In Italy, Christmas continues until 6 January which is a national holiday celebrated as the Feast of Epiphany across the country. It marks the end of the Christmas season and celebrated with the birth of baby Jesus to the Magi (known as the three wise men). However, since the fourth century the birth of Jesus was moved to 25 December as we know it today. Continue reading “La Bafana Giorno”
It was crazy, dirty and busy; but I loved it. Every time I arrive in Roma I feel excited at the new opportunities and adventures that await. Yet I’ve heard people describe Roma as a dirty, crowded city. In a way I understand that perspective. Yes, the traffic is certainly crazy and Italian drivers are not most patient people on the road. Continue reading “Roma For Eternity”
As a first time traveller, you want to see as much as you can within such a short space of time.. And hopefully keep the costs to a minimum. I remember when I first started travelling, there were so many things I wanted to do but it was also expensive to do so. Over the years, trip by trip, I have learned how to maximise my resources to get the most out of each city. Continue reading “How to See Rome for Free”
There is no question about it. Rome is hot. Especially during summer. Rome also happens to be popular, busy and crowded as visitors from around the world descend on the Eternal City. So how does one try and keep cool when the heat rises?
Continue reading “Escape the Heat in Rome”
Today is Valentine’s Day. A day when everyone declares their love for each other. However, they may not be thrilled to hear the origins of this day are not so romantic. February 14 was created in order to celebrate the life of St Valentine of Rome who was beheaded because of his controversial beliefs. Continue reading “The Dark Side of Valentine”
From the first time I visited Italy last decade, I fell in love with the country. The people, language, food, history and culture were etched into my mind forever. So it is little surprise I will head back there later this year. Continue reading “Busking in Rome”
I will always love this photo I took of the Pantheon in central Rome. During the day the piazza is hot and crowded. But when the sun goes down the city vibe makes Rome even more magical. Continue reading “Photo of the Month: Illuminations”
Why is rail the best way to travel through Europe? Not only are the views amazing, but it is easy and convenient to do. In August I travelled Italy the whole time by train. Starting from Milan in the north, I took the train down through the stunning Cinque Terre. My rail journey ended in Rome. Continue reading “Italian Train Travel”
For 2016 I wondered what new series of posts I could introduce each month. As I was looking through my photo archives I came across some interesting and a little unusual pictures. So this idea became the basis for Photo of the Month.
This photo was taken as I was walking along the street in old Rome. I call it Levitating Man and it was just fascinating to see someone “floating” on air without the magical special effects of TV. As a traveller we see many strangely interesting things, places and even people. It is these small things that makes our trips that much more interesting.
Ideas can come from anywhere even the movies. We see a city highlighted in one of our favourite movies and feel it drawing us to explore more. This is one method I use when choosing my next destination. Movies I feel are inspirational or I can connect with the characters’ thoughts and ambitions. Continue reading “Movie Inspired Travel”