Michael 84


Rome By Night

Friday, 20th July, 2018

Michael84 At The Trevi Fountain In Rome At Night

Happy Friday!

I thought I would do a little flashback Friday for today, and it’s from when I was in Rome…God that was around 6 weeks ago! Who else is feeling in holiday mode? Whenever we have good weather here, it always makes you want to go on holiday, right?

I clocked up a hell of a lot of miles when I was in Rome during the day, and was pretty exhausted on a night, but I had to go out at least one night and see the city in the evening. Since I was central to both the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, those are the places I went to, and they were quite bustling in the evening.

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Rome Day 3: Villa Borghese, Trastevere, Piazzas & Shopping

Thursday, 14th June, 2018

Altare della Patria at Piazza Venezia

Since I did so much in Rome on Day 1 and on Day 2, I reserved day 3 for doing pretty much anything, a free-for-all where I would just explore the city in general, go in a couple of shops and just take in Rome.

One of the places I hadn’t been and wasn’t too bothered about going to was Villa Borghese, which is a huge landscape garden type of place. It was Sunday morning, so I thought I’d have a walk around here for a while. It’s the home to a few sculptures and statues, lots of greenery and the Borghese gallery and museum.

I went to the Piazza Del Popolo which is a huge square, then to the Piazza Venezia along with the Altare della Patria, yet another cool place. In the late afternoon I went to Trastevere, which is a more traditional and old fashioned neighbourhood of the centre of Rome, and saw the Piazza Santa Maria along with a couple of other things there.

I also went back to the Vatican for another look around and to do some shopping, this is where the Hard Rock shop is.

I did the usual tourist types of shops when it came to shopping, and even though I love fashion and Rome has endless numbers of high street and high end fashion shops, I didn’t go in any, but saw plenty.

Here’s some more photos from Day 3 in Rome.

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Rome Day 2: Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Vatican, Jewish Ghetto & More

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

Selfie At The Trevi Fountain

So we’ve seen Day 1 in Rome, and Day 2 was a lot of the same, sightseeing the major landmarks and sights. I saw the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Vatican, the Jewish Ghetto and a whole lot more. I packed in so much in day 2! I also had my first gelato, the first of many, which was so good and so needed, as the weather was pretty hot!

It all started at the Trevi Fountain, which was packed at around 9:30AM. This was really busy and quite hard to take photos. I thought it may be a little quieter in the morning, but it wasn’t. From there I went to the Pantheon, and took a couple of photos outside. I didn’t have any plans on going in, but I noticed there seemed to be no queue, and so I decided to go in. It’s quite an impressive little space, with lots of cool architecture.

Once I had been there, it was time for the big walk to The Vatican and St. Peter’s Square. It’s a place you have to go to when in Rome, so I did. I wasn’t too bothered about going inside, and just wanted to go to check it out.

After that I had a bite to eat, a drink and then headed to another one of Rome’s Piazzas to chill out, the Piazza Navona. I got myself a gelato and chilled by the fountain while I ate it.

From there it was yet more exploring. I went to the Jewish Ghetto which was worth going to see, with all of the ancient architecture. Then I explored more of the streets of Rome, and headed over the bridge to Tiber Island, something I never planned on doing.

That was the end of Day 2, and I saw a lot!

Check out all the photos below 🙂

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Rome Day 1: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Spanish Steps

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

Spanish Steps

My journey to Rome started at Newcastle at around 5:45 when I got to the airport, boarded my flight and got underway! It almost started with disaster, There were strikes on in Italy, and Easyjet and Ryanair had both cancelled flights. but thankfully the strikes started at 13:00, with my flight from Jet2 scheduled to land before that, the pilot advised us of the strikes and said they’d fly quicker to make sure they avoided them.

Once I got to Rome I decided to take the Leonardo Express to the main station which is Termini and within 30 minutes or so I was there. I then had a bit of a walk to my hotel, and since I’ve never been didn’t know my way around, so it took a little longer, but I finally found it and got checked in. I’ll write a review of the hotel separately.

My first stop was the Spanish Steps. They were close to my hotel, and on the way to the Metro station Spagna where I’d take the Metro to the Colosseum. The one thing you’ll notice which I found out is that this is a chill out place to sit, which is really cool and I loved it. I spent a lot of my time there. Another thing you’ll notice in my pictures is the number of people taking selfies 😀

Michael 84 Selfie On The Spanish Steps

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I’ve Been To Rome!

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

Michael 84 Goes To Rome!


I’ve been to Rome! Sorry for the lack of updates, but last weekend I went to Rome in a bit of a hastily planned trip. I had lots of planning to do at short notice, then went to Rome and only got back yesterday, which is why the blog has not been updated for a while.

But I am back now, and I’ll be sharing my trip on the blog over the next few days.

Rome was never a placed where I’ve always wanted to go, but I wanted to go somewhere, and now that I’ve been I can say that I loved it! It could be the best tourist place I’ve been to, and is such a cool city. I wanted to go somewhere this year, after I missed out going abroad last year for no particular reason, I always had in mind I’d go somewhere, and just went ahead and booked it.

Everything about the planning was good; The flight times, the flight days, it’s nice and hot, and I found a nice hotel. So I was all set to go, and last weekend I did. I was there for 3 days and nights, and saw pretty much everything.

As always I’ll be posting in the travel blog, and split it up into my days and nights of being there. So over the next few days I’ll be sharing my photos and letting you know what I got up to 🙂