Vatican City is an independent walled-off city within Rome that is about 110 acres and has a population in the 800s. Itis an “ecclesiastical” state ruled by the head of the Catholic Church-The Pope. We decided to take a 3-hour tour, to skip the huge lines that form, of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica.Read more
After our first two nights in Rome where we “suspended” our vegan diet to try some traditional Italian dishes (mainly pasta and pizza) we decided that we needed to get back on track. Researching Happy Cow we found a surprisingly limited number of vegan eating options in Central Rome. After bit humming and hawing we decided on trying a restaurant called Ops! which was located about 2.7 km (1.7 miles) from our apartment.Read more
For our stay in I had organised for us to stay in a one-bedroom apartment in Rome’s trendy Monti district, which I booked through AirBnb.
Centrally located, Monti is a short walk from the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. It’s possible to walk almost anywhere from here. It was also close to several metro stations and the central train station – plus plenty of shops and good restaurants.Read more
There are some iconic things to see and do in Rome, one of which is the Colosseum. So, I explored the Internet and found some combination tours of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. So, we settled for a 3 hour guided tour – well worth doing if nothing more than to skip the lines at the entrance!Read more
Crater Lake is a must-see landmark during any trip to Southern Oregon. There are two ways many people enjoy the lake–one is to drive the 33-mile Rim Drive and stop at the many vista points overlooking the water. The other is to make the one-mile hike down a switchback trail to the water’s edge.Read more
As we plan to spend time outside this summer we should be conscious of the danger from over exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. There is a new 2019 report from Consumer Reports on the best sunscreens. The advice is cover up when possible, stay in the shade, apply sunscreen frequenty and use sunscreens with a broad spectrum and an SPF of at least 30.Read more