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Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome July 28th 2018

Day 34 - Sistine Chapel On Saturday, we headed for the Vatican. Our scheduled time at the Vatican Museum was 10am, so we slept in a little, ate breakfast, and walked through Rome (down side alleys, of course). From the group meeting spot to the entrance to the museum was a half-mile walk with very little shade. Therefore, we were more than happy to spend a lot of time walking slowly in the crowded, but air conditioned, Vatican Museum on our way to the Sistine Chapel. The museum’s pieces were incredibly preserved, and some of the best we have seen at any museum. It is not surprising given the influence of the Catholic Church and the fact these pieces have been in private collection for hundreds of years. There was an express path to the chapel ... read more
Neat Artwork
Map Room
Not the Sistine

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome July 27th 2018

Day 33 - Wandering Rome Three days is in Rome is quite a lot, especially when it’s really hot. To be clear, Rome is amazing, and we did our best to remain active and engaged and excited. However, we quickly settled into the same routine as Athens due to the heat. Each day, we left early from the flat, did the things we wanted to do to the point of exhaustion from heat, came back and took a multi-hour nap, then headed out to have dinner and perhaps some shopping. This pattern actually worked very well, and we recommend to anyone traveling to Rome or Athens in the heat of the summer. Each of us had many things we wanted to see in Rome. Anne wanted to see the Sistine Chapel; Tony wanted to see the ... read more
Small Street Selfie
Cool Old Bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Canary Wharf July 24th 2018

Days 30 to 32 - Rivers and Royalty Tuesday, after recovering from Kinky Boots and doing some laundry, we ventured out to explore more around London. We have heard good things about Canary Wharf, so we headed that way to eat lunch and walk around a bit. Tony and Anne are checking out different areas they might want to consider when potentially moving to London in a few years. Canary Wharf was a nice place, but was very close to too busy. There is a lot of construction going on right now (opportunity for investments, so the signs say), so we will plan to return later. The new Elizabeth Line (Cross Rail) will make this area very convenient. There are some other nice looking neighborhoods across the river as well. Instead of taking the Underground back ... read more
Gardens in London
International Wilsons
Chocolate Cake

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 22nd 2018

Days 28 and 29 - By Car, Boat, and Train After breakfast we checked out and drove over to the beach. It was another lovely morning in Scotland, meaning the sun ALMOST came out. We stopped at the amusement park from last night and rode the VR roller coaster Michelle had been eyeing before we left. Then we headed to Innoflate, a new inflatable fun house. We got a nifty pair of lime green antimicrobial socks, and tickets for a half hour of bouncing. 30 minutes was PLENTY. After the first 15 minutes of bouncing, sliding, bouncing, climbing, bouncing, running through inflated obstacles, and more bouncing were ready for a break and wondering just how long we had been in there. Tony showed off his ability to launch small children into the air as well as ... read more
Scotland East Coast
Super Green
Bouncy Bouncy

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness July 20th 2018

Days 26 and 27 - To Scotland, by Train and Car Our train to Edinburgh left a little after noon so we had time to relax in the morning, get packed up and make our way to the station. We decided to try a place claiming to have authentic mexican burritos and check out their claims. While the burritos were fine, they didn’t have quite the same flavor of home, definitely a European twist on burritos. We opted for First Class tickets of this train since it was over 3 hours and not too much more expensive. This meant we got to wait in the First Class lounge instead of the noisy, crowded, unairconditioned station, a real bonus. They also had free snacks and drinks and comfy chairs. Once on the train they fed us lunch ... read more
We had to try
Consolation Prize
First Class Lounge

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark July 17th 2018

Days 23, 24, and 25 - Rest, Recreation, and Re-dying In our original plans Tony was going to be in the office mid week so we had not made too many plans between our weekend trips. Even though Tony’s business plans changes, this lull turned out to be a good thing as we needed time to unpack and unwind, and to work on the blog. After a morning of laundry we went out in search of a gaming store so that we could pick up some things for a planned Dungeons and Dragons campaign with local friends. We walked so that we could try and maintain our average daily walking miles from our time in Greece. We did take the time to see a West End show this week. Matilda has been our favorite since seeing ... read more
Markets Close?
Sand Art

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 16th 2018

Day 22 - Below and Above Ground We were able to get our airport transfer to swing by the caves on the way to the airport so we planned to leave Athens after lunch. We filled our morning with one more set of ruins and a bit of shopping. The Temple of Hephaestus was part of an area called the Ancient Agora. This area shows evidence of habitation as early as 2000 BC. The temple was one of the most complete temples found in Athens. It makes sense that the Greek god of the forge and engineering had a pretty sturdy temple. It also helps that it was turned into a church at one point. The area below the temple was a big meeting place for locals and was where citizens could go to view decrees ... read more
Impressive Columns
The Symmetry

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka July 15th 2018

Day 21 - The Acropolis and Filopappou Hill (and points in between) Our plan was to get to the gates of the Acropolis early to avoid the worst of both the heat and the crowds. We also entered from the eastern gate, the one not used by all the tour companies. This took us past many of the sites lower on the hill such as the Theatre of Dionysus, several temples, caves that had been turned into churches, the work sites of various craftsmen, and a roman era theater that is still used today. We finally made it to the gates of the Acropolis and walked up the marble steps to the summit. We were able to see the Parthenon, the temple to Athena Nike, and many other smaller temples on the summit. The whole area ... read more
Special Seats
Expanded by romans

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi July 14th 2018

Day 20 - Delphi We decided to only take one tour outside of Athens on this trip. Delphi is one of the more important historic sites outside of Athens. We booked a tour with George’s Taxi for a full day private ride and tour to Delphi. The driver, Stratos, drove us to the sites, gave us a bit of history and tips for the locations, booked us lunch, and even let us sleep on the way back. The price was very reasonable and over all we think it was the best way to do the trip. It was about a 2 hour drive to Delphi so we started out at 7:25 AM. Stratos had a 30 min video to watch on the way that gave us a bit of background on the site. It was very ... read more
Storage for the (small) offerings
I spy a roman at Delphi

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka July 12th 2018

Days 18 and 19 - Athens Bound One of the big side trips this summer is an extended weekend trip to Athens. We spent Thursday morning packing and closing up the flat for our late afternoon flight. While London has been hot, Athens is even hotter so we were able to pack light, taking only a couple of small carry-ons for the three of us. We got into the Athens airport after 10 PM, got a ride to the house were were staying at and checked in. It was midnight local time so we headed to bed, planning to sleep in a bit before exploring the city the next day. Friday was our first full day and we started with a greek breakfast and then a walking tour to see what we could find. Athens started ... read more
Bridge Selfie

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