Today's travel blog is taking us to Ancient Rome. This was the last stop on our Interrail trip for 2016 and we had three days in this gorgeous city.
Rome is a place you could spend a lifetime in and not see everything so while we had three days I feel I could literally for 10 more and not get bored! It was one of my favourite cities as there is so much culture and history in Rome. This blog will go through what we managed to fit in while there.
The Colosseum & Palatine Hill
If you don't visit the Colosseum have you really been to Rome? It is a must do and I highly recommend getting the skip the queue tickets! You pay an extra few euros for these but they are so worth it as during the summer wait times could be up to 3 hours and when it's 30 degrees you really don't want to be standing in a queue.
You prepay for the skip the queue tickets and they include entry to Palatine hill. I will leave a link below for the tickets we got. :) The Colosseum itself is really impressive, a definite must see!
Palatine Hill was something we hadn't planned on doing but when it was included we headed on our merry way. It is amazing! Once at the top you get a panoramic view of Ancient Rome and you can walk through the ruins and literally spend hours here! I highly recommend it!
The Vatican Museums
Another must do is Vatican City! Again we purchased some skip the queue tickets into the Vatican Museums and again it was great to walk past crowds of people in the sweltering heat! You must cover up for the museums so no shorts/crop tops... We wore t shirts and leggings and they were fine.
The Vatican Museums are HUGE and you could easily spend an entire day going through them. They are quiet crowded so we went through the quickly enough and eventually got the the Sistine Chapel. There is only one word to describe this chapel.... WOW! I love art and Michelanglo deserves some serious credit for this stunning work of art. You could spend 3 hours in this small chapel and would still be finding new paintings and art pieces on the ceiling! It is truly amazing! You are not allowed to take any pictures once in there and have to remain silent.
Other Things to do...
Hope you enjoyed reading this. If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I'll get back to you!
Here's the link of the tickets we got here.
Until next time,
This travel blog is long overdue, Today I'm talking about all the amazing things Venice has to offer. I was there last July which meant amazing weather to explore this romantic city.
There are two 'parts' to this city.... The mainland and the actual island where all the main tourist areas are. I highly recommend staying on the island as taxi boats and transport is quiet expensive. We stayed in a rustic hotel on the island and it was perfect.
St Mark's Square
St Mark's Square is where all the action happens. This huge area in the middle of the island has museums, restaurants, shops and the amazing basilica. It was 36 degrees when we were there, the basilica is free entry but the queues are crazy so we didn't think it was worth being burnt alive queuing for hours.
Instead we went to the museum in Mark's Sq. entry for this was €19 however this included entry to Doges Palace which I will get to soon. This was a great way to beat the heat and we spent an hour strolling through the royal quarters seeing the rooms and artifacts. It was very interesting.
Doges Palace was one of my favourite places. You can explore the palace in your own time, taking in all the huge rooms with gold ceilings. It was truly spectacular. You can spend anywhere from 2-3 hours in this palace and one of the really cool experiences is walking through the Bridge of Sighs. You get to experience the last views the prisoners would see before being brought to their cells and you can see all the tourists having no idea you are inside the bridge. It is definitely a must do in my opinion.
Grab A Gondola!
Can you really say you've been to Venice if you didn't get a gondola ride? First off, it's not as romantic as you think as there are literally 100s of them at every corner of each canal. However, it is worth going on one as you see the city from a different viewpoint.
It cost €120 for a 1 hour ride. There were 6 of us so it only cost €20pp. It's nice to sit back and relax as you weave through the narrow canals avoiding other gondolas on the way. An enjoyable experience.
Things to do
In summary, here is all Venice has to offer.
Venice in my opinion is a once in a lifetime place. I loved it but once you have all the main attractions and tourist sights you have seen all Venice has. I hope you enjoyed reading and found it helpful.
Until next time,
Welcome back to another travel blog on all things Budapest related! This city was one of the most beautiful places I have visited. The weather was amazing, and there was loads to see and do! It's all listed below!!
Just to note, Hungary use different currency, Hungarian Forint which has you dealing in 1,000s, however most restaurants accept euro and we paid with card for the majority of our stay.
Things to do...
Budapest has so many things to offer for people of all ages. I decided for this blog to leave a list of the things you can do and then talk about some of my favourites!
Budapest Thermal Springs
If you only do one thing out of the vast list about do one of the Budapest Baths!
Temperatures in Budapest can soar to over 40degrees and this is a great way to beat the heat and have some fun! The Bath we went to was the Szechenyi listed above which is an outdoor one with a pool and two thermal water baths.. In the thermal baths the water is kept at an even 38degrees and although it is warm you feel cool under the blazing heat of the sun!
It is an experience you don't want to miss!
Castle hill is also a great area to locate as it has the National Library, Art Museum and glorious views of the city and Chain Bridge. You can get a tram up for €6 and I personally think it makes the experience more enjoyable. Also walk down through the Labyrinth carved into the hills edge. It's a lot of fun trying to find your way out!
Budapest is by far one of my favourite places and I cannot wait to go back next year!
I hope you found this blog post helpful and feel free to leave any questions you may have below!
Until next time,
In the second installment of my Interrail experience I'm going to talk about the finances, where I stayed and what to pack for 3 weeks travel.
Breakdown of Costs...
So probably one of the question I have been asked has been how much the trip actually cost. A little warning not to be too alarmed when I give you the figure as it included everything!
The grand total of the trip was €2,000.
Like I said I know it sounds like a lot of money, and it is; but when you breakdown the costs and the places and spending money it honestly is not that much.
For this €2,000 it included our flights, accommodation, train ticket and spending money. Like I said in my previous blog (linked here) we left all the hard work to the travel agent! Lorraine Wynne Travel Counsellor got us an unbelievable deal on flights and accommodation for €800.
I can honestly say the accommodation was top notch and the overall standard was a good 3* hotel. We stayed in apartments in Budapest and we felt very luxurious.
The Interrail ticket cost €250 (including P&P) and that was for 7 days within one month.
The rest was spending money that averaged to €30-€60 a day depending on where you were in Europe. Venice was the most expensive place while Budapest was ridiculously inexpensive! This allowance also included your tours and activities.
What to Pack...
The second most asked question I receive is 'How did you carry a bag full of clothes around?'. Well, you'd be surprised if I told you it actually was not that bad to do. We decided when we were booking we would bring rucksacks instead of suitcases.
There are two reasons for this. One, you will pack lighter as you will have to carry the bag and two: have you ever tried dragging a suitcase through a train or on cobble streets. From what we witnessed it didn't seem fun and looked like hardship. For this reason I recommended spending the few extra euros on a rucksack to save yourself the hassle that comes with a suitcase.
Although we went for three weeks we did not take the kitchen sink with us. You will be most likely showering every day, often twice a day (I hope so anyways!) so overall your relatively clean. For this reason you don't need to bring an outfit for each and every day. You won't wear half the things anyways!
I packed the following and still had too much...
That was my supplies for three weeks and like I said, I had more than enough. All the places we stayed in offered laundry services so when we got caught in a thunderstorm in Berlin we were able to use the driers in the hostel. My biggest recommendation is to pack light! You don't need them heels or that Saturday night dress. We went out in shorts and tshirts and no one looked at us funny!
I also brought a backpack for day use to store water and souvenirs etc. I recommend bringing some entertainment for the trains too. I bought two books and I was glad of them for the six hour journeys!
I hope this helped and if you have any questions don't be afraid to ask them below or on my Facebook page (Click Here).
In the next blog I start talking about things to do and tips for each place we visited so stay tuned!
Until next time,