On our second day in Roma, we went to the Colosseum and to the Roman Forum. These sites are two that you should never miss when you visit the Eternal City. It’s a packaged tour so you get to see both places when you purchase a ticket.
There’s so much history there and it’s an architectural marvel as well. It is a wonder what the human mind can do, even in the Ancient times. The Colosseum is an oval amphitheater where all those gladiator battles were held as well as many other public spectacles of the age. The Roman Forum is a place filled with the ruins of Ancient Roman structures. As it was the center of day to day life in Rome then, it is where the government buildings and markets were located.
Later that day, we also went to the Fontana di Trevi where, as they say, if you throw a coin in over your shoulder, you will return to Rome one day. The fountain itself is very beautiful with the crystal water from the aqueducts that flow through the city. Although it’s hard to get a decent picture with all the tourists around, it is definitely worth a visit. Why not throw in a Euro? It couldn’t hurt.
The next day, our third day, it was a very chill day as it was our last full day in Rome. We visited the Pantheon. It’s a former Roman temple but nowadays it is used as a church. On the day we went, before all the tourists were allowed in, there was a mass. Tombs of notable people are housed there, too like that of the artist, Raphael. In the middle of the Pantheon is the Oculus in the concert dome that is the ceiling. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. It’s basically a big circular whole in the roof but it keeps the structure standing. It’s amazing how innovative those Ancient Romans were. How did they come up with these things? The rest of the day was filled with shopping and cups of espresso.
Here are some of the snap for those days. (All pictures are SOOC.) It doesn’t do the place justice at all. It’s one of the places you have to go to – truly one for the bucket list. You have to experience that magic of the Eternal City, even once. I even want to go back someday soon.
It only goes to show that not everything will go as planned when one travels. Always, always be prepared for whatever happens. Sticking to the planned out itinerary is good but what if something comes up? Like, let’s say, the Gelato Museum you planned on visiting that day just closed for the season. Yeah, do some thorough research but also be flexible and roll with the punches.
After our jam-packed and super warm day in Venice, we decided to have a chill day back in Bologna, so, we decided to just go to the city center and see what it had to offer… our stomachs! Because that plan to visit the Gelato Museum didn’t push through, we went where we could and stuffed our faces. Fun times! Pasta, granita and, yes, gelato!
After the Paris leg of our trip, we headed to Wrocław, Poland. My older sister went to Poland for work a few months back and we decided to stop by her new home, explore, check out some spots and most importantly, rest up. That time in Paris was a bit fast paced, so we took out time to relax in Wrocław. Here are some of the snaps I took while we explored the especially pretty town. Pardon the haphazard post processing of picture, I edited all these on my mobile.
After hours and hours of being in transit, we finally arrived in Paris, France. It’s still kinda surreal that I get to say (type) that.
Paris is one of the places that I get to check off my bucket list. I can’t thank the powers that be enough for this opportunity. I can’t help but be grateful of every blessing that has been given to me, this trip was one of those wonderful blessings.
In Paris, the family and I stayed in this cozy Airbnb in the 19th arrondissement. A bit far from the center but it was within our budget. When we arrived, we took the chance to explore the vicinity and have lunch at a nearby cafe.
We ate at Le Pavillon des Merveilles – an Alice in Wonderland themed cafe. It was decked out in huuuge cards and had other cute decors all around the place. The food was very good too, especially the dessert! I remember we had these chocolate cookies – yum!
After lunch, we decided to take the train to the center of the city and explore some of the must see touristy things. What better way to see everything than by walking? So, we got our phones out, opened Google Maps and went exploring. Here are some of the places we saw on our walk – Notre Dame, Pont Neuf, and The Louvre Museum.
So, something amazing happened. I went to Europe! For three weeks! With the family! It was amazing… but more on that later.
What kind of Disney kid would I be if i pass up the chance to go to Disneyland Paris? I mean, aside from the part that my sisters’ main purpose of stopping by Paris was just that.
Here I am, sharing my excitement… and slight disappointment from my day at Disneyland Paris. Excitement because, hey! It’s Disneyland! In Paris! but disappointment because, that was it? Disneyland? In Paris?
It may be my fault that I got disappointed. I got my hopes up, expectations were high. Even after reading and researching about the park, even after finding out that it wasn’t the best of all the parks, I still expected so much. Oh, well, it was still quite an experience, though, no doubt about that. That is one more park to check off the list!
There are so many unique things to the park like Sleeping Beauty’s castle with that super cool dragon inside; some things common to some other parks but a new experience for me – like the Pirates of the Carribean ride and Peter Pan’s flight (which was super fun!). It was still very memorable and amazing. I would not take it back. I would probably not make a point to visit it but if by some miracle, I may find myself in Paris once again, I’ll be sure to go.