Rome was one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen and the ancient city features a number of historical ruins built by mathematicians and dreamers alike. So it’s no wonder that almost any photo you take there could be good enough to print on a postcard.
Global Discovery Vacations member Angie B. found just such a photo to enter into the Shoot for the Stars contest, and it paid off: first place in the Landscape category! Here’s how that trip to the Oval Fountain in Rome happened, along with some of Angie’s clever travel tips.
How was Rome?
It was totally awesome. We spent a week there and loved it. We did a tour of the Coliseum, a tour of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. We went to the place they call the “Little Pompeii” – Ostia Antica. It’s a village that was destroyed, similar to Pompeii. It’s right by the water.
Then we went over to Tivoli, which is where those gardens in the photo were – at the Villa d’Este.
What made you choose this photo to submit out of all the ones you took?
I just loved the water cascading and the way the fountain was so huge. It was almost like a waterfall.
The Villa d’Este is a 16th century home once owned by a very wealthy man. He turned the whole area into fountains – there are around 500 fountains on the grounds. There’s a walkway and every foot or so is another fountain. Several big ones open up into a lake, and I tried to get some good photos of those but there were a lot of people in the way.
So we were by the house when I saw the fountain and took the picture. We were standing on the back deck and you could walk down to his yard, which is now a garden.
Was this your first time to Rome?
This was our first time using Global Discovery Vacations. We did a Mediterranean cruise one time where all we did was get off the ship long enough to see the Sistine Chapel and the Coliseum from a distance. But it was the first time we had spent time and stayed in the Rome area.
I’d definitely go back. I loved it.
Do you travel often?
(Laughs). A lot.
We just did Rome, I loved Scotland with you guys, we did Ireland, we’re going to Australia in February for two weeks. We’ve traveled around the states a lot, too. But we like to blend a lot of trips in with a cruise.
Since we were already flying to Rome for a cruise, we decided to find a condo over there and spend a week before we got on our cruise ship. That’s what we did for Scotland and Ireland as well. You’ve already spent the money to get over there and that’s the most expensive part. We’re doing the same for Australia, too: spend two weeks there, cruise around New Zealand, then come home.
How are you going to use the $500 travel credit?
If you look at our travel history, you’ll see that we use you guys all the time. I don’t know specifically how I’m going to spend it, but there’s no doubt that I will.
My husband and I absolutely love the membership. We tell everybody about it. People always ask us, “What are the bad parts?” I tell them we haven’t found any yet.
Thank so much for spreading the word, Angie. It sounds like you will make good use of your prize, so we look forward to seeing many more photos in the future.