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An Adriatic cruise on points and miles: Exploring Rome

Just in case you haven’t been following along on my points-hoarding progress, I took my parents on a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the Adriatic for two weeks using points and miles to offset almost 95% of the cost. I’m finalizing my totals as the last of my points are added up, so be the […]

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An Adriatic cruise on points and miles: Venice and the JW Marriott

Points and miles pay off! Just in case you haven’t been following along on my points-hoarding progress, I took my parents on a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the Adriatic for two weeks using points and miles to offset almost 95% of the cost. I’ll be writing up my final totals within the coming […]

Pulling into the JW Marriott's interior dock in Venice

An Adriatic cruise on points and miles: Getting there

Points and miles pay off! Just in case you haven’t been following along on my points-hoarding progress, I took my parents on a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the Adriatic for two weeks using points and miles to offset almost 95% of the cost. I’ll be writing up my final totals within the coming […]

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Italy: Three Loves and Three Lows

Three Loves: 1. The food Oh my god, the food. Italy is known for its food for good reason. It’s amazing. Never in my life have I had so many consecutively delicious meals. I had a ton of pizza there. So much I can’t even count. And almost all of it was better than any […]

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Grungy Naples and Unearthed Pompeii

Due to a nation-wide train strike, my brother and I were a day late in getting to Naples and had to cut our time there a little short. Although not planned, this was actually a blessing in disguise. Naples was my least favorite city of all of those we visited in Italy. We learned from […]

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Venice: Ti adoro

After a few days in Rome, my brother and I hopped on a train and headed north to Venice. I love the trains in Europe. Although the Italian trains were not quite as punctual and formal as the German trains, they were still a great means of getting from one city to another quickly and […]

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A day trip to Florence

After a couple of days in Rome, we decided to head north to Florence for a day trip. There was a high speed train that connected Rome to Florence in just a little over an hour. We grabbed the earliest train and made it up to Florence before nine that morning. Our first stop was […]

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Roaming Rome, Italy

After a party of an international flight and a missed connection in Amsterdam, my brother and I finally lugged our weary bodies out of the airport in Rome and into the subway. The train system was pretty easy to use in Rome, aside from the lack of elevators or escalators that would have been helpful […]

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Italy: Getting there

Introduction and Getting There Italy is one of those destinations that’s on everyone’s wishlist. It seems to have the perfect combination of history, dining, culture, and nice weather, while being easy to get to from most of Europe and the Americas. The culture and language of Italy are romantic, at least in idea, and the […]