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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

7 Tips to Visit Rome with Family

Rome was indeed not built in a day, and it certainly cannot be explored in a day too. The city is teeming with different architectural styles, and eateries and the museums vie for the visitor’s attention. There are Renaissance palazzos, ancient fountains and classical ruins. This is the perfect city to be in because of the smorgasbord of activities. Rome is certainly big, and if you are traveling there with our family and children, then you certainly need to plan your trip accordingly. First and foremost, you need to be sure that you have comfortable lodging arranged. Thankfully, there are plenty of houses for rent in Italy that are just perfect for a family.
Villa dell'Angelo, Tuscany, Italy .. image source

1. Rome can be exhausting, especially with children. Plan a well carved out itinerary that fits the moods of all and is not tiring. There is no need to cover everything in one day. You need to keep the kids engaged without overwhelming them. Take breaks in-between to rest and relax. Just hang out during the free time and enjoy gelato. You can stop for sodas or coffee in local cafes and let your children play in parks that you pass. Italian gelato is a must on your trip, and your children will keep asking for more. Stop at any of the taste-testing gelaterias.

2. Start early and after having a good breakfast, and when everyone is in a fresh mood. Always carry hats, a water bottle and umbrella as she sun can be brutal in Rome. Bring a refillable container and fill the bottles whenever you come across public drinking fountains. You will need the umbrella to shelter yourself from the sun as well as a sudden shower. Always carry some medicine for your kids in case they fall ill.

3. You have to prioritize your sites when visiting a city like Rome. Children don’t have the similar interests as adults. You can always take the Double Decker Bus Tour that offers you plenty of time with your children, and allow you to see maximum areas of interest without getting tired. It is a good idea to get some books before the trip to Italy and help your children know some common Italian words and phrases. It can be fun to try out conversations with the locals and come back with terrific memories.

4. Some of the favorite spots to explore with children are Pantheon, Vatican, Colosseum and Trevi Fountain. Explore the Palatine Hill full of dramatic archaeological ruins with your family and visit Borghese Gallery that boasts of world’s largest art collections. One can spend an entire day at the Vatican museums. Children love playing around the Trevi Fountain, which is a well-known Roman landmark. Toss coin here and be assured of another visit to Rome! Kids love running around in free Italian piazzas such as Piazza Navona and Piazza del Popolo, with gorgeous fountains. Visit the Pantheon that is very cool from within and entices a child of every age.

5. Roman ruins certainly do not list in child’s list of priorities. Make Rome memorable for every member of your family. Thankfully, Rome has plenty of interesting activities for the younger tourists. Those kids who carry interest in technology will enjoy exploring Technotown with science-based adventures. Vintage Chocolate Factory is another favorite with the children. You can catch terrific shows for children in theatres and cinemas. Piazza del Popolo and Piazzale Flaminio are well-known children’s museum.

6. If you want your kids to enjoy the trip to the fullest, why not spend a day at a water slide park. Rome boasts of plenty of aquatic amusement and leisure parks. Some popular options are Aquapiper, Hydromania, Aquafelix, Zoomarine and Rainbow MagicLand. There are roller coasters, water slides, playgrounds, swimming pools, attractions, Jacuzzis, waterfalls and a wide range of extreme plunge slides. Your children and family can have endless fun the whole day and come back with some great memories.
7. Children love pizzas and pasta and eating out sounds terrific for them. Although the food is great, and there are awesome restaurants, children love picnics. You can plan a picnic in any of these favorite spots such as Borghese Gardens, Villa Celimontana, Giardino Degli Aranci, Villa Torlonia and more. Families and romantic couples are often seen spending lazy weekends in the great outdoors. Children can be seen playing football and chasing butterflies while adults are simply lounging on a blanket. Just pack some great food and pick a grassy spot. Enjoy those fresh ready-to-eat pasta, cheeses, sausage sandwiches and take along a bottle of fine wine. Children will love bread and desserts, pizza and pasta. One can spend a lovely and relaxing afternoon with their family and enjoy some quiet time away from the city rush and chaos. A picnic in outdoors can be rejuvenating for the whole group.
One should spend at least a week in Rome with their family and plan a family-friendly itinerary. It would be easy to chalk out as to what to see when w and which days to allocate to tourist attractions. The main challenge lies in fitting everything within your trip and avoid missing out on anything because of time limitations. Rome can offer a family both an educational and adventurous trip of a life time. There is history, architecture, art, food, and culture to explore here. It is hard to escape the glory of Rome, and the wonderful, mad city keeps everyone entertained.​

Monday, September 18, 2017

Our Flight Back Home with Spirit Airline #NeverFlySpiritAgain

Note to self, never fly with Spirit Airline ever again!  Coming back home, we flew with Spirit Airlines.  Oh my gosh, that was the most uncomfortable  flight we have ever been.  The seats are too  small,  you can't recline it, and it was just a pure discomfort.


 The check out at the hotel we stayed at was 11 in the morning but our flight wasn't until 10 in the evening.  We thought of  exploring the city before we go to the airport but even with an air conditioned car, the heat was unbearable so we  decided to  go to the airport after  an hour of driving around.  At least in the airport, it was   cool and comfortable.
 
Anyway, I would like to give a shutout to those custodian people for keeping the airport clean. They were my first subject in taking photos while we were waiting.  Imagine  the long hours of our wait,  it was like forever.  I  wished I had a book with me to read.
 The kids had their  iPods so they get to play their games while waiting.
Waiting is a hard thing to do but if you can find something that you enjoy doing, the time flies.  I just busied myself taking photos of things that sparked my interests.  Most of the times, when we fly, we are always in a hurry so we don't really get to enjoy  what's surrounds the airport.  This time I had plenty of time so pardon for the many photos in this post.  I just want to  share it with you.
 
 I thought that we would get bored to death while waiting for our flight but we found things to do.  We alternated in walking around the airport.  My daughter and I teamed up and  my husband and son have also teamed up in walking around.
 There were old  stuff displayed   all around the airport so we took   some time to read them and  know about  airlines history.
This little lady had so much energy so I just captured whatever she's doing.
 This was my first time flying in the evening so I didn't know how busy the airport can be even    at the late hours.  I guess people just comes and go  in Vegas.  
 There were slot machines in the airport which I find interesting.  I guess you can only find them in Vegas lol.  Children are not allowed in the vicinity  which I find  ridiculous because when you have kids, chances are they want to run around  there.  
We were supposed to board around 10:30 but  it was past 11 p,m when we started.  I was like  in there forever.  I am so glad that we didn't have kids who  get  irritated while waiting.
Our flight coming back was straight from Vegas to Pittsburgh so it was long.  It was the most uncomfortable flight I have ever did.  Never again will I fly with Spirit Airline.  I had a body ache when we got home  due to that flight, whew.  Now I know why they offer  low fares.  I would rather  spend a little more money to fly from other airlines for comfort reason.  My husband was apprehensive in flying thru  United Air because of a bad experience  in the his previous travels  but it turned out to be the  good experience for us.  

Fidget Spinners

During the hype of fidget spinners,  my son has been wanting  one since most of his friends in school has it.  We told him that we would  get him one at the end of the  school year as a reward if his grades are excellent.  We honored  our words  by buying him one as soon as we received and saw his  grades, he was very happy.  This did not last very long though.  For some reason, he thought it would be fun to spin it in the water when they went in the swimming pool and because of the chlorine content in the pool water, the metal  rusted.  I told him that since he did not take care of it, that is it, no more fidget spinners  for him.
However, on my birthday, we went to the mall and he said he would buy a fidget spinner as a present  for me. He said, I can use it when I am stressed or feeling bored.  I told him I  don't need  any  fidget spinner but  I laughed because I thought it was a clever way for him to get another one lol.  Anyway, since he  is a very good kid, we bought it for him.  This  one still exist till today, he made sure to take care of it.  He learned his lesson so that's a great thing.  My husband even spins this  when watching TV.

Anyway, the hype has died down and I don't really see any kid playing with this anymore but I could be wrong.  I think the fact that school  does not allow any student  to have this in school, made the kids stayed away from it.  However, if you are are still into this type of  stress-relieving toy, you can  check out the link above and  order you one.  By now, it is probably cheap since the hype is gone.  I must admit, although there are  news  that spinners  caused some children to choke, this type of toy can really be entertaining.  I think parents just need to be observant when their child is playing with it and  also, they need to  pick the right one to buy.

This year, I am encouraging our  kids to do well in school because their reward would be a visit to the Philippines, God-willing.  We started a  fund for it so that when it is  time, we could use it to book our flight.  Going back to my home country is very expensive for  the four of us that's why, I have only  visited my family twice ever since I left 12 years ago.  As much as I would like to visit my Mom often, I couldn't do it because of the expense.  It's been hard but that's  the reality of life.  You can't always  get what you want.  I just hope that we could  push through our plan by next year, it would be great to see my Mom again.  I am crossing my fingers crossed.

Our #LasVegas Flight with #UnitedAirline #SinCity

Our vacation this year was pulled  together at the last minute.  We weren't going to go  to save for our   overseas travel next year but my husband thought it would be great to  have take the kids somewhere before the  school starts.  So on August 8, we went to  Las Vegas.  We had a connecting flight to Chicago.  Our flight  was early in the morning so we had to  wake up around  2 so we could drive to the airport then check in.  

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Checking in these days  are changed.  You have to print your  boarding pass  at home or else you will be charged when you print it at the  check in  counter.  You also have to check in  by yourself.  Employees are just there to assist you when you need one.  But I think it depends on the airline you are flying in.   Some still does the check in by the employees. We flew with United Airline going to Vegas and it was comfortable coming back though was a different story with Spirit Air.
While my husband was checking in, I got the chance to take some pictures of my  kids  who are very enthusiastic and excited   with this trip.  They don't mind waking up early  and got ready as quick as they can with no problem.
We ate breakfast  while waiting for our flight.   
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As the morning  is breaking in and the sunrise is peeking through, we have arrived to O'Hare  Chicago International Airport.  I was surprised that they even  gave us drink and snack  on that short  flight.  The flight attendants were very friendly and we had a good experience with the said airline.
We haven't gone on a travel  to Chicago yet so  it's  refreshing to see the aerial view of the city.
I hope that someday, we could  go on a vacation to Chicago.  I heard so many  wonderful things to do   in Chicago and it would be nice  if we can spend a vacation there.  For now, I am content that I got to see part of it.  
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O'Hare International Airport is super clean. I love their art exhibits and they even have urban garden that is located in terminal  3 but unfortunately, it was far from us so we didn't get to see it.  My kids favorite is the moving walkway.
It was very pretty when lit up.  My son went thru the  moving walkway so many times while we wait for our  connecting flight to Las Vegas lol.  O'Hare International Airport is definitely one of the most beautiful  airport I have ever been to, there is so much to see.

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