Sunday, June 28, 2009
My house was relatively clean yesterday morning, but when Trey got home around 12 noon, this is what he found. You see the problem is that I desperately desire to be super organized, like Martha Stewart organized. Which is ridiculous without a full staff and no kids (at least I think it is.) So I start one project, which leads me to see another drawer that needs to be cleaned out and then when I'm putting something in the closet, oh it is just so messy and then I take something upstairs to the bathroom, and oh that tub is dirty, so I go to the kitchen to get some tub cleaner and start a load of laundry while I am down there and then I get the clean clothes out to start folding them, but then I need to make my bed.... and on and on, so it takes me about 3 days to clean my house, but then its super clean and organized for about 2 days until I start the process all over again. Sigh, I'm not sure if I'll ever change... Better go, baby on the stairs
1. (Personal Preference) Stay at hotels that are centrally located so you can just walk most places you want to go. I think it's worth the extra money to avoid public transportation.
2. A hotel with an English speaking "concierge" or something like that would be extremely helpful.
3. Hotel with a light breakfast or at least coffee, also a big plus.
4. Bring a print out of the train schedule on your travel days so you'll know departure times and prices. Not all trains are the same price, they actually vary greatly. Of course if you have internet access, this would not be necessary I guess.
5. Don't buy train tickets ahead of time, just buy them at the self serve kiosk when you get there (to avoid a service charge). And don't forget to reserve seats. We somehow didn't reserve seats on one train and had to change seats 3 times during the trip and ended up not sitting anywhere near eachother. Also, don't forget to VALIDATE them in the little yellow machines, you'll pay a hefty fine if you don't.
6. Bring a moneybelt and get cash from a Bancomat/ATM rather than Currency exchange places. Better yet, get some from your bank before you go, the exchange rate is better surprisingly (for us at least it would've been) and the service fees aren't as much.
7. Don't try to do too much in one day.
8. Bring good comfy shoes, don't worry about what they look like as long as they're comfortable.
9. Pack your things in a backpack if at all possible. Rolling suitcases are a pain in the you know what when you're getting on and off trains, going up/down steps, riding teeny tiny elevators...
10. Keep valuables on your body at all times (camera, money...) Don't bring any nice jewelry either.
11. Don't carry a purse on your shoulder. Use a backpack and just put it in front of you in crowded places.
12. Definitely do a bike tour in Tuscany, it is GORGEOUS!
13. Piazza Michelangelo (Florence) in the evening/sunset is a definite must.
14. Buy your drinks/water from a supermarket away from touristy places. You'll pay ten times less for it.
15. Bring a converter plug for European outlets, extra memory cards for camera, and battery charger for camera. Keep the memory cards in your money belt.
16. Take a tour at the Vatican Museum. You won't regret it!
17. Don't eat much at touristy piazzas, places on the side streets tend to be MUCH better and not ridiculously expensive.
18. Don't check out of a hotel and leave your bags unless they are securely locked up somewhere and the hotel will be responsible if anything is stolen!
Hope this helps!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
So, it took so long to upload all my Rome pics that I decided to do a slideshow of the rest. It's kind of gappy with not many pictures from Florence, but I tried to pick the best ones. You'll have to stop the music from my blog (scroll down and look for my playlist on the right.)
|Make a Smilebox slideshow|
Monday, June 22, 2009
They closed the blinds because it was "too bright."
which I did not. So they took a nap, a fake nap.
Even Selah got a little pizza to chew on. She loved it.
After dinner, Reese woke up and the babies went into the den to play=)
Selah, pulled the "I'm bigger than you and I'm mobile" card and took Reese's, well... everything.
Meanwhile, Trey was busy "studying."
Luke and Sophie took a break from playing upstairs for a photo op with their little sisters.
I had so much fun keeping them all that I've decided that I want twins next, twin boys to be precise. Truly the whole "Reese, Selah" incident was very under control (Elaine) They were precious together. I think twins would be great fun!
I have a hysterical video of all the kids that i'll post tomorrow!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Trey digging into a caprese salad.
I was all about taking pictures of the food we ate because it was all so beautiful.
Earlier that day at the Spanish Steps, super crowded and nothing too amazing about them. They are very close to Trevi Fountain which is very cool. No pics from that=(
Yet another gorgeous shot of St Peter's basilica taken from a bridge just like the one you see in the foreground. The river is the Tiber River.
The Arch of Titus, built to commemorate the capture of Jerusalem in AD70.