Smallest Country in the World: A Guide to Vatican City

Vatican City, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, is a city-state located within Italy’s capital, Rome. It is home to a population of under 1000 people, and is made up of an area only 44 hectares, making it the world’s smallest country by both area and population. The country serves as a home to Pope Francis, the current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church; St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world; the Vatican Museums, the 6th most visited museum in the world; and many more Catholic cultural and religious sites. In this post, I will be guiding you throughout the tiny country, going through info on transportation, accommodation, and attractions in the Vatican.

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Palm Springs’ Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world, is one of Palm Springs’ most visited attractions. The tramcars, which host over 10 million visitors per year, allow visitors to get from the floor of the Coachella Valley to the peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains in just a ten minute ride. This ride ascends almost 2000 metres (6000 ft), and goes through five one of a kind life zones, from the Sonoran Desert to the Arctic Alpines. I was lucky enough to ride this tramway two times, once when I was much younger and again last year, when I last visited Palm Springs. In this post I am going to be pretty much giving you all the information you need to know before riding the tram, from the tram’s history to ticket prices for riding the tram.

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One Day In Bath, England

Located in southwest England, Bath is one of the country’s most beautiful and picturesque cities. It is known for its Roman Baths, built by Romans centuries before the creation of the UK, which helped the city develop into what it is today, as it is named after these baths. It is also known for its collection of Georgian architecture, much of which is built with locally mined Bath Stone. Bath was also the home of Jane Austen, a famous British writer, who wrote the classic ‘Pride & Prejudice’. To sum it up, Bath is pretty much the perfect quintessentially English city. Last summer, my family and I spent a day exploring the city, which I will be writing about in this post!

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Dream Destinations: Western & Southern Europe

Western Europe, one of the world’s richest regions, is defined by its collection of medieval castles, from Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle to Scotland’s Edinburgh castle, and its many world renowned landmarks, from the UK’s Big Ben to Paris’ Eiffel Tower. On the other hand, Southern Europe, or the Mediterranean, is known for being the birthplace of Western civilization, as well as being home to Italy’s Colosseum and Greece’s Pathenon. Both of these regions are some of the world’s most popular vacation spots for tourists from all around the world. In this post, I am going to be adding on to my ‘Dream Destinations’ series, and I will be writing about 13 cities and spots located in both of these regions that I’d love to visit.

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