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Old 01-18-2013, 04:47 PM   #106
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At your kids' ages, they can just be carried through the turnstiles - see more info here:

http://www.visitlondon.com/traveller...ndon-transport
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:13 PM   #107
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This hotel was highly rated on Trip Advisor and theyare also off the beaten path
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...ome_Lazio.html

The reviews for the service are very good. Could this have been where you stayed ?
Alright, you piqued my curiosity! My curiosity about where I stayed. None of my photos included the hotel. In my daily email journal home (2010, remember), I just said "the hotel." Google maps of the area did not initially help. I did remember that direction we walked from the train station to the hotel. I also remembered the direction we walked from the hotel to the metro, but I could not remember the metro station. Then I found a journal entry that we went to view the tallest obelisk in Rome, located in Piazza di San Giovanni, JUST PAST OUR SUBWAY STOP!!! So by triangulating the San Giovanni subway station with the train station and the rough area of our hotel on google maps, I found it! We stayed at Hotel Eurostars Roma Aeterna. Great hotel.

And now I found the pizza place nearby! Holy Mackerel! This pizza place was awesome. We got there about 5:30 one evening. The whole inside and outside was empty. Not one patron. About 120 empty seats. We asked for a table; when the waiter said he would talk with the manager, I laughed out loud, thinking it was a joke. It wasn't. They discussed and pondered for a couple minutes, then decided we could have two seats at an outside table far at the end. A few minutes later, they turned away another couple. Fifteen minutes later, there were over 100 people dining. No group more than six people. Completely off the beaten path, not a tourist destination in sight, not in any guidebooks. This place is the real deal locals' favorite pizzeria, and we stumbled on it by accident. Here it is: Pizzeria Fiaschetteria Al grottino. Located at Via Orvieto 6.

Also, if you were to walk the 1 to 2 miles from the train station to the hotel, roughly following a trolley line, and ducking under a highway, you would see a bakery with no name and the wall covered with graffiti. You should really grab a pastry from here.
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Rats! I just discovered that the Uffizi Museum and the Academia (which houses Michelangelo's "David") are closed on Mondays! And the Greek Isles DCL cruise ports at La Spezia on Monday! Rats.
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Rats! I just discovered that the Uffizi Museum and the Academia (which houses Michelangelo's "David") are closed on Mondays! And the Greek Isles DCL cruise ports at La Spezia on Monday! Rats.
I don't know the exact dates, but alot of the excursions have date restrictions due to local holidays, etc.
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This is a great thread I don't have tips of my own as I am a first time cruiser to the Med but I shall follow along
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If you are doing a pre or post cruise stay in Barcelona and you are Soccer fans or players, make time to tour Camp Nou the home of the FC Barcelona team.

http://www.fcbarcelona.com/club

My DH as well as my 3 DDs all love and play soccer and it was one of the highlights of our pre-cruise stay in Barcelona. The Camp Nou Experience is very interactive, interesting and fun. The official store carried some cool and very unique items.
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If you are doing a pre or post cruise stay in Barcelona and you are Soccer fans or players, make time to tour Camp Nou the home of the FC Barcelona team.

http://www.fcbarcelona.com/club

My DH as well as my 3 DDs all love and play soccer and it was one of the highlights of our pre-cruise stay in Barcelona. The Camp Nou Experience is very interactive, interesting and fun. The official store carried some cool and very unique items.
My husband and three boys are really looking forward to visiting Camp Nou.
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At your kids' ages, they can just be carried through the turnstiles - see more info here:

http://www.visitlondon.com/traveller...ndon-transport
There is nearly always a wider turnstile gate either on the far right or left which is for use by people with luggage or travelling with children and/or strollers.
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Here are a couple of links that helped me out in planning.

Capri Hydrofoils and Ferrys: http://www.mediterranean-cruise-port...pri-ferry.html

Barcelona with kids: http://www.travelforkids.com/Funtodo.../barcelona.htm

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Here are a couple of links that helped me out in planning.

Capri Hydrofoils and Ferrys: http://www.mediterranean-cruise-port...pri-ferry.html

Barcelona with kids: http://www.travelforkids.com/Funtodo.../barcelona.htm

Hope this helps someone!
Thanks!! We plan to spend a few days in Barcelona ahead of our cruise. The Travel with Kids link gave us some great ideas!
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Alright, you piqued my curiosity! My curiosity about where I stayed. None of my photos included the hotel. In my daily email journal home (2010, remember), I just said "the hotel." Google maps of the area did not initially help. I did remember that direction we walked from the train station to the hotel. I also remembered the direction we walked from the hotel to the metro, but I could not remember the metro station. Then I found a journal entry that we went to view the tallest obelisk in Rome, located in Piazza di San Giovanni, JUST PAST OUR SUBWAY STOP!!! So by triangulating the San Giovanni subway station with the train station and the rough area of our hotel on google maps, I found it! We stayed at Hotel Eurostars Roma Aeterna. Great hotel.

And now I found the pizza place nearby! Holy Mackerel! This pizza place was awesome. We got there about 5:30 one evening. The whole inside and outside was empty. Not one patron. About 120 empty seats. We asked for a table; when the waiter said he would talk with the manager, I laughed out loud, thinking it was a joke. It wasn't. They discussed and pondered for a couple minutes, then decided we could have two seats at an outside table far at the end. A few minutes later, they turned away another couple. Fifteen minutes later, there were over 100 people dining. No group more than six people. Completely off the beaten path, not a tourist destination in sight, not in any guidebooks. This place is the real deal locals' favorite pizzeria, and we stumbled on it by accident. Here it is: Pizzeria Fiaschetteria Al grottino. Located at Via Orvieto 6.

Also, if you were to walk the 1 to 2 miles from the train station to the hotel, roughly following a trolley line, and ducking under a highway, you would see a bakery with no name and the wall covered with graffiti. You should really grab a pastry from here.
Impressive detective work
Funny thing is that I usually don't have a problem coming up with the name of a hotel I stayed at (credit card history or email reservation confirmation are what I usually use to backtrack). It is the restaurant names that I have a hard time with
We think we'll remember the name of a restaurant and we almost never do. I have taken to taking a picture of something about the restaurant when I really like it and want to be able to recommend it to people.

Gotta save your info for future reference

Have to say I am something of a pizza snob having been born and raised in Long Island New York. People have warned me that the pizza in Italy is different from what I am used to. Something about Italians using fresh mozzarella instead of the dried mozzarella that we use and that making it necessary to use a fork and knife to eat it.
How did the pizza compare for you ?

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Rats! I just discovered that the Uffizi Museum and the Academia (which houses Michelangelo's "David") are closed on Mondays! And the Greek Isles DCL cruise ports at La Spezia on Monday! Rats.
Oh I hear you
We have a similar problem on our cruise. We will have problems visiting the vatican in Rome and the co-cathedral in Malta because we arrive on Sundays.
I just console myself with the fact that it leaves us more time for others sites and also requires a trip back to catch what we missed

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Here are a couple of links that helped me out in planning.

Capri Hydrofoils and Ferrys: http://www.mediterranean-cruise-port...pri-ferry.html

Barcelona with kids: http://www.travelforkids.com/Funtodo.../barcelona.htm

Hope this helps someone!
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Funny thing is that I usually don't have a problem coming up with the name of a hotel I stayed at (credit card history or email reservation confirmation are what I usually use to backtrack). It is the restaurant names that I have a hard time with
We think we'll remember the name of a restaurant and we almost never do. I have taken to taking a picture of something about the restaurant when I really like it and want to be able to recommend it to people.

Gotta save your info for future reference

Have to say I am something of a pizza snob having been born and raised in Long Island New York. People have warned me that the pizza in Italy is different from what I am used to. Something about Italians using fresh mozzarella instead of the dried mozzarella that we use and that making it necessary to use a fork and knife to eat it.
How did the pizza compare for you ?



Oh I hear you
We have a similar problem on our cruise. We will have problems visiting the vatican in Rome and the co-cathedral in Malta because we arrive on Sundays.
I just console myself with the fact that it leaves us more time for others sites and also requires a trip back to catch what we missed



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I know what you mean. I once had pizza in Naples and thought it was awful. The sauce was very thin, like tomato soup, which made the crust all wet & mushy. There was very little cheese on it too. What a disappointment.
Maybe pizza was created in Naples, but we perfected it for sure!
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Have to say I am something of a pizza snob having been born and raised in Long Island New York. People have warned me that the pizza in Italy is different from what I am used to. Something about Italians using fresh mozzarella instead of the dried mozzarella that we use and that making it necessary to use a fork and knife to eat it.
How did the pizza compare for you ?
Hi Laurie!!!!
I can tell you that Italian pizza is nothing like New York pizza . . . it is virtually never cut into slices, you eat it with a fork and knife. The crust is very, very thin, and the sauce is runny. There is less cheese on it than a New York slice. That all being said, I like it - it's just different. If you have ever been to Eataly in Chelsea in NYC, they have very authentic Italian pizza there, as does another place in Hell's Kitchen, Don Antonio (the only other one of those is in Naples).
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Hi Laurie!!!!
I can tell you that Italian pizza is nothing like New York pizza . . . it is virtually never cut into slices, you eat it with a fork and knife. The crust is very, very thin, and the sauce is runny. There is less cheese on it than a New York slice. That all being said, I like it - it's just different. If you have ever been to Eataly in Chelsea in NYC, they have very authentic Italian pizza there, as does another place in Hell's Kitchen, Don Antonio (the only other one of those is in Naples).
I agree with this! If you must have pizza a certain way, then you may not like pizza in Italy. If you approach it from a standpoint of trying new flavors and textures, you may well like it. I liked it, but I like pretty much any pizza.
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