Category Archives: Italy Via Rome

2016. New Year Gifts!

Every new year’s eve and night in Serbia Grandfather Frost (who looks suspiciously like Santa Claus) comes to deliver presents under a pine tree (looks a lot like Christmas tree, but it has nothing to do with any kind of religion). The gifts are given to good children (and adults) and represent hope for a prosperous and happy new year.

I think Grandfather Frost and Santa Clause have the best job in the world. Not only do they work one night a year, but they also bring joy to the world.

I love giving gifts.

Those of you who know me personally can remember me making hand-made cards and little presents to give away on any special occasion. These days I do not have the time to create such personal gifts, but I still love giving away presents.

2016 New Year Gifts

Download 2016 New Year Gifts until January 15, 2016

For New 2016. Year I’m gifting:

  • Travelling Tips for Economy Class Travelers. The beginning chapters of Italy Via Rome talk about getting ready for a trip; what to pack, what to prepare, what to do at the airport… If you’ve never travelled before, or are in a panic whenever you have to go away, I hope these tips would help you enjoy your travels more.
  • Happy New Year full resolution image from the previous post that you can share with friends.
  • Episode 1 of Warriors of Virtue. Be the first to read Warriors of Virtue. I hope to release Episode 1 in March of 2016. It includes: Mistress Nature Our Great Saviour excerpt, Prologue, and Chapter 1 to Chapter 3. The gift is a BETA of the Illustrated Edition (if you’ve just come upon this blog, I intend to publish Warriors of Virtue as a Time Limited Text Only Edition, Illustrated Edition, and Artist’s Edition). There are still some illustrations I need to create before officially publishing, and my editor needs to go through a final check, but you can enjoy reading the beginning of the fantasy series. I think that anyone who likes The Lord of the Rings, Sailor Moon, Mythology, Arabian Nights, Fairytales,… will like Warriors of Virtue. If it was a movie, I would rate it PG, because there are some dark themes that may not be suitable for children.
Chapter 01 Warriors of Virtue

Download Episode 01 of Warriors of Virtue until January 15, 2016

These gifts will be available until January 15th, so make sure check your email (if you are a Mili Fay Art Fan Club Member) and download them before they are gone.

If you are not a Mili Fay Art Fan Club Member you can join for free below. The gifts are currently part of the Welcome package.

Happy New Year!

Wishing you only the best!

Mili

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. I only write when it is important or to give gifts. I hate spam and I will never share your email address.

 

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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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10 Things I Learned In Italy

St. Peter's Square

St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Italy, September 2015

I loved Italy; there are so many things to see, the food is great, and people are friendly (most of them). I have so many things I wish to share with you that I’ve decided to write a book about them, but for now here is a list of 10 Things I Learned In Italy:

1. Gelato can be supplemented for every meal. It can and should be consumed in vast quantities, but it tastes even better when you share it with someone you love.

2. Italians are awesome! (There was an exception in Venice and during a busy day at Giolitti, Rome). Even though my sister and I spoke no language at all, they never made us feel stupid. (Unlike the citizens of a certain European country that shall remain nameless.) My impression is of warm, passionate, and friendly people I would not mind knowing better.

View from the Terravision Bus

View from the Terravision Bus as we are about to leave Fiumicino Airport.

3. Cheaper can be better! Terravision bus is a great commuting option to and from the Fiumicino airport and it only costs €4/person one way!—just make sure you find a bathroom before your bus is about to depart. Then you can spend the money you saved on travelling gorging on gelato.

4. You CAN take your luggage onto a busy subway train, just make sure you go to the front of the train where a space for handicapped persons is usually located.

5. Termini Station in Rome is HUGE! You can go anywhere and anyway from there. If travelling by a speed train, make sure you are on the right platform. Even if you are in a rush, do not board a train until you are 100% sure it is the right one. Wait for the conductor, one will eventually appear. To speak to the right person when you wish to purchase national train tickets, you will have to get a ticket with a number from a tiny booth near the lineup, then wait for your number to come up.

Mili Fay in the Vatican Museum.

At the Vatican City make sure you wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. This is a view from the Vatican Museum.

6. Vatican City is the most popular destination in Rome. Make sure you book your tours online in advance and have your tickets printed. Go as early as you possible can, because it gets suffocatingly hot in there. You cannot take water or food with you through the entrance scanners (though we managed to get pretzels through). However, bring empty bottles with you and fill them up in the bathroom. Make sure you use the bathroom before the tour, because they usually last 3h+!

7. It’s safe to drink water in Rome. Purchase a 1-2 litre water bottle and then fill it up at drinking fountains sprouting throughout the city, especially in parks. Trust me, you will need lots of water.

Zeus at 4 Fountain Square, Rome, Italy.

Fountain of Zeus at the Four-Fountain Square. One of the most beautiful surprises I’ve encountered in Rome.

8. Rome is packed with things to see. Get a map at your hotel and don’t bother purchasing transit tickets or passes in advance. Instead have the correct change ready if you get tired. Walking around, you will stumble on amazing sites—like the four fountain intersection, or even the Spanish Steps.

9. Italian food is great! Order a single plate, there is plenty for two people (also you do not want to overeat and then not be able to move). If you need more food order another plate of something else then split that, too.

Venice, Italy, September 2015

Venice, Italy, September 2015

10. Venice streets are tiny! Most of them are not written on a map. Bring several highlighters with you and trace routes to your destinations, then visually try to guess which is the right street. If you want to take a gondola ride, you need to prebook a tour—they take 4-6 people only (price is usually €30-40/person for ½ an hour). The romantic two-people only gondola can cost from €80-100 for ½ an hour!

Roman Forum, September 2015

Entrance is at the North-East side, across from the Colosseum. You will have to pay an entrance fee. Our guide from Atlas Tours was amazing! He’s from Baltimore, but I cannot recall his name for the life of me.

If you’d like to find out all about my adventures in Italy, as well as absorb some practical travelling advice, join Mili Fay Art Fan Club. Who knows, you may even get a BETA version of Italy Via Rome for free. 🙂

 

Cheers!

Mili
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Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography

© 2014 CDC PHOTOGRAPHY

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer, is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time.

Her latest published work is Animals In My Hair; a story about a boy who goes for his first haircut only to find endangered animals falling out of his hair.

Currently, Mili is working on her first ever illustrated Fantasy novel, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess who must prevent a war with the dragon-people, while keeping her mission a secret from her over-protective mother.

Join Mili Fay Art Fan Club to stay in touch with Mili Fay and to be the first to find out of her upcoming books and artworks.

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Italy Via Rome: Quick Hello

Rome Forum

Rome 2015 | Near what remains of Cesar’s Tomb

I have loved Italy. I thought I would, but I did not know how much I would truly love it.

I do not speak more than a few words of Italian, but that did not hinder me much. I found most Italians spoke enough English to guide me through the difficulties. Everyone has been incredibly friendly. Food was fantastic. I had the best lasagna near our hotel, the best pizza in Verona, and gelato every single day.

I had so much fun, that I decided to write a short book about my travels to help other unsuspecting travellers to Rome.

I’m crazy busy at the moment in Belgrade, but I will write more details about my trip soon. For now, I hope you enjoy these pictures.

Cheers!

M

Rome--St. Peter's Square

Rome 2015 | St. Peter’s Square

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