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This week... Auguest 10th, 2014

By Sunday, August 10, 2014

This week I....

...got the post vacation blues after returning to Hamburg from sunny Malaga on Monday.

...did a lot of blog maintenance :
...replaced the "Places I've been" images with a funky looking list.
...linked that list to the relevant posts using image mapping! Hooray for learning snippets of html!
...fixed some things on my husbands website, like making a new slide and fixing the link to his facebook page

...we booked our ticket to the Vatican and the combined ticket for the Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine .... for a total of €68!

... I entered the Wandering Gourmand's "Beer Versus Wine – The Perfect Vanilla Ice Cream Pairing" competition. I suggested it go with the bitter, coffee and chocolate Victory at Sea by Ballast Point to recreate the flavours in an affogato.

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  1. Oh Rome....awesome city! Hope you have an amazing time. The Roma pass would not have been cheaper though? I cannot remember what I paid for it but it was a great investment, not having to worry about travel cards and getting access to 2 sites. Just asking...maybe your way is indeed cheaper. I simply cannot recall how much I paid to get into the Vatican. Have a great time!

    1. We looking into the Roma card, they now have one for two days (with one free entry) that's a little cheaper, too. But since the Vatican wasn't included, and there wasn't much more we were dying to see that we could get a discount for (besides the Appian way), it didn't come out cheaper by a few euros. It also wouldn't work with the way we've tentatively set up our plans: Arrive Friday afternoon, wander around, eat and see the fountains, etc Friday and Saturday, day trip to Lake Bracciano Sunday, Vatican Monday and then the Colosseum etc on Tuesday. We figured it would be best to do the Vatican and Colosseum on weekdays to try to avoid the crowds.

      Do you have any recommendations for things to do (and places to eat!) that aren't the super obvious tourist traps? We're planning on visiting the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary already.

  2. To eat, I found a few nice places on Via Cavour which is away from the hustle and bustle of touristy Rome, and you are guaranteed excellent quality in Trastevere as well. Very authentic Roman food, as opposed to the tourist fare around the monuments. However, I was quite happy eating Tuscan food from Terra di Siena which is on Piazza di Pasquino. The food was awesome and it was still close enough to everything (just a short walk from the Piazza Navona). Sounds like your trip will be tight but if you can manage the Galleria Borghese or at the very least, the gardens, that would be cool.

  3. I'm interested in your conversation because my daughter and I are flying to Rome in December. Love the suggestions to eat away from touristy areas!

    I also really like your weekly update idea, Claire.

  4. And what an awesome suggestion you had for the Beer Versus Wine Challenge!