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Lovely Majestic Hotel

It’s funny how different brands are represented differently in different countries. In Australia Marriott is a premium brand,whereas in American it is a budget brand.  In America, Ramada is very often a budget accommodation, but here in Romania, it is a five star brand. Anyway, I am recovering well (albeit slowly) from being Frogger-squished when …

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Farewell Italy, Hello Romania!

Yesterday I left Italy and headed to Romania for the next stop on my “Freedom Life” tour… (oh, and it was a good thing I flew yesterday as today, Romanian air traffic controllers decided to go on strike to demand better working conditions). Sitting at Ciampino Airport, it was interesting to see the armed guards patrolling …

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Castelli Romani

A few weeks ago, my friend Lehan and I drove up to Castelli Romani – in particular to Lake Nemi… This was perhaps one of my most favourite places in my entire trip to Italy… …by the way, even the signs for deer here look very “Italian”!  LOL!    

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Final day in Lido di Ostia

Well, after a fascinating stay of almost three months here in Italy, today is my last day before I relocate to Romania for a month. …and what a gift – this morning there was a procession on the main street below, complete with flag-throwing!  I had only ever seen that in the movies – and …

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Driving Holiday Along the Amalfi Coast in Italy

What an absolutely fabulous five days we had driving from Lido di Ostia down to Amalfi and Ravello, back up through Positano and Sorrento… (more items now checked off my Bucket List! http://luxuriousnomad.com/bucket-list/) Our first stop after having picked up a rental car and leaving Ostia was Terracina, an ancient Roman ‘colonia maritima’. Atop the impressive hill …

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