Rome

I was super excited to visit this history rich city, I have always had a fascination with Rome so as you can imagine was eager to explore. Our time here started off with a walking tour, visiting some awesome spots around the city, such as the Trevi Fountain. Of course, our tour was completed by getting gelato, which was much-needed since it was so hot. Being able to walk around Rome really was an experience I won’t forget.

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The next day, we had planned to visit the Basilica, now here’s a little but very useful tip when thinking of visiting here…Get up early!!! If I remember correctly, we got there before 9am and had no problem with waiting in lines for ages. However make sure you cover up, a few girls I was with had their knees and shoulders showing so I had to run into the shop and pick out some scarfs for them to use, I didn’t think they’d be so strict on this, but they are so just be respectful and wear long but light clothing.

Then we had to trek to the top, we opted to get the lift half way up and then continue by stairs, since I’m slightly claustrophobic, it wasn’t ideal as the stairwells are very narrow and cramped and the thought of not being able to get out easily was terrifying to me, however I couldn’t turn around so pushed through and it was worth it once we reached the top.

When we were done at the top, we started our way back down, we then looked around inside the Basilica and it was breathtaking, the enormity of the structure and all the artwork and intricate details that are inside are amazing, photos just don’t do it justice, you really need to go there in order to experience it. After the morning at the Basilica, the sun was at its highest point and oh man was it hot, we decided to head back to the hostel to have a shower and quick chill out before making our way to the Colosseum!!!

To say I was excited about this was an understatement, I have always wanted to visit it since I was in primary school and we were learning about its history. We had a guided tour around the surrounding grounds, which are now ruins but it was cool to learn about what they were used for back in their glory days. However the anticipation was building up as our guide got closer and closer to the Colosseum! I can’t even put into words how brilliant it is to be able to visit it and be able to walk around such a historic site.

That evening we had drinks in the hostel bar, it was a nice way to spend the evening especially since some of the people on our trip were set to depart the next day. The next day was another early start as we were due to have a tour of Vatican city. I was very intrigued to tour around the Vatican since its history and what it is gripped me, the tour itself was disappointing, it wasn’t very interesting but I’m glad I did it since we were able to walk through and learn some more history of the place.

Rome was beautiful, I do have some tips though, don’t visit in the height of summer, it gets very hot and it’s not nice having to walk around all day feeling all sweaty and disgusting, I would 100% go back here but in the spring time! Also beware of the beggars asking for change, some aren’t as genuine as they seem.

So that concludes my time in Rome, next time the travel series will continue with one of my favourite cities; Florence!

For now, I hope you’ve had a brilliant weekend and this Β next week is a great one!

Aimee πŸ™‚

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I Joined A Gym

So I’m currently sitting in my bed, gearing myself up to put on my gym gear and head to the gym for an early morning workout.

I have dabbled in joining a gym in the past with my friend and it didn’t work out since we both didn’t want to go alone so if one had plans then it was a write off. 

However this time around I have joined up with my family, my dad is a fitness freak and spends hours there working out, my mum likes to go for half and hour or so and prefers the classes they offer. Whilst my sister can do an hour and really pushes herself. I however have no idea where I’m going to fit into this new ‘gym lifestyle’ I have found myself getting into.

Sometimes I question why? Why am I doing this? But I want to do it for me, I want to feel better within myself, I want to have more energy and be able to run further without feeling like I’m going to pass out. Since I’m currently looking for a job, my days can be pretty boring and uninspiring so I hope that by having something to do such as using the gym, joining a class or jumping into the pool, I get some energy and inspiration back.

I hope you enjoyed reading this honest post, I like writing ones like these that have no plan  ut are just from the heart/mind.

Enjoy the weekend, another travel post will be up soon! 

Aimee πŸ™‚ 

Venice

Venice was the next city, we only had one day in venice, so we had to pack a lot into a short amount of time. The first thing we had booked was a glass blowing demo, seeing this was truly insane, the talent needed to shape glass the way they did was incredible, I’m sad I didn’t have a photo of this but if you ever go to Venice, you can find examples of the work everywhere. However after the glass blowing demo we were able to find some lunch, Venice is packed with restaurants serving Italian food so it didn’t take us long to sit down and enjoy some pizza!!

The next activity of the day was a gondola ride, obviously you can’t go to Venice and not go on a gondola, I must say it was a fun experience and something I hadn’t pictured myself doing ever so I’m glad I got a chance to do it.

 

A group of us then went to find some gelato, it gave us a chance to explore more of Venice as we wondered over the canals and through little passageways…not forgetting to rest our feet when we got tired.

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Our day came to an end and it was time to get a ferry back to the mainland, the sun was setting so it gave us an amazing chance to see Venice in a different light and it truly was beautiful.

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So that concludes my trip to Venice, a wonderful experience with wonderful people to share it with.

Have a great weekend guys,

Aimee πŸ™‚