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1ClassyLady 68F
3120 posts
12/10/2018 4:17 am
I won't post blogs for the Sicily trip from Nov 5 to 19, 2018


My Italy trip for 36 days. It is too long journey and I exhausted. After visited beautiful Museum of Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Square in Rome, I fly to Sicily, Italy to join with Group #3 from Nov 5 to 19, 2018.

On Nov 5, O.A.T. arranged a female roommate to stay with me in same hotel room. She came in with nasal congestion and dry cough. Her snoring and sudden dry coughs woke me up during my sleep. She has hearing problem and wearing hearing aid during the day so she can hear the tour guide's explanation. But at night, she took off her hearing aid. She couldn't hear the "morning wake-up calls". I had to shake her to wake her up. Since she came in, she always said she felt hot and opened all the windows and balcony door even it was raining hard outside. I felt cold. She holds a rubber hot water bottle to sleep to keep her warm, but I didn't have rubber hot water bottle and felt cold all night.

She said "Obama is NOT a good president and Hillary Clinton should be lock in jail, Trump is a good president who wants to make America great again. After she finished, I said quietly "I am a Democrat". She shut-up. She fought with me who should get the luggage rack each time we moved to different hotels. She drinks lots of wine on lunch, dinner and after dinner she went out with another two women to the bar to drink more wine until 11:30 pm to return to hotel room. She then took shower, made noise. I simply couldn't get along with her. She lives in Sacramento where is about one hour driving distance from the "Paradise fire". She called her husband every night about the big fire in Paradise city, CA. During the day, we didn't walk together, she walked with her two women who drink with her. She is a retired CA pharmacy tech, I am a retired CA pharmacist.

Group #3 had 15 people and one trip leader who speaks the best English compare with two other trip leaders. Sicily is a beautiful island. I took many pictures but I decided not to post those 14 days journey in Sicily. There are many stories, many churches, Mt. Etna, .... The first night we had a discussion with a Mafia's 2nd . His father assassinated judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo and 3 bodyguards, who were killed by a 500-kilogram bomb attack against their motorcade on May 23, 1992.

Anyway, I was very tired due to not sleep well at nights and too long trip. I will stop post the Sicily trip.



Honesty is the best policy.


1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
12/27/2018 12:16 am

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Sicily is a different place than Italy mainland. The most notorious group of people is "Mafia". Mafia is like gangsters, they were very cruel to kill people. A car bomb filled with more than half a ton of explosives, detonated remotely, killed prominent anti-mob prosecutor Falcone, his wife and three members of their security detail on 23 May 1992 in Palermo city, Sicily, Italy.

We have a meeting with the murderer's 2nd son in another hotel because the hotel we stayed refused to provide a room for the meeting. The mafia boss' sons had to hide from the public because people hate them. It is very controversial story. We were not allowed to take pictures or record what they said in the meeting. Because he is the son of the mafia boss, all his life had to be very secretive. O.A.T. arranged the meeting for us to meet the mafia boss 2nd son. He looks like his father when young. His father died in jail in 2017 for liver disease.

In 1693, Sicily had a big earthquake and 90% of the building and people died.

During the WWII (1943 to 1945), Sicily had been bombed heavily especially Palermo city.

We have the experience of Fiat car driving on cobblestone, very exciting roads. Nobody could take pictures because the road condition. You only can experienced.

On the last day, Nov 18, 2018, we went to Mountain Etna where just had exploded 2 days ago. I have the feeling when I heard this news from TV because I had been to Mt. Etna, a volcano mountain in Sicily.

There are many Cathedrals in memory of St. Georgio who was a Roman soldier but he was a Christian. St. Georgio had been beheaded (cut off) by Romans because he was a Christian. If he was alive 150 years later, Roman accepted Christians in 323 A.D. Romans killed thousands of Christians but god didn't save them. They all died in vain. I wonder why god didn't save the Christians and let Romans killed them. Why?? Because there was no god to save them.



Honesty is the best policy.


1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
12/15/2018 5:22 pm

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Hi Kseniya Princess,

If your financial is not enough, you can just go Rome and Vatican. Because there are so many landmarks all close to each other in Rome. Although Roman Forum and Colosseum have been destroyed by barbarians people, but it was Roman Empire most glory time.

The Pyramid of Cestius, the keyhold view Saint Peter's Square, Hercules Victor temple, Mouth of Truth, Trevi Fountain, Piazza del Quirinale, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and St. Sebastiano church, ..... They are all in Rome and close to each other.

Vatican is inside of Rome, but it is a different country where the Catholic Pope lives. There are Museum of Vatican, Sistine Chapel and get out to Saint Peter's Square. Almost all the Michelangelo's artworks keep very well condition, one ticket you can see all 3 places together. You need to purchase ticket few days before the day you actual go to Vatican because people want to go see Michelangelo's artworks. The waiting line is long and very crowded, but it all worth it.

It will take only 6 days/ 5 nights of your time, stay in one hotel in Rome and ask the front desk of your hotel how to enjoy those famous landmarks in Rome. That is the most economic way to travel in Rome. Do homework online before you book an airline ticket, plan well those famous landmarks in Rome.

Don't go to Rome in summer because tourists are everywhere in Rome. People are too crowded and the weather is too hot.



Honesty is the best policy.


1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
12/13/2018 7:40 pm

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Hi Kseniya Princess,

My age is double of yours. You still have long time to reach my age. When I was at your age, I was busy with two children and a career, .... I was poor too. Travel is my passion. "if there is a will, there is a way". I am retired and have time to travel. Rich or poor, it is all depended on how you want to spend your money. I only went to 16 countries so far, not as many as some serious travelers. Italy was on the top of my "bucket list" since I was a little girl. I finally reached my goal to go to Italy, but 36 days is too long time for my age. The long walk, the long hours, and "jet lag" really made me very tired.

As you may notice, I always traveled to warmer countries. I have never been to Russia because I don't like the cold weather. Russia is a big country, land is wide and scenarios are far apart. If one day I will go to Russia, that probably only Moscow.

To travel with group of people, you can get more information, convenience of transportation (airplane, bus, boat, car, ...), hotel reservation, .... most important is safer with a group of people. HOWEVER, you need to get up at 6 am or 6:30 am and have breakfast at 7 am or 7:30 am, then meet everyone in the hotel lobby at 8 or 8:30 am. It is like hurry to catch-up with the group for daily itinerary. I was amazed by some travelers are 85 years old and they are healthy and walking fast.

Someday when you are older, you will travel as long as you desire to go abroad or travel domestically.

When I came to USA in 1980, I only brought $3,000 USD because Taiwan only allowed that amount of money to USA. I was poor too.



Honesty is the best policy.


1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
12/13/2018 11:23 am

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I am no longer a Christian or a Catholic, I am an atheist. There is no god, heaven, devil or hell. Religions are just belief for people who live in certain countries, e.g. Catholic, Christian, Muslim, Hinduism, Buddhist, .... etc. and many more. I don't want to change anyone's religion, but I don't want to be changed either.

I have booked and paid for a cruise trip in summer of 2020. From USA fly to Amsterdam, Netherlands then start the cruise to Luxembourg ==> Germany ==> France ==> Switzerland ==> Germany and fly back to USA. Total trip for 18 days.



Honesty is the best policy.


1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
12/12/2018 11:59 am

I will try to upload those pictures again for my last 5 travel blogs on this weekend.

I had a much better roommate, Lisa, in January - February 2015 for 16 days during my trip to Australia and New Zealand. That was group travel with "Women Travel Together".

O.A.T. (Overseas Adventure Travel) arranged the woman to be my roommate in Sicily, Italy was a bad experience. I reported to O.A.T. and I won't have roommate in my future trip with O.A.T. I try to forget about it.



Honesty is the best policy.


1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
12/12/2018 8:55 am

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Thank you for your interest in my travel blogs. I am on Asia Friendfinder purely for blogs, I can't read anyone's profile or email anyone. I posted blogs because Asia Friendfinder is the only online dating site that provides blogs for communication rather than dating only. Asia Friendfinder bloggers are very lucky to read all my blogs to know my travel, my jokes, my opinions on religion and politics. Sometimes, I mentioned many of my secrets and get to know inside of me. I posted my travel journey, so when I get older, I will remember my trip from Asia Friendfinder (in case I will have senile dementia in the future 20 years later). Those blogs will become my memoir.

I have said many times in my blogs, my political party is Democratic, religion is "atheist". Although I was born and raised as a Catholic (under my mom's influence". My ex proposed me and wanted me to marry him so that he could get his "Green Card" (ultimately U.S. citizen), Social security # and my properties, .... We went to the Catholic church but been told my ex had to convert to be a Catholic to marry a Catholic woman. It would taken too much time, so we went to a Christian church and got married. Many years later, the Christian pastor's wife involved in a "Ponzi Scheme". Her boss took every investor's money and escaped to Asia. It was 8 figures amount of money. I started to realized pastor's wife used her influence to scam people. We started to stop going to church and became an atheist gradually.

I have many doubt about the religion and posted many blogs regarding to religions. Please refer to those previous blogs I posted.

Please don't think that an atheist is a bad person. I just don't believe in God's existence. I don't believe God, Devil, Heaven or Hell. If God is exist, he or she should stop the natural disasters, i.e. Earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, ... stop the crime before the murderers kill people. I don't see any miracle. In different countries, there are different religions, so many different God. Human beings have been existed at least 10,000+ years. So many people went to Heaven, Heaven is too heavy. Why after death, only two places to go? How much guilty to go to hell, how much merits to go to heaven? We sent "astronauts" to the Moon, nobody saw "Heaven".

I am an atheist but I am not a bad person. I won't go to heaven or hell. I will remain on earth, cremated in an urn. I am no longer a Christian but I follow the 'Golden Rule".



Honesty is the best policy.


1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
12/10/2018 7:55 am

I hope Asia Friendfinder bloggers enjoyed my Italy and Vatican trips from Oct 15 to Nov 3, 2018. The 2nd trip (Group #2) in Rome was only 4 days with Group. I went to Museum of Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Square are separated from O.A.T. that I paid extra to join a private local travel agency. However, the Michelango's artworks are super and worth to see again.



Honesty is the best policy.