Hotel Due Torri, Rome in 2016

I settled into the hotel room at Hotel Due Torri and had gotten ready for the day exploring. I decided to begin the day by walking without a planned direction and within 5 minutes I arrived at the Pantheon. By the Pantheon I enjoyed some gelato.

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Rome

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On my first night in Rome I visited Trevi Fountain. Around Trevi Fountain was very crowded. There was a movie or commercial shooting there, however I don’t know if thats really the reason for the crowd.

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Rome

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On the second day (July 9, 2016) I went to Castel Sant’angelo.

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Later in the day I enjoyed a Merangue at Antico Forno.

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I began my third day in Rome (July 10, 2016) at Borghese Gardens.

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After visiting the Borghese I went on a Viator tour of the Coliseum.

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The Fourth day (July 11, 2016) was a trip to Pompeii and a climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius. I didn’t plan my outfit well, but still made it to the top of the Volcano after exploring Pompeii.

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The next day (July 12, 2016) started with a Viator tour of the Vatican.

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After the tour with Viator I walked around the city and found the Vittoriano.

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There was a tour with Viator that was for a dinner at a family’s villa Casa Sospisio. The tour begins as a walk to the villa from a meeting point. Once you arrive at the villa there is a tour of part of the villa. One room in the villa was a theatre. Theres a part in the theatre where they discovered a ruin that was hidden by a wall before. Once you’ve been shown around the villa there is dinner. A good part to know about is that purchasing this tour helps the family keep the villa as their home.

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The last day I had in Rome I visited the Trevi Fountain for the second time. It was much less crowded compared to the time I visited before.

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For the rest of the last day I had in Rome I visited the Capitoline Museum and Hotel de Russie for treats.

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Fun

Gingerbread Pumpkin Vanilla Granola Cupcakes

Mix 4 tablespoons of Gingerbread syrup, 3 tablespoons water, 2 cups dark brown sugar, 2 cups rolled oats, 2 cups pumpkin flax, 2 tablespoons butter and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla in a saucepan. Stir on medium heat for 3 minutes and then pour into the paper cups and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Decorated Sugar Cookies

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Pumpkin Decorating

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Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Victoria

I visited Victoria, British Columbia in April. The reason I went to Victoria this year was my Grandma and Grandpas art show. A fun coincidence is that in 2014 I was in Victoria just a month earlier from when I went this year. Down below is a collection of pictures of my holiday in Victoria besides the art show.

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

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The Butchart Gardens

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Taken at Craigdarroch Castle!

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Outside AURA restaurant + patio.

After leaving AURA restaurant + patio I took a photo with Venus.

Puerto Vallarta

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Rhythms of the Night

A boat ride to Las Caletas, a buffet dinner and then the show

The Iguana Restaurant

Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Act II Entertainment

Art Vallarta

My mom saw the classes online and signed me up for it before we arrived in Puerto Vallarta. It was nice getting to make pieces that I could take home and use. The classes were also a lot easier than I expected, probably because of the teachers.

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The Puerto Vallarta Naval Museum

Map

Whale Watching

Around Puerto Vallarta

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At the condo

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A Viator Vatican Tour

Vatican city is the smallest country in the world, it is also located in Rome. The outside of the Vatican doesn’t really seem real to me and my pictures don’t do it justice at all. If you plan on looking inside, taking a tour will fast forward you into the Vatican. You’ll be saving yourself from lost time and fainting from the heat, which I almost did a couple of times.

The area shown below is off limits to public, however it is allowed with the tour.

winding up and the lookout 

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…and outside

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Day Out Of Halifax

Day trips to different parts of Nova Scotia can easily be taken from Halifax. Two favourites of mine are Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg. Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg are just half an hour apart from each other and only about an hour away from Halifax.

Peggy’s Cove

If you go to Peggy’s Cove please do not go too close to the ocean or on the wet rocks, for you do not want to be swept away. The areas in the pictures down below are safe to go to, just watch your step.

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Out of Peggy’s Cove and into Lunenburg, a colourful oceanside town from the late 19th century.

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Altes Brauhaus

Located in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

I like to collect miniature buildings when I go places and surprisingly found one of the building that I liked to stare at outside my hotel room window.

and another hotel room view

The bed and candy

There’s my favourite flower

and out of the room

A journey downstairs…

Hotel restaurant

The breakfast at the hotel was a lot of fun, since donuts were included. There was a lot of other food to choose from and a variety of teas.

out and about

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Stephanie Fowler

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Rothenburg

Germany

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Nymphenburg 

 

On my final day in Germany I walked from my last hotel the Holiday Inn Express Munich City West to Nymphenburg. Walking over was much better than taking a taxi because of the fall colours and surprisingly warm weather. Unfortunately after a few hours at Nymphenburg I was so tired that I had to taxi back to the hotel.

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The Mystical Castle

The night before touring Neuschwanstein Castle with Viator, a staff member at Hotel an der Oper gave my mom and I some insight about the connection between Neuschwanstein Castle and Walt Disney. Neuschwanstein Castle was an influence for some of Walt Disney’s creations, such as the film Fantasia. Along with the castles connection to Disney, there is the historic yet unresolved tale of King Ludwig II “The Fairytale King.”Stories take place everywhere, but even just walking into the castle feels like walking into a storybook.

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