Vatican city

Every end of year we think to ourselves:” wow, can’t believe the year flew by like that!” But when I think back to all the adventures and changes I experienced the past year, the year suddenly feels incredibly long. I spent this christmas on a short trip with some close friends. We visited Montreal, ski’d in Mt.Tremblant, and made dumplings together at a friend’s house in Ottawa. These off-days were crucial for me to recharge and start thinking about new goals for the new year. One of them is to keep nourishing this blog, of course, so I’ll take an early start with the last post of the year.

Our third day in Rome was mainly revolved around Vatican city. I booked a vatican garden tour, which offers a 2 hour tour of the vatican garden and entry to the vatican museum, all for 32euros. I deserve a pat on the back for this booking, because we saw a ridiculous line that circled around the walls of the city for admission without reservation. The garden was very quiet and secluded, since all the tourists were crowded in the museum. It wasn’t exactly flourishing with flowers, but was more focused on green landscaping and monuments. The vatican museum was flooded with tourists. We did enjoy the sistine chapel in all its glory. One can spend hours with a sore neck appreciating the history and art behind the masterpiece. That’s it for now, can’t wait for more amazing adventures in 2015!

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Vatican city

Rome – colosseum & the forum

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We came across some seriously unbelievable surprises in Rome – we bumped into two groups of friends who came from two different parts of the world! No, we didn’t plan this at all and didn’t even know the other party was in Rome. How amazing is the coincidence?!

The ancient remains in the Forum and the colosseum were magnificent. Though I think it’s the whole image of new structures and preserved structures combined that is most memorable. One of my favorite things is actually the mushroom (or umbrella) looking trees around the city. These tall and adorable beings make such an unique accessory for this busy city. I simply can’t get enough of them!

Today’s itinerary was roughly the Forum, capitoline hill, Colosseum, gelato/lunch break, Pantheon, and Piazza Novona. I have to admit that some disappointment was involved because all of the restaurants/gelaterrias we bookmarked were closed due to the Romans’ holidays. Well, I guess we learned a thing about their culture! Nonetheless, the day was bathed in golden sunlight and I think my favorite spot was Piazza Novona during sunset. It was so lively, filled with musicians performing, artists displaying their paintings, merchants selling balloons, and of course excited tourists such as ourselves. Hope you enjoy the pictures (and stay tuned for more!)

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Rome – colosseum & the forum

Rome adventures (I)

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Made it to Rome after a quick 1.5hr train-ride from Naples. Needless to say we were in awe with the amazing fusion of modern and ancient architectural wonders of this city. Rome is very walkable, and it helps that our hotel was so conveniently located near the Republica station. The first night, we took an easy stroll to the spanish steps. Well, seems like Rome is in “construction season”, as the fountain down the steps AND the Trevi fountain were under construction. Nonetheless, the view was gorgeous at the top of the stairs, especially in sunset.

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Rome adventures (I)

Nighttime – in Prague and Paris

Stumbled across this photo challenge from the Daily Post – Nighttime, and immediately thought of the wonderful nights in Prague and Paris, probably my two favourite european cities.

Nighttime means mysteries, ambiguities, reflections, contrasts, lights, and an inner calmness within a lively environment.

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Nighttime – in Prague and Paris