Nov 262012

I get to the meeting point for the Pompeii day-tour at around 7 am and it is quite cold.  In fact, even I, having lived in Boston for years, feel the need to wear a coat.  I am a bit lost, or so I think, and I want to ask someone a question.  As I look at the crowd of people gathering around a fountain, I immediately know who I can speak to – the other American. Continue reading »

Aug 132012

Pickpockets are everywhere in Rome; at least, they are everywhere that you will want to visit.  The first time I walked around Rome, I noticed two things (aside from the sites of course): more tour buses than I had seen in any other city and lots and lots of street-people (beggars, shady vendors selling on cardboard boxes, and women with fake babies in their arms ready to throw them at you).  Now, Rome is by no means the only place with lots of street-people but, since you will visit this city some day, let’s talk about some common sense ways to stay safe.

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