Not Quite Rome : Visiting the Vatican

Though there is no real ‘border’ between Vatican City and Italy, technically it is a different country, a city state. We learned a lot during our tour of the Vatican Museums, and not just about art.  Vatican City has it’s own Euros, with the face of the Pope (sadly, they are quickly snatched up by…

Rome Part II: The Ancient Romans

We spent our final day in Rome (you can check out our adventures in gelato here!) visiting the arguably most iconic sight-the colloseum. After thoroughly enjoying our final hotel breakfast (and getting reprimanded for using the espresso machine incorrectly) we were on our way to Ancient Rome. We’d booked tickets ahead of time, and therefore…

Rome Part I: Monuments and Gelato

The Eternal City. The name really seems to fit the more you wander through the ancient streets of Rome. The ancient monuments that you can spot while walking down modern sidewalks really drive it home.  The fact that many of the roads follow ancient ones (or the route of ancient chariot races) amazed me, and…

A Day in Belem

Belem was easily my favourite place in Lisbon. You can sit by the water and sip drinks while lazily watching boats go by. You can visit gorgeous historic buildings. There’s even a type of pastry specifically named after this area. What’s not to love? The Mosteiro Jeronimos is the biggest sight in this part of…

The Repatriation Question and other March Updates

I can’t believe it’s already March. The past two months have flown by, and it’s hard to believe we’re coming up on having to make a decision about staying or going once again. The frustrating bit is that it’s not entirely up to us and spring 2016 was a long and stressful wait to find…