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Trip Report Rome, and Eastern Europe by older single woman

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on 8/30/14 9:41 AM, Fanny Farkas wrote:

So much for traveling with carry on, the overhead compartment on the 757-200 was too narrow for my bag since I had filled the outside pockets. Fortunately the very kind purser on my Delta
flight put it in the first class closet. On the flight from Copenhagen I checked it since that flight had even smaller overhead compartments. The rest of the trip are direct flights, busses and trains,except for the return trip where I don't have to worry if the suitcase is delayed somewhere.

Had a delicious shrimp sandwich at Copenhagen airport with a nice glass of wine for $20. Finally boarded my flight and slept the whole way to Rome.

A very important fact to know when you arrive at Leonardo da Vinci Airport is that the ATM is upstairs in the departure area.
Another not vital but useful piece of information is that outside the arrival area are the white taxis which are the only ones to use if you are taking a taxi. Make sure the car is marked Roma and not Fiumicino since there will be a price difference. A Roma taxi is 48 Euros plus 1 Euro per suitcase

If you don't feel like a taxi there is always the train the Leonardo Express which will take you to Termini the central station
the cost is 14 Euro or from the same station you can take a local train into Rome for 8 Euros it stops at Trastevere, Ostiense and continues. It might make for a marginally longer ride since it is a local train but it is convenient and comfortable.

Speaking of trains as I was leaving after my most delightful visit with my hosts to take the train back to the airport for my flight to Dubrovnik I saw that it left from platform 4 or binario as it is called in Italian.I stood on the platform the train arrived and like a total nincompoop I never thought to check the time or if it was the correct train. I was well on my way to Tuscany before I recognized my mistake. Had to get off and then on to another train and yet another one. It became a rather costly mistake but a lesson hopefully never to forget.

By the time I got to the airport the plane was closed for boarding but very conveniently there is a travel agent to help you on site. When I got to the agency there were four other people who had missed the same flight. In the end we all bought tickets for Split and on arrival rented cars. My travel Karma stayed with me and I ended up sharing the ride with two delightful Canadian girls. We made it to Dubrovnik in time for me to check in at 11 pm at Old Town hostel where $56 a night gives me a private room on the top floor. The location is perfect, the room small but very clean and I''m a happy camper.

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