St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

After being to this place, I can now enjoy watching "Angels and Demons" and "Da Vinci Code" -- because now I can say that I've been there!

Vatican City, Italy, July 2012

On Road Trips

This post brought to you by InsuranceHunter. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you were a regular reader on my blog then you all know that my family enjoys road trips!  We did a lot of road trips during the time when we were still living in Ontario because a short drive can get us to an interesting town or beach or light house.  Whether we head out to the North, to the South, to the East or to the West, there would always be something to see. 

That's the negative side of moving to Alberta, all driving is at least 2 hours long.  And because we are surrounded by mountains, there's not much to see. 

Anyway, my auto insurance is up for renewal and I am again trying to look for a lower premium.  The renewal advise that I got from our existing insurance company has the same premium.  We didn't make any claims and yet our insurance remains the same?

So while reading through different company websites, I came across Insurance Hunter’s safety survey.  And here's part of the results --

• 64% of men have continued driving on a road trip when tired
• 24% of men said they have not paid close attention to the road because they were tired
• 17% of men said they hoped they wouldn’t get into an accident and kept driving even though they were exhausted
• 10% of men almost got into an accident because they were tired

My husband is mostly the one behind the wheel and even though I can see his eyelids closing from time to time, he won't admit that he is tired.  I have to insist on driving while he took a quick nap.  

On our recent Europeam vacation, we love just being part of a tour where we just get on and off the tour bus and not have to worry about driving.   So hassle free.   

I encourage you to read their survey results, you might be amazed at what you will discover and please visit Insurance Hunter's webpage as well.



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Gondola ride in lovely Venice, Italy

Venice is my dream city... and it was indeed the most romantic city in the world. I am so in love with this city. One day isn't enough to explore this marvelous city surrounded by water. I will definitely be going back there someday...

Our initial itinerary is that we will be in Venice on my birthday. But due to other circumstances, we had to change our itinerary and we were here 2 days before my birthday. Still, it was the best birthday gift from my hubby!

Venice, Italy, July 2012