The downside of Rome

I’ve heard horror stories about tourists and even experienced travelers getting scammed in Europe, but to this point, the scams I’ve experienced have been identifiable and therefore harmless. But Rome is an exception. On the train ride from our Contiki campsite to the Colosseum, two of my friends caught pickpocketers attempting to get into their … More The downside of Rome

Losing €50 at the Monte Carlo Casino and other tales from the French Riviera

There are few places in the world I think are more colorful and more beautiful than the French Riviera. It was hard to say goodbye to Barcelona, but we quickly dried our tears as we ventured onward to the sunny south of France. On the morning of Tuesday, June 24, we packed up and headed … More Losing €50 at the Monte Carlo Casino and other tales from the French Riviera