Day Trip to Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica

This past Sunday was spent exploring the ancient ruins of Ostia Antica in Rome. The modern suburb of Ostia is only an hour and a half commute from Rome and holds a vast of ancient Roman history as it was the original seaport of Rome, located at the mouth of the Tiber River. The site is now being preserved and is a well-known tourist attraction for visitors wanting to see historical sites in the Eternal City, other then the well-known Colosseum, Pantheon, and Spanish Steps.

Our day started out by early-afternoon joining the hustle and bustle of the city of Rome on a busy Saturday. We took a few metro trips to take us to our end destination. The good thing is that we didn’t have to buy any new tickets as our monthly transport passes were enough, but our visitors in town had to purchase the 1,50€ tickets to come along.

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12 Hours in Florence

LaCasabloga - Florence - Oct 8

This past weekend we took a day trip up to Florence. We hopped on one of the numerous high speed trains that shuttle people back and forth from Rome to Florence, which is only an hour and a half ride, so not too long. I took advantage of this time to catch up on my Italian on my favorite app, Duolingo. See more ways on how I study Italian here. Although Florence is quite a beautiful city, the non-stop rain and cold weather that we encountered made it difficult to fully take in the wonderful sights the city has to offer (check out video on my YouTube channel here or by clicking on the video below).

We received a good bit of recommendations on what to do in Florence from our well-traveled friends in Rome. Since it was our first time in Florence (and first time north of Rome overall!) we wouldn’t have known what were the good spots to check out had we not received recommendations.

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Nice and France Recap

What If We Blog - Nice Beach - Aug 13

When planning out our European travels, I knew that the South of France was somewhere I definitely had to have on the top of my list of places to visit. More specifically the cities of Cannes and St. Tropez, which are two of the places I have frequently seen some of my favorite celebs gush about on their IG feeds. After doing further research on where to go in the Cote D’Azur, we realized those glamorous beaches were a bit more costly and harder to get to, so we settled on Nice.

Most people probably hadn’t heard of Nice or had any idea of where it was, until the recent unfortunate, terrorist attacks that happened on July 14, 2016. This left the whole city with a different disposition, which we even heard from locals how businesses had taken a significant hit from a drop in tourism due to what happened. Regardless, we didn’t let this change our mind and we were determined to make this experience as memorable as possible, and so we did.

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