We break down an $850 11-day tour of France, Switzerland, and Italy — its real costs, pros and cons — and discuss the questions you have to ask before signing up for any tour. * Yesterday, a friend asked me to take a look at a tour […]
Rome and Vatican City How to Get Tickets for the General Audience with Pope Francis General Audience with Pope Francis (8-Jan-2014) The Colosseum Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (notes) A Special Kind of Blue Europe for the Heartbroken: 7 Perfect Places for Healing from a […]
What do you do if you’ve got 18 days in Europe and want to see a little bit of everything? See a little bit of everything! 7 countries, 9 cities in 18 days. (Well, it’s actually 5 countries, 1 city-state, and 1 principality, but the […]
This actual, adorable Swiss Guard — whom I spotted when I traveled to Rome early last year — has nothing, and I mean nothing, on these fellows: * © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.
(This may or may not be based on personal experience.) -4- Rome It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. You’re in Europe! You’re on a trip you’ve always dreamed of. Perhaps you’ve already been to Paris, Amsterdam, and Munich. Or […]
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Visitors to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel exit by descending a beautiful spiral staircase. Opening Times Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Closed on: January 1, 6; February 11; March 19; April 20, 21, 27; May 1; June 29 (St. Peter and […]
In Rome, you see these letters everywhere: in manhole covers, ancient monuments, and everything in between. SPQR stands for “Senātus Populusque Rōmānus” — the Senate and People of Rome. It calls to my mind that other famous phrase: “of the people, by the people, for the people.” I […]
The thing I loved most about Rome — and I know this will sound silly — was not the Colosseum or St. Peter’s Square, not the pasta or the gelato. In Rome you can just turn a corner and practically bump into a landmark overflowing […]