I went to Las Vegas… Again

As I’m writing this, it’s been about a week since I’ve come back from Las Vegas. I love Vegas. I was there for four exciting days. The days were filled with scorching heat, shopping, dining, and trying, unsuccessfully, my hand at gambling.

I booked the trip a few days prior to leaving for Italy. If you’re reading this blog for the first time you can read about some of the tours I went on here.

We flew with Westjet and stayed at Bellagio. Rather surprisingly, my wheelchair suffered no damage at all during either of the flights. I was getting used to going to baggage services after every flight. Things are looking up.

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Wheelchair Accessibility in Rome

Whether or not you go on a guided tour, there is so much to do, see, and eat in Rome. If you use a wheelchair, like myself, then getting around Rome can present some challenges. In this post, I will discuss some obstacles you might meet throughout the city, different transportation methods, accessibility throughout the places I visited, and things I learned along the way. If you’d like to read about some of the accessible tours I went on in Italy, check out Part One here. Continue reading

Tours Made Accessible for Wheelchair Users with Rome and Italy – Part Two

This post is all about my tours with Rome and Italy at the Baths of Caracalla, the Villa of the Quintilii, and Villa Adriana aka Hadrian’s Villa. Check out Part One if you haven’t already.

Tour #3: The Baths of Caracalla, Rome

Background: Emperor Septimius Severus first commissioned the baths in AD 206 and after his death, Caracalla, his son, completed the baths in AD 216. The composition of the baths was typical of any Roman bath, including the frigidarium (cold water), the tepidarium (tepid water), and the caldarium (hot water), but on a much grander scale. The natatio (swimming pool) was next to the frigidarium and was open to the sky. In its day, the baths would have been decorated with marble, paintings, sculptures, and floor mosaics. On each side of the baths was the palaestra (gymnasium) where people could exercise. Libraries and gardens were also a part of the Baths of Caracalla. Continue reading