The highlight of the entire trip was definitely seeing Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Spent an hour inside just looking up the ceiling in silence. “Greatest piece of art ever created.” I think it’s safe to deem Michaelangelo GOAT. Unfortunately, no photography allowed inside the chapel…I recommend you go see it yourself!
Had a great time in Rome for the first leg of our trip. Had a nice hotel location near Bernini station and was walking distance from everywhere.
I definitely recommend getting the Rome Pass (~35 euros) for anyone visiting this city. This pass will get you unlimited access to bus and metro for 3 days, and entrance into two museums from a select list. We used the Rome Pass to get into the Colosseum and Castel Sant’Angelo.
Be sure to reserve tickets for the Vatican Museum prior to your trip so you don’t have to battle long lines, even in the mornings. Also make reservations for all the restaurants you want to eat at! The hole in the wall restaurants with authentic foods will all be booked, so make reservations way in advance!
You will be bombarded by street vendors on every corner. They will shove bright colored selfie sticks in your face. Do them and yourself a favor and just buy one. Not to use it to take selfies…but to smack anyone in your way while visiting Trevi Fountain or anywhere there is a congregation of obnoxious tourist groups.
We used Fodor’s Essential Italy travel book to plan most our trip (by “We” I mean Rosemarie). The book provides great insight into the top attractions and everything in between. If you’re planning your own trip, this book will help you schedule a packed trip.
If you are traveling without a tour guide and want to visit the attractions at your own pace I definitely recommend using TripScout! It’s an essential app for all travelers. The app provides a curated list of all the top attractions, audio tours and offline maps. TripScout also donates 10% of all revenue to charity for local causes!
I also took advantage of Rick Steve’s podcasts that provided long and insightful audio guides for the top attractions, such as Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s etc. It helped us stay engaged for the museums as he and other tour guides walked us through the history and explanations for some of the art work and architecture.
I had the pleasure of visiting the City of Angels this past weekend with my Braddock Elementary crew, Shan and Stephen. Shan has been a Kobe fan his entire life and with the Mamba retiring this season, it was time for us to pay tribute as he went head to head with the King one last time.
From D.C & ATL to LA we went. Here are some pictures we took throughout our trip.
We went to LA on Thursday without tickets to a Thursday night primetime game. We were unsure if Kobe or LeBron would play. We bought the tickets two hours before the game and prayed.
“Shan, what if he doesn’t play…?”
“Don’t worry he’ll play”
“How do you know?”
“I tweeted at him. He’ll play.” And so he did.
We are still waiting for a re-tweet from Kobe though..
Went out of our way to get In-N-Out burger for the first time. It was pretty hyped so I was excited but expectations fell short on the first bite.
Shake Shack & Five Guys > In-N-Out!
We asked our Lyft driver to take us to Griffith Park. He dropped us off telling us the Hollywood sign is only a 20 minute hike. Lies. He dropped us off on the other side of the mountain and took us 2.5 hours to hike up the mountain…hungover.
Stephen saved a little girl’s life on this treacherous hike down to the Griffith Observatory.
Stephen – “Damn.. there are NO homeless people here. WE are the homeless. Just push me into one of the Ferraris as it comes by…we can split the settlement three ways.”
Great trip out to LA. Big city with a lot of character and great weather. Won’t miss the traffic though. These were my highlights from the trip!