Cataraqui Reflections

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Meanwhile, at home in Trenton, Ontario...


Last day of February 2013. Wouldn't you know it? It's a good thing that it's around the freezing mark or there might have been about a foot of snow on the ground, and on everything else too! Because it is so mild, most of the snow seen in the pics above has fallen off of structures and made a lot of slush for snow shovelers like me to contend with.

Italy is looking a lot better at this moment.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Yup, that's me up there, having a good time last Sunday afternoon on the Bay of Quinte.

Greetings to one and all who visit. I have not posted for some time because I just wasn't feeling it and I found another outlet for my photos - Facebook. Posting there is so immediate and gets to everyone I know right away.

That aside, this blog will now serve as a journal to record all that I am and will go through in preparation for my upcoming trip to Italy in September. I want to list all the steps I have to go through to prepare. Later on, I will record my time in Rome here with pictures. I will continue to post some pics on Facebook, but the full story will be right here.

The first thing I did was go to the Air Canada web site and price out fares to Fuimicino (FCO), Leonardo da Vinci Airport, that is 22 miles from Rome.

Not too bad. A regular seat fare goes for about $1300. round trip, but I want to go there in Executive Class so that I can get a seat that reclines fully. This way I can arrive rested in Rome. That increased the fare to just under $1900. Let's face it - it's expensive to travel and I am willing to pay the price to see Italy. The next step was finding a place to stay while in Rome. I solved this by going onto There were two tiny apartments that had a reasonable daily rate that I am comfortable with. By utilizing Google Earth, I was able to scout out the area of Rome where the apartment was located, and how far it was from the Colosseum.

As you can tell, I will be staying in the middle of Rome.

Next, I began researching train travel in Italy, and I was pleased to learn that all of Italy is within a few hours high speed train ride.

I haven't thoroughly researched tickets yet, but it looks like I could go to Verona in 3 hours and return later that day for around $50CDN. I like that. This means I can go on day trips to Tuscany, Chianti and many others areas that look awesome.

Now the cell phone. I have to find out more about what I need to stay connected. My nephew Jordan Thistlewood is helping me with that.

Stay tuned, I'll be posting more as I go along on this journey of discovery as I move forward toward my departure.