Photo by Lady Stou
I’m gonna tell you a little secret. Whenever I look at this photo I feel happy and sad at the same time. Why is that? How come a photo makes us feel on such ways we can not describe? And clearly it’s not the photo it self but what it represents, at the time it was shot, at the place, with who, and so on.
The Eiffel Tower, the global icon of France, one of the most romantic cities of Europe, Paris, fighting for the lead with Venice. You’ll find plenty of pictures of Paris in this blog in the future, all taken by me. Why? I’m simply in love with Paris. And each and one of those pictures remind me that I have being there, twice, and how difficult it is for me to get the chance to return. Just a picture can make me happy, for a moment it’s like I’m there again.
Another amazing thing I’ve discovered in my photos of Paris, is that, although I’m not a professional photographer, they are all stunning.
Tomorrow I’m going to take photos of another, very well known monument just to compare the quality of my photos. I’m wondering if it has anything to do with the state of my being at the time of shooting.
Getting back to my topic, I believe we all have an image for happiness, but can we picture it? If we could, what would that image be?
…Since my last post. I know. It’s been a hectic month, June.
To sum things up,
- I went to Paris, I had a great time.
- My man proposed in our return.
- This is my ring, bought from Swarovski store near Arc de Triomphe.
- I forgot my book on the plane, I hope someone enjoyed it.
- We work 12 hours a day now, still the only thing I hear is that they have no money to pay us. (I don’t get that)
- I’m redacorating my home by myself, interior/exterior. I’ve made plenty of things using pallets.
PS. I missed my blog and I hope I get the chance to write more often.
Image by Anirudh Koul via Flickr
I want to go to London…London…London…
I searched and I searched for the must list. You know, the list of places I should visit, the list of food I should try and the list of things I should do when I go to Rome
, especially what I should be careful of. Just like my blog there are numerous sites where you can find answers, and if you visit Rome for the first time and you are only going for a few days you should probably know how to spend them, where to go, what to see, were to eat and of course your transportation options.
My first list was: what do I wanna see list, so I made a map plan with Google’s Earth software. And here you can have the file in .kmz format.
- Villa Borghese, 10 minutes walking from metro Flaminio-Piazza de Popolo station. Worth the walk.
- Piazza de Spagna, Spagna metro station. Worth going at night since lots of people gather around the steps and sing.
- Colosseo, Colosso metro station, or maybe better go with hop on-hop off busses. It drops you there and picks you up from the very same location. Take a lot of pictures. We might not like the history very much, but the remainings of the building is an art. Roma Pass will let you bypass the line and get in without paying. I’ll write about
Roma pass later and explain as much as I can.
- Piazza del Popolo, again you can go with the same hop on-hop off bus and take a walk to via del Corso where you can buy jeans for only 20 euros, I bought two.
- Vatican city, many metro stations to go there. We all know that the line for tickets is big, so the best thing you can do is to book your tickets in advance from their site, Vatican,and go around 10:00 in the morning, so you won’t wait in the line.
- Castel Sant’ Angelo, near the Vatican and just across the Tiber river. You’ll have spactacular views from the Castel and you can drink a glass of wine on the last floor in a beautiful small cafe. About the tickets, it is not expensive but you can pre pay a roma pass and you can go for free, you just show your pass and you get in.
- Fontana di Trevi, metro station Barberini, you’ll have to walk a little, but since you are in a new city you won’t mind. You’ll see plenty of fountains in Rome, I couldn’t believe my eyes but fontana di trevi is the one you shouldn’t miss. We arrived at the fountain around 21:00 and we had ice cream from a small shop across, many flavors you’ll
have the chance to taste there. Make a wish and throw a coin in the fountain. I hope my wish comes true.
Capitolio, you can go with the hop on-hop off bus as well. That
was my favourite of all buildings in Rome. It was night, we were on the bus returning from Trastevere to our hotel, when I saw this beautiful big white building, illuminated from the lights around it. I felt so moved that I wanted to cry. I couldn’t believe everything I saw on the internet and movies or photos, I was there.
- All the above, when you visit all you wanna visit is doing exacty what you should have.
- It’s a must to go for a tiber river cruise, it cost’s like nothing and it’s sth I should have done but didn’t have the time to. Hope with Easy Jet I fly for a weekend to take that cruise.
- Take the hop on-hop off bus, it will take you everywhere, from early morning to late afternoon.
- Buy a souvenir.
- Throw a coing to fontana di trevi.
- Eat ice-cream across fontana di trevi.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a plan on where to eat, I thougth “hey, two couples, we’ll find sth in the way, let’s not plan everything“, well that didn’t turn so well. On our last night we ended up in a cheap (all the way cheap) restaurant, that I don’t remember it’s name and I don’t want to ever. It was near piazza navona and that I remember because our friends weren’t that excited to spend lots of money at an expensive restaurant there, well we walked and walked until it was too late for kitchen. Let me tell you sth, 20 euros per plate is expensive but then again, you are in f…Rome. As much as you would like to be on a budget, give your self a treat. It is your last night there. Indulge your self. Generally 10 euros per person at a restaurant is pretty good. 4 euros for sandwich, 7 euros for pizza, it’s ok. Coffee is little expensive near Colosseo but it’s Colosseo, what can you do.
- Spaghetti alla carbonara, the famous and very differnet from the Greek one (good for me I learned how to cook it)-ate it at a nice-small restaurant near Piazza de Spagna called Vitti Pizza, the most famous italian pizza with mozzarella and tomato-ate it allmost everywhere. All around Rome you’ll have the change to taste it and from anywhere it will be delightful.
- Drink Espresso/Cappuccino opposite the Colosseo, no milk or with milk it will become your favourite coffee (buy some for home).
- Sandwich traditionally with mozzarella and tomato, it’s tasty and big and it will keep you full. Cheap & chic.
As far as your transportation options, actually you won’t need options, the metro and bus line works perfect in Rome. I do recomend using them and pre pay your tickets, it worths it. Roma Pass
gives you free access to 3 museums and/or historical attractions and discounts for all your other visits. It did come handy. You have options for the days you’ll use it and what you’ll pay. You get your passes when you arrive at the airport, just ask in the information where the roma pass office is. But of course if you love a piaggio you can rent a motorbike. We didn’t even think about it since, we didn’t actually need it. Subway worked fine for us.
I hope someone finds my posts helpful, have a nice trip. Rome is beautiful.
I believe our trip has been fabulous. Suvenirs, memories and lots of photos to remember. The return wasn’t bad, but I was definitely sad for leaving so soon.
Image by Patxi64 via Flickr
Round Trip Athens
-AthensTwo persons with one luggagePrice: 193.88 euros / 248 $
Not that much ha? And I’m pretty sure I could find a lower price.A couple we know were planning a trp to France. They said they left the booking of the ticket to some friends who traveled Europe often. That meant “We want to fly with a well known airline company”. So
they paid double money than I did. People are afraid to fly with companies they hardly know, but what they don’t understand is that if it’s meant to happen it will happen. Pay attention to news of planes crashing, it realy doesn’t matter if it is Air France, Qatar Airways or Olympic Air. Before booking the tickets, seeing that huge difference between Easy Jet and other airline companies made me wander “How come EasyJet is so inexpensive?”, so I started searching on the internet, gone to their website, finding information was easy. Flying with this airline you have cons and pros and I came up with many websites giving an answer to my question for example Wikianswers.
The main cons of EasyJet is that you have to go early for check in, at least two hours ahead, they won’t wait for you and you are not given a seat, you must choose one, so the
earliest you go the better chance you have to find a good seat especially if you are not flying alone. You don’t get meals in your trip, you have to pay water etc. The aircrafts are very small, I felt like I was in a crowded bus. Plus I heard not to many good things if you want to cancel or change your flight.But lets think it this way: It’s not like you are flying from Athens to Australia, don’t eat anything on the plane. Go two hours earlier, why not, you are anxious to leave anyway. Get in, find a seat and stop complaining, you get what you pay for, the only thing that
matters is to arrive safe to your destination, easyjet provides that. Plus you don’t pay extra taxes, easyjet says 20.99 per person and means 20.99 per person with one handbag, no 20.99 plus taxes: 50.00, That’s a pro!!
I was very pleased flying with Easyjet and I would fly again, if sth on the way goes wrong, be sure that I’ll write about it.
Accomodation 3 nights Double room-bed and breakfast2 persons Price: 256 euros / 326 $
Not that much either ha? And I’m sure I could do better@I searched Booking.com (we all know booking.com), for the cheapest hotel with breakfast in Rome. Of course I took a look at the not that cheap ones too, but mainly I was interested in a hotel near the center with breakfast, since
I wouldn’t stay at the room so long, only to sleep. If you are going for more than a week you’d propably need a half board plan.
Everyhing depends on our budget and on what we are made of. Simply ask your self, if you can’t handle the idea of returning and admitting that you stayed on a 2 star hotel then you probably shouldn’t read this blog.
So I found a realy nice hotel, called Cinemusic Hotel, near to almost everything I needed and I booked with confidence. I called the hotel, I confimed my booking and everything was done and I would’t change anything. Actually I know read someone agreeing with me in my tripadvisor’s review and I kinda liked it. I deffinetely recomend this hotel and I am planning to go again when I can afford it, because I loved Rome.
Image via CrunchBase
In Novermber I started searching for tickets, hotels, places to visit while in Rome
. My first idea was a group holiday, or group tour (I don’t know how you call it), but the prices seemed so huge at the time and it wasn’t just that. I thought to myself that it can’t be so expensive.
Group holidays tour you around the city, they book you a very nice hotel, usually with breakfast and they fly you usually with comfortable yet expensive airlines. They advice you on restaurants, walks and shopping. Of course there’s the matter of safety as well, you feel safe
around others in a foreign country and not so lost.
But I wasn’t traveling alone and I didn’t really care if I went in a 5star or a 1star hotel. Thanks to my adsl line I found everything I needed on the internet and I flew with a low budget airline company named EasyJet, I’m sure you’ve heard. So instead of paying 1200 euros per couple plus meals, shopping and optional tours that are usually a must (Vatican city usually is optional so you pay extra), I payed 960 euros per couple and I did EVERYTHING. (Icluding airtickets, accomodation, meals, shopping, tranportation and museums).
There are too many websites out there to find airtickets. Many of them try to seduce you with colorful, bold, italic, 20 text sized banners advertising that you’ll get the best deal. No you are not. Firstly because there are also too many airline companies that are not shown and secondly because most of these websites charge fees. So you need to search carefully and yes you don’t have to go to an agent. It wasn’t that hard for me to find skyscanner,I just had to google ‘airtickets’ and that was that.
From all the websites, mainly greek websites with airticket booking, skyscanner was the only one that gave you the chance to find the cheapest and the most expensive ticket for your trip. You can find schedules and prices and you have that choice. The cheapest choice. So before you go on searching for an airticket, it’s a must visiting skyscanner.
I’m wondering how’s the weather like in Bahamas during November…anyone has a clue?
I’m thinking for a week in October or November, don’t know yet which month is better. Can’t afford to go on August nor July, it’s very soon to save money, since I have already planned a trip to Paris for May. I read the summer starts May and ends October so maybe October is a good choice. What concerns me most, except hurricanes of course, is the weather. From where I stand we get 30 celcius in the summer so I pretty like this kind of temperature, wouldn’t like to go and don’t swim if you know what I mean. 25 celcius is fine I guess, from what I read for October.
I’m also considering a cruise but I don’t know if I can handle more than 8 hours on the ship.
Now, this is a post that I’d love some responses…comment away…
To continue the story about the movies and their role to my life I must start with my very first trip to Rome and thank Tom Hanks in the Angels & Demons. I never thought I could actually make it but if you’re determined to do something the universe is in your side. So my relationship with EasyJet started like this: Oh my, only 192 euros for two return tickets to Rome…and so we went to our first European trip. We were on a budget but I came to realize that the most beautiful things in this world are free of charge (except maybe the air-tickets)
I give you a little bit of my Rome.
Image by archer10 (Dennis) via Flickr
It all started in 2009. I went with my boyfriend to watch a movie, Angels & Demons staring Tom Hanks. It was an amazing movie, filmed in the Vatican. The Vatican…no words to describe it. At that point I fell in love with Rome. ”I want you to take me there“, I said to him.
Before the “Angels and Demons” there was another movie that year, “The Thomas Crown Affair“, staring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. What I remember is: she walks in the porch with just a scarf tied in her hips, she looks at the view, the view was just the blue sea. Nothing luxurius, just the sea. “I want to go there, I want to go to a place were anything I see is the light blue of the sea”, I said to my boyfriend.
Yet that year we really couldn’t afford any trip, that summer we ended up camping for a week, but in 2010 I took a deep breath and a huge step.
I’m pretty sure, now that I’m writing this, if everything goes well, from May it will take me a long time to plan another trip.
- After the sunset (ladystou.wordpress.com)
- When in Rome…… – Vatican City, Italy (travelpod.com)
- Rome Sweet Rome (nettaknows.wordpress.com)
- Angels And Demons (mightypens.wordpress.com)
- Rome, Italy – Rome, Italy (travelpod.com)
Just wrote my about page, it’s pretty nice for a fisrt entry for my travel blog to share my trips and tips.
I’m a simple girl who grew up dreaming of traveling the world(like most people you probably know), but never actually had the chance to get on a plane. Correction: never could afford to get on a plane. Until she did. I’m just a secretary, who earns little, yet learned to live on a little money. I’m like the girl next door who saves money to make her dream come true. No, I don’t want to study acting, I want to travel as much as I can, learn languages and explore different cultures. Visit great places, either it is an old Cathedral, or just a beach with my caravan (which I haven’t bought yet), I want to be there.
My biggest dream is to own a home facing the sea. Although I was raised in the city and I always thought of myself as a city-girl, I have always loved the sea, like my father, it calms me. He’d always take me on road trips by the coast and so I fell in love. For the past two years I’ve been living in the mountain, yet not so far from the coast, but I’m seriously thinking of moving, even if that means living in a caravan (which I plan to buy…).
I own another personal blog, some of you may already know, but I created this to share with you photos and tips from my trips, hoping that this blog will motivate me to continue fulfilling my dream and maybe one day, I can call myself “a traveller”.