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    I Love Touring Rome, Italy – Vatican City District Hotels

    The Vatican City is the smallest country in the world with a total area of about one sixth of a square mile (less than half a square kilometer). But as they say, good things come in small packages. The Vatican City holds a special place in the heart of millions and millions of people. This marks the spot where Saint Peter was martyred and buried. One of its major attractions is Saint Peter’s Square that hosts Basilica San Pietro, the Vatican Museums and Gardens, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel. But don’t miss the lesser known Castel sant’Angelo.

    This towering castle built by the Emperor Hadrian, later became a papal residence, and has become a museum. The Palazzo di Giustizia now houses the National Law Courts. Its nickname is Palazzaccio, which means ugly palace in Italian. Why not stop by and see what you think? I don’t think you’ll be calling the Ponte Sant’Angelo ugly. For your convenience we have listed neighborhood hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.

    The Bed and Breakfast Orange Garden lives up to its name; its lovely patio is surrounded by orange trees. There are 4 rooms each of which is decorated with fine wall fabrics and elegant furniture. The address is Via G. Vitelleschi, 34 – 00193 – Rome.

    The Bed and Breakfast La Maison Royale is a newly opened B and B on the third floor of a prestigious building. It has 4 rooms that all boast a marble bathroom equipped with a Jacuzzi. The address is Via G. Vitelleschi, 42 – 00193 – Rome.

    The Hotel Atlante Star has 5 floors. It claims to be the only hotel in central Rome to offer free transportation from the Fiumicino airport. The roof garden restaurant, which seats up to 200 guests is open every afternoon and evening of the year. Breakfast is served on the roof. The hotel offers a fully equipped conference room for a maximum of 70 persons and offers simultaneous translation services. The address is Via Vitelleschi, 37 – 00193 – Rome.

    The Cicerone Hotel has 8 floors and provides access to the disabled. There are almost 300 rooms and suites. This is a non-smoking property. Its restaurant was opened in 2002 after extensive restoration. The fitness room is open … READ MORE

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    Vacationing in Paris Does Not Have to Be Expensive

    With most of us concerned about the economic situation we are reconsidering whether vacations to long-time popular destinations are wise. Actually, if you have a little bit of spending money, now is the time to go.

    Right now you can find some great deals on airline tickets. I have managed to get last minute round-trip airline tickets from Houston to Paris for as little as $600. Since the flights have not been full, I have been able to stretch out across seats for very comfortable Atlantic crossings.

    When it comes to hotels, even with discounts you should still expect to pay around $150 per night for a decent hotel room in a good location in Paris. If you are traveling with your family, a group of friends or if you are considering spending more than a long weekend in Paris, you may want to consider renting an apartment. This may not be as easy as pulling up Expedia on your web browser but you will be rewarded with a nice apartment and huge savings. You will find that there are plenty of great apartments with excellent amenities and locations that will comfortably sleep four people or more for the price of a small hotel room. Plus, you will have a kitchen at your disposal.

    Speaking of kitchens, dining can be your third biggest expense. As I have already hinted at, you can save money by preparing your own meals. You may not find the gigantic supermarkets that you may be used to in America but there are plenty of supermarkets and, even more interesting, outdoor markets so don’t worry about food.

    You can also save a great deal of money by avoiding restaurants and cafes on the famous boulevards. Often, going around the corner from the touristy cafes you will find better food and better prices. It’s nice to experience the famous tourist attractions but try the restaurants on the quiet streets that the locals frequent.

    If you can’t resist going to one of the cafes or restaurants on say, the Champs Elyées (and who can blame you), be smart of what and how you order. Sometimes you will see locals getting food to go and then sitting on a bench on the Champs Elyées just a few steps from the café. If you were to look at the menu you might notice that items that are to … READ MORE