Venice

11 Days in Europe: Paris, Venice and Rome Sample Itinerary (and Insider Tips)

11 Days in Europe: Paris, Venice and Rome Sample Itinerary (and Insider Tips)

Updated January 2017 * You know how it is. You’ve finally saved enough to go on a 2-week trip to Europe — yay!!! You don’t want to go on one of those big bus tours where you’re herded around like cattle with 40-60 other tourists. […]

How to Tell If A Tour is Good Value or Not

How to Tell If A Tour is Good Value or Not

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 […]

Winter in Burano

Winter in Burano

* Burano, Venice in the off-season | January 2014 © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains    

You know it’s off-season in Venice when…

You know it’s off-season in Venice when…

* * Venice | January 2014 © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains     

Italy

Italy

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 […]

Deep

Deep

Deep waters, deep thoughts. The island of Burano, its vibrant colors given a romantic coating by the winter fog, was the perfect setting for a spot of contemplation. But whatever the season or weather, Burano is a great place to visit for anyone traveling to Venice. […]

Where to Stay in Venice: Hotel Il Mercante di Venezia

Where to Stay in Venice: Hotel Il Mercante di Venezia

Location was our foremost consideration when we looked for accommodations in Venice. We were only going to be there for two days, leaving very early from Venezia Santa Lucia on the second morning, so we wanted to stay in a hotel near the train station. […]

7 countries in 18 days: A sample European itinerary

7 countries in 18 days: A sample European itinerary

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 […]

You can take the tourist out of the uglies but…

You can take the tourist out of the uglies but…

A news article caught my eye today. Well, that’s not accurate. It was more like: an article in Yahoo really pissed me off today, even though I knew I shouldn’t pay too much attention to it because: It’s in Yahoo. It’s written by Fox News. […]

A Bridge in Venice, But Different

A Bridge in Venice, But Different

The underside of a bridge in Venice. * © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.