Florence. Florence is a very pretty city that, in my experience, can be catagorized by three things: art, long lines, and expensive admission.  Unfortunately the long lines were very influential in my skipping one of the best art galleries. I had no interest in waiting in a queue for more than two hours to see art that I would only be semi interested in.  Another deterent was the price; Florence has the most expensive admissions of any city I have been to as even the churches have admission.  Needless to say I spent more of my time wandering around the city than in art galleries, museums or churches.

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April 28, 2008. Italy. Leave a comment.

Adventures in Traveling

I thought that the trip from Coimbra to Barcelona was bad and nothing could possibly compete.  Well, it turns out I was wrong and that apparently it is just a bad idea to travel overnight because everything that could possibly go wrong will.

Last night I took the train from Nice to Florence. At least that was the plan.  I had bought my ticket a day early so that I would be assured a spot on the train because I assumed that it was going to be packed.  Turns out I assumed right.  What I did not account for was the attendant giving me a ticket to the wrong city.

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April 27, 2008. Italy. Leave a comment.

South of France – can you say charming?

This is just a short post on the beauty that is the south of France. I traveled pretty much the whole length of the coast by train and I just have to tell you how gorgeous it is. Now, sometimes the scenery from the train was pretty drab (when the sides near the track are built up and all you can see is a big hill or wall or something) but sometimes it was outstanding. (more…)

April 25, 2008. France. Leave a comment.

Gambling and big boats

Today I went to Monaco. For those of you that know that Monaco is not a city in France but a principality and the second smallest country in Europe you get 20 Travel points. Anyway, my plans today originally were for Canyoning which was going to be so incredibly awesome I can’t even describe but those plans fell through and I didn’t find out until about 20 minutes after we were supposed to leave which totally threw off all my plans for the day and made me fairly bitter. But, I was able to catch a bus to Monaco, not the one I was supposed to catch, but a bus nonetheless.

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April 25, 2008. Monaco. 1 comment.

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