How to Make the Best of an Overseas Flight with Babies

How to Make the Best of an Overseas Flight with Babies

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How to Make the Best of an Overseas Flight with Babies

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2 June 2017
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Hey there Mama!

Anxious about your upcoming long haul flight with Baby?  I can’t blame you – it can be pretty rough if it’s not done right!  But don’t worry, I’m going to hook you up with some practical information that will relieve that anxiety.

I felt exactly the same way before we flew 27 hours door to door with our 6-month-old twin babies last summer.  Luckily, I did my homework (just like you are now) and implemented extremely helpful tips from other mamas as well as experimenting with some of my own ideas.  We had a fantastic trip!

So without further ado – Here is how to make the best of an overseas flight with babies.

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1.  Plan Meticulously

You will need to plan in detail:

  • your flights
  • your transport to and from the airport (with your own car seat?)
  • which of the large items you will need to bring with you (stroller, pack ‘n’ play, car seat.)  Then decide if you’ll be checking them at the gate (stroller) or for the entire flight (pack ‘n’ play and car seat.)  How will you protect them from being damaged?  Will they cost extra?
  • what items you need to pack in your suitcases – for yourself and your baby
  • which items you need in your carry-on luggage and diaper bag – for yourself and your baby
  • be informed about what you can and cannot bring through security.  We were able to bring 3 liters of hot and cold water to mix for making formula.  We also had liquid medications on us.

I suggest making as many checklists as you need.  This way you can add things as you go and won’t forget anything.  You can download your free carry-on checklist here:

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2.  Book the Right Flights

If possible, be sure to book your flights around Baby’s normal bedtime.  An early evening flight leaving at 7 pm would be perfect.  That way she’ll be even more inclined to sleep on the plane.  

We weren’t so lucky flying from Germany to the USA.  Our flight left at 5 am and our babies did sleep until their normal getting-up time at 7 am.  But they were wide awake after that.  They also dozed for an hour or two once they got set up with bassinets on the big flight.

Flying with Babies

Remedies

3.  Book the Bassinets

I highly recommend directly calling the airline and having them book the flight for you.  If your long flight doesn’t offer bassinets, ask if you could get a plane with them if you were flexible in your travel dates.  We were in an Airbus 330 and the bassinets were in row 29 right behind the toilet area (perfect for a quick diaper change!).  The sweet woman at Lufthansa booked seats 29D for me and 29G for Thomas – and blocked the 2 seats between us so that no one could reserve them.  It was a dream!  

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We were even able to bring our car seats on board so that we had hands-free a lot of the time.  Our babies loved hanging out in their car seats and were thrilled to stretch out in their bassinets once we got up in the air.  They would doze for an hour or so and then come back to their car seat or our laps and watch movies with mommy and daddy – or just play quietly with their toys.  Having those bassinets were a total game changer!

Questions to ask while Booking on the Phone

Another advantage to booking on the telephone is that you can ask all the important questions you need to ask like: 

  • Will I be able to check my stroller at the gate?
  • Can I bring my car seat on the plane?  (Make sure it’s not too wide and that it meets the regulations.)  If not, how do I go about packing it so that it doesn’t get damaged? 
  • How many bags am I allowed to check in without paying a fee?  Usually, you can bring one for you AND one for your baby, but I would check just to make sure.
  • What liquids am I allowed to bring with me and how much?  Although the airline is not responsible for this information, they can usually give you some tips on how to easily get through security.  We had over 3 liters of water on us as well as fruit pouches and liquid medicines and had absolutely no problem getting through security.

Yes, you can and should find all of this information online, but it’s always a good idea to have it confirmed by the airline.

Clothing

4.  Be Prepared for the Worst

If you’re like me, what makes you most anxious is that there could be situations on your journey that you just can’t control.  Flight delay or cancellation, Baby starts to run a fever or vomiting, baby has a diaper blow-out, you get a nasty headache, you have to sit in different seats than the ones you booked, Baby notices your anxiety and starts to get fussy or even starts crying, Baby has gas or sudden teething problems, high-altitude crying…the list goes on and on.  All you can do is to plan for those things to happen so that you’ll be prepared (and more relaxed!)

 

  • pack extra everything – especially clothing, burp clothes, diapers, wipes, and formula (if bottle feeding.)  
  • bring a thermometer
  • pack remedies for fever, gas, and teething 
  • bring headache medicine or peppermint essential oil for yourself
  • pack extra clothing for YOURSELF in case baby liquids get on your clothing (happens at home all the time, doesn’t it?)
  • relieve ear pressure during start and descent with something for baby to suck on (bottle, breast, pacifier, etc.)

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5.  Pack Smart

My advice to you is:  keep it simple!  You don’t need to pack your suitcase full of diapers or formula when you can buy them at the drug store when you arrive at your destination.  

Forget about packing those fancy baby outfits with all the snaps and buttons.  You want to have fun and relax as much as possible.  Sweating over silly snaps, buttons, and layers is not what you need.

Pack an extra suitcase for your baby so everything has its place and stays organized.  This saves tons of time (and nerves!)

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6.  Stay Cool

This is probably the most important tip of all.  If your baby notices that you’re anxious, she will get anxious too.  Keep a positive mindset and think to yourself:  “Wow, this is so cool!  There’s nothing better than seeing the world with the person I love most.”  Your baby will also be happy to have your undivided attention for a whole day – so enjoy the time being together.

Fully ignore the dirty looks from other passengers.  Almost every single one of them would be willing to help you if you needed it.  You’ll be surprised how many of them will begin to smile at you and flirt with your baby once they realize she’s not going to scream throughout the entire flight.  

If she does start crying, stay calm and check for the usual suspects and respond accordingly.  Is your baby hungry, thirsty, wet or dirty, cold or warm, bored?  Maybe she does have ear pressure issues?  Or could it possibly just be you sending out nervous vibes making her feel uneasy?

 

I hope my advice has somewhat eased your concerns.  If you follow these tips:  

  • plan meticulously
  • book the right flights (& the bassinets!)
  • prepare for the worst
  • pack smart
  • stay cool

you and your baby are sure to have a laid-back trip.

We’ll be doing another overseas flight this Christmas.  This time with 2-year-old twin babies toddlers!  YIKES!  I’ll keep you updated about how that went.  I’ll definitely have some more tips and info to share after that one!

Bon Voyage!

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10 Of The Most Breathtaking Sights in Bavaria, Germany

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26 May 2017

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Do you want to see beautiful medieval castles, churches, and villages that are still intact?  Are you a fan of spectacular landscapes and views from the top?  Or maybe you love German food…and beer!?  Then I’ll tell you where you want to go – to Bavaria!

Bavarians are a proud folk for some darn good reasons!

  • They make the best beer in the world.
  • Bavaria has the lowest unemployment rate in Germany
  • They know how to goaßlschalz and schuhplattl.
  • The bavarian dialect sounds really cool.  I would describe it as rugged yet extremely laid back.
  • They can wear Lederhosen & Dirndls on a daily basis and not get stared at.
  • Heck! Even the cows are proud down there.  And you know why?  Because they get to graze on some of the most beautiful landscapes central Europe has to offer.

Here are a few of the most breathtaking sights, so you can see what I mean.

1.  The Bavarian Forest National Park

10 Most Magnificent Travel Destinations in Bavaria, Germany

The Bavarian forest is a low mountain range in eastern Bavaria on the border to the Czech Republic.  The region is famous for its glass blowing and you can see it being done practically everywhere.  There are tons of shops where you can buy top quality glass products at reasonable prices.  We have been known to drive all the way out there just to pick up some new wine glasses!  The beautiful village of Bodenmais is my favorite town.  They have lovely restaurants, cafés, and glass blowing shops – the perfect combination for a wonder da!

The town of Neuschonau boasts the world’s longest tree top walk which is an absolute must-see when you’re in the area.

Though it technically belongs to the bohemian forest, I personally love going up to the top of the Großer Arber (known as the “bavarian forest’s highest peak” – 1455m) with the ski lift in the summer.  Once at the top, you can buy a beer at the pub and drink it out on their deck.  If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even hike back down.  It’s the perfect place to enjoy a hike, a brew, and a view!

2.  The Berchtesgadener Alps

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This mountain range is located in the southeastern part of Bavaria.  If you look at in on the map, it looks like it kind of nestles into Austria. Besides just presenting drop-dead gorgeous views, the highlights of this region include the town of Berchtesgaden, the Königsee (a beautiful mountain lake), The Watzmann Peak (2713m), and Adolf Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.  It is a skier’s paradise as well.  But if you’re like me and like to hike, this is THE place to be!

3.  Neuschwanstein Castle

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In the main scheme of things, Neuschwanstein Castle is pretty much brandspankin‘-new (1886).  That makes it quite the disappointment for an architecture history junkie like myself. Nonetheless, I keep coming back here because I can’t get enough of those steep mountains, long green valleys, the lakes, and I just love the way the castle is dramatically set at the foot of the Alps.

Yes, this place is crawling with tourists even in winter!

If you want to visit the castles (there’s another one on the other side of the valley that has a lot more history) be sure to reserve your tickets online.

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4.  The City of Nuremberg

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Now, Nuremberg does have an old castle in its repertoire.  The Imperial Castle of Nuremberg dates back to the year 1000.  You really can’t say you’ve been to Nuremberg unless you’ve walked up to it and enjoyed the view of the city below.

This city on the Pegnitz river is mainly known for its well-preserved historical old town, the sites pertaining to the Third Reich, and its bratwurst.  The people here are, well, Franconians (never tell them they’re Bavarians – although they are!)  Franconia is a region of Bavaria.  Franconians have the reputation of being brutally honest and painfully sincere.  They have big hearts, though they’d never admit it.  Another little fact:  Franconians just love Americans!  Every Franconian can fondly tell you a story about an American soldier they used to know who was stationed here (his name was usually “Jim.”)

If you’ve never been in a medieval dungeon before, Nuremberg’s is definitely the one you want to see.  I’ve been through is several times and I see something new every time. The English-speaking tour guides are excellent at painting a picture of what it was like to be a prisoner back in the day – very gruesome stuff!

After that, be sure to go across the street to the Bratwursthäusle and get yourself a dark beer and at least 6 Nuremberger roasted bratwursts with kraut.

If you’re interested in monumental architecture and world war history, be sure to check out the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds southeast of downtown.

5.  Nymphenburg Palace in Munich

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After a long day of sightseeing in Münich (and having a beer and weißwurst at the Hofbräuhaus,) come out to visit Nymphenburg Palace for a breath of fresh air! I personally have never been inside for a tour because I so enjoy walking around the park with its water features and the flowerful splendor.

Speaking of flowerful splendor, Munich’s botanical gardens are adjacent to the palace grounds and well worth seeing.  In fact, I try to get down there every May to see their humungous rhododendrons in bloom.

6.  The City of Passau

10 Most Magnificent Travel Destinations in Bavaria, GermanyMost tourists come to Passau for one reason, and that’s to either start or end their Danube river cruise.  Being at the junction of three rivers, it really sets the scene for a spectacular trip down the river.

Passau is perfect for a short city tour.  It’s compact enough to see its entirety within a few hours while offering many places to sit and take it all in.  There’s no one thing that makes Passau special.  It’s just one of those places that “feels” good!  I love walking around its narrow lanes and taking in its baroque architecture.  You can sit at one of the street cafès in the summer and watch the river flow by, or drink a hot glühwein at the Christmas market in winter.

Though I’m an architect and am supposed to love cathedrals, I must confess that I don’t.  But Passau’s baroque cathedral is one of the few exceptions.  It’s nothing special…again, it just “feels” good!  Go inside and take a peek!

Although it’s a small town, Passau has lots of hotels to choose from.  This is due to all of the river cruise passengers spending at least one night there before boarding their ship.  An American river tourist usually isn’t shy about spending over 100$ a night for a room as part of his or her river cruise package.  But for an individual tourist like myself, 80$ a night is my absolute limit.

That said, I very much recommend the Hotel Weisser Hase.  It’s a bit dated but very clean.  The breakfast buffet has everything you could ever want and the service is very friendly.  Of course, it’s centrally located for sight-seeing and shopping.  We loved drinking the wine in the rustic Heilig-Geist-Stiftsschenke across the street.  They also serve food, but we got there too late at night – a truly wonderful place!  Next time I will be sure to have dinner there.

I have one more tip up my sleeve to make your trip to Passau even more memorable.  If you do nothing else while you’re in Passau, be sure to reserve yourself a table by the window for lunch at Das Oberhaus.  It’s nothing fancy, but the food and service are superb and reasonably priced as well.  In addition, you will be rewarded with the best view of the city.  If you still have time, or if it’s raining out, go next door to visit the Veste Oberhaus Museum.

7.  The City of Rothenburg o.d. Tauber

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber is an amazingly well preserved/reconstructed medieval town.  It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region of Franconia.  I have been here a countless number of times and still can’t get over its beauty.  If you don’t like crowds, do not come here during high season (July – August) it is crazy full of busloads of tourists!

What I love doing most in Rothenburg is walking atop the city wall.  Here you get a stroll in the shade and an excellent overview of the town.

The night watchman tour is an unforgettable way to learn about the town’s history.  Be sure to take advantage of it if you’re staying in town!

Not only is Rothenburg beautiful, but the countryside surrounding it is as well.  Rothenburg ob der Tauber lies along the Romantic Road, overlooking the Tauber river valley.  The Romantic Road stretches from the river Main all the way down to the Alps.  It’s lined with medieval villages, castles (Neuschwanstein being one of them!), rivers and beautiful landscapes.  In fact, it is one of Germany’s most popular destinations.

8.  The Walhalla

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The Walhalla is a neo-classical building (1842) dramatically set high above the Danube river valley.  It’s “a place of remembrance for German-speaking men and women of outstanding merit.”

I see this building as an architect’s Disneyland.  I have always wanted to experience a greek temple still completely intact.  And here I can do just that. The views of the Danube river are spectacular.

Be sure to visit the city of Regensburg while you’re in the area because it’s another one of Bavaria’s most beautiful medieval river cities.

9.  Weltenburg Abbey

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Here it’s all about the beer garden within the Abbey’s courtyard and its beautiful location on the Danube river Gorge.

Here’s how you have the perfect day in Kehlheim and the Weltenburg Abbey:

  1. Drive to the Port (“Hafen”) in the city of Kehlheim.
  2. Board one of the boats going through the Danube Gorge (“Donaudurchbruch”) to the Weltenburg Abbey.
  3. Enjoy the ride along one of the most beautiful pieces of the Danube River (maybe with a beer in hand? hint: you can buy beer on the boat)
  4. Get off at the Weltenburg Abbey port.  Note when the last boat goes back to Kehlheim.  Then walk along the river up to the Abbey.
  5. Dip your tootsies in the Danube river.
  6. Walk around the Abbey and check out the church – it’s a good one!
  7. Take the path behind the church to walk up the hill.  There you will find a little chapel and the perfect view of the river bend.
  8. Walk back down and seat yourself at a table in the Abbey courtyard’s beer garden – preferably in the shade.
  9. Order “Ein Dunkles Bier” – a dark beer and food of choice (it’s all delicious!)  For me, nothing beats a good pair of “weißwurst” (white sausage) with sweet mustard and a soft pretzel.  Be sure to remove the sausage skins before eating!
  10. Enjoy the beer, appreciating the fact that it was made in the oldest monastic brewery in the world (1050.)  As you may know, beer was invented by monks as a means of nourishment during fasting.
  11. Dip your tootsies back in the Danube.  Maybe even go for a swim if it’s hot enough.
  12. Walk back to the port and board a ship back to Kehlheim.
  13. Enjoy the boat ride.  The ride is twice as fast going downstream.
  14. Get off at the port in Kehlheim and then board the silly blue and white tourist train “Ludwigsbahn” close to the parking lot.  It will take you up to The Hall of Liberation, which you have already seen from below on the boat tour.
  15. Take the never-ending stairway up to the top of The Hall of Liberation (if you’re not afraid of heights) and enjoy the view.
  16. Take the train back down to the city.
  17. Walk around Kehlheim, enjoying the colorful stucco facades.
  18. Stop at an “EisCafè” (a cafè that also serves ice cream) and order yourself an “Eis Kaffee” (coffee poured over vanilla ice cream.) It is the perfect late afternoon picker-upper.

Keep in mind that if it’s a dry summer, the Danube might be too shallow for ship traffic.  In which case, you jump back in your car and drive directly to Weltenburg.  If you still have time, I absolutely recommend visiting the falconry park at the medieval castle of Rosenburg.  It’s a great show – and their museum and restaurant are both excellent.

10.  The Zugspitze

10 Most Magnificent Travel Destinations in Bavaria, Germany

The Zugspitze is the highest mountain peak in Germany (2962m).  I can’t describe how breathtaking the views are from here!  It’s horrendously expensive for a day trip, but I promise it will be an experience you’ll never forget!

In conclusion, I hope you are now convinced of Bavaria’s beauty.  Maybe I’ve even awakened your desire to travel here?  Feel free to comment below or mail me directly if you have any questions.  I will totally hook you up with more insider information based on your own individual needs if I can!

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25 April 2017

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My rule of thumb for traveling in Europe is to wear a backpack and travel light!  There’s nothing worse than being on a crowded train and having to heave a heavy suitcase up in the racks above your seat.  It’s stupid and embarrassing (especially if you don’t get it up there on the first try!)  If you feel like you’re going to miss something, keep in mind that you can buy clothing, umbrellas, or meds practically everywhere in Europe.

That said, packing for Europe is a little tricky.  Europeans tend to dress up a bit more than Americans and if you’re like me, you want to at least TRY to fit in!  On the other hand, (and more importantly) you want to be comfortable during all the walking you’ll be doing.  Multifunctional clothing is what we’re going for here.  You also want to be able to layer your clothing, especially if you’re touring in central Europe or further north.

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 I’ve made separate lists for men and women.  They contain everything you need regardless of the length of your trip.  Having to wash your clothes is the price you pay for traveling light – and it’s so worth it!  Another advantage to traveling light is that you don’t need long to pack before moving on to the next location.

What to Pack for a 2 Week Trip to Europe + Packing List

Clothing

  • 5 long-sleeved shirts.  Choose ones with a wrinkle-disguising pattern and where the sleeves can easily be rolled up to double as a short-sleeved shirt.
  • 2 light pants.  Jeans are not what you want here, as they take forever to dry and are heavy.
  • 1 pair of shorts that can double as a bathing suit
  • 5 underwear
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • fleece sweatshirt or sweater
  • water-resistant windbreaker with hood
  • worn in, comfortable but dressy walking shoes
  • flip flops, sandals or light slip on shoes
  • a hat (buy one in Europe and call it a souvenir!)
  • a tie or scarf
  • loungewear

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What to Pack for a 2 Week Trip to Europe + Packing List

Clothing

  • 5 tops long / short-sleeved
  • 1 cardigan
  • 1 pair of light pants
  • 2 pair of capri pants
  • 1 dress (not too short for visiting churches)
  • 1 skirt (again, not too short)
  • 5 underpants
  • 1 extra bra
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 swimsuit
  • fleece sweatshirt or sweater
  • water-resistant windbreaker with hood
  • worn in, comfortable but dressy walking shoes
  • trekking sandals
  • a hat
  • a scarf
  • loungewear

Toiletries

Extras

 

Like I said before, this list is good for any length of travel.  I know it’s hard to reduce your gear down to the bare necessities, but you’ll be so glad you did.  Let me know how is goes in the comments below.

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4 April 2017

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Sometimes mommy just needs a vacation!  A quick city trip is perfect, especially if you have babies.  They’ll be happy to sit in their stroller and watch the world go by until it’s time for the next break in a café or park (well, at least mine are.)

And who DOESN’T want to go to Rome?!  If you love history and culture – Rome’s the place to be.  Want to see some amazing architecture? Rome’s your man.  And you simply must try the roman food specialties at least once in your lifetime!

If you’re afraid of going to Rome because of its reputation as being a chaotic mix of traffic jams and hot-headed Italian temperament, let me ease your worries.  Rome is separated into individual districts, each with its own quaint character – which makes for a small village feeling, rather than a metropolitan chaos.

Piazza del Popolo

Like most cities in Europe, if you get off the beaten path, you’ll meet friendly and hospitable locals who are excited to meet you and your bambino.  They are almost always eager to help you experience the best their city has to offer.

I recommend spending at least 4 days there.  5 would be better.  That way you can not only do the “touristy” things that everyone should see, but you’ll also have enough time to get off the beaten path and get a tiny feel for how it would be to actually LIVE there.

Getting to Rome

As the saying goes:  “All roads lead to Rome.”  The road you take does, of course, depend on where you’re coming from.

If you are coming by car – beware!  You need a permit to drive in the old town of Rome.  This means you must park your car in one of several public parking garages outside the boundaries of the old town, and this can get expensive.  If at all possible, try to fly into Rome and then rent a car at the airport if you plan to travel further.  Alternatively, the train is always a great option when traveling in Europe.

Appian Way

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Best Time to Visit

Rome is a very popular tourist destination and is busy all year round.  If you want to avoid the crowds but still enjoy some sunny weather, April & May are your best bets.

There were already lots of tourists when I was there in mid-April, but not horrendously full yet.  I could wear short-sleeved shirts during the day and light sweaters in the evenings.  That time of year could not have been more perfect.

I don’t want to imagine how hot, humid and full the city is between June and September.  The hotel rates are ridiculous at that time of year as well.  Sounds like a hot, sweaty and expensive mess if you ask me.

Piazza Navona

Where to Stay

Hotels in Rome are expensive.  NICE Hotels in Rome are VERY expensive.  As with most of my trips, I recommend renting an apartment.  It is the more financially friendly alternative to a hotel and living like a local makes you actually feel like one.

Tripadvisor.com is an excellent place to start looking for an apartment (or a hotel or hostel for that matter.)  I can particularly recommend the one we rented in the Jewish Ghetto in the city center.  Here’s the review I wrote for TripAdvisor:

Door to our Apartment

“This apartment is within walking distance to all the main attractions of Rome while being nestled in the cozy and quaint Jewish ghetto. It is only one block from the Largo di Torre de Argentina if bus or taxi is needed. There are fabulous restaurants and shops just a block away. Guiliana the owner is so very friendly and really went out of her way to make us feel welcome. She gave us some useful tips for parking in Rome, using public transport, booking tickets for museums etc. The interior of the apartment is exactly like the photos show: clean, modern and tastefully decorated. The kitchen is well equipped. Do yourself a favor and stay here!!!” 

Just drop me a line if you’re interested in learning more about that apartment.  This place was so perfect, that I don’t share it with everybody…I might want to go back myself one day and it will be booked solid!

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Chances are, your flight home will be early in the morning.  And if you’re like me, the last thing you want to do at the crack of dawn is find your way out to the airport in a busy city like Rome.  Most of the nicer hotels in the Centro Storico do have a shuttle service, but I recommend staying at the Hilton Rome Airport Hotel for your last night.  It’s connected to the airport, so you can be at check-in within minutes of leaving the hotel.  This was awesome at 4 am!  As an added bonus – the restaurant and lounge there are excellent.

And the FOOD, oh YES, the FOOOOOD!!!

In my itineraries, I do recommend several restaurants and trattorias at which you can have an amazing meal and not be treated like a tourist.

But if you follow the rules “When in Rome – do what the Romans do,” you simply can’t go wrong.  This means: eat WHERE the locals eat, eat WHEN the locals eat and eat WHAT the locals eat.

Any travel guidebook will inform you about the differences between the Italian and American eating cultures.  Wanna eat like a king without breaking the bank? Do what the Romans do – you won’t regret it.

Market Stand

Roman cuisine is religiously seasonal and regional!

Getting Around

If you have the money, I highly recommend getting a taxi from the airport to where you’re staying.  There are public buses and trains frequently running between the airport and the city center (Centro Storico), but they aren’t that much cheaper than a taxi.

If you’re like me, your brain gets frazzled from long plane trips.  The first thing you want to do is take a shower after getting off that plane and the last thing you want to do is figure out the public transportation system in a very busy city.  

The Vatican Museum

Taxis charge a 55€ flat rate from the airport to your destination in the old town area.  I felt it was money well spent, especially after I saw how difficult it was even for our taxi driver to find our apartment in the labyrinth of the old town.

I found the public transportation in Rome to be very confusing.  My time was too precious to risk getting on the wrong bus or subway and winding up somewhere I didn’t want to go.  That’s why I booked an apartment in the city center within walking distance of all of the main sights.  I did take taxis on a few occasions, to get to destinations a little off center – for bike riding on the Appian Way, for example.

My #1 Travel Tip For Rome

I can’t express this enough:  If you are planning to see the Colosseum or ANY of the larger museums, be sure to get your tickets online.  This will save you HOURS of standing in line, especially at the Colosseum or The Vatican Museum.  I’m serious!

The Vatican Museum

What to See

Download my 4-day itinerary to learn the best way to see the city.  It includes the 4 walking tours I created and used during my last trip.  They worked out perfectly and I’m really glad I can share them with you.  These routes are the most efficient way of seeing all the sites while still giving you enough leeway to make this experience your own.  You may choose to hop the subway, bus, or taxi if you get tired of walking or need to go a longer distance (out to the Appian Way and then later on to Palazzo Corsini, for example.)  I’ve also included the awesome restaurants I dined at with addresses and telephone numbers for making reservations.

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