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Oct 12, 2014 - Bye Roma

Early wake up for all of us, as we had to catch a metro, train and then check in for our flights back to Sydney. As always has happened during our trip, all went very smoothly and we left the apartment behind clean with only a few items left in the fridge. Metro and train trips were quite easy even though it was a challenge again to find seats with all the luggage we were carrying with us. The good thing about the trains in Europe is that they have a strong luggage carry area hove the seats where even our heavy suitcases could be stored...

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Oct 11, 2014 - Shopping day/ packing

After yesterday's visit of San Giovanni, we had seen some market stands in the distance which would be there again today. As it was the last chance to do shopping for our family, we headed off there first and the boys had some very successful shopping while Alicen went to the church with the steps and crawled up on her knees. The boys bought another iPhone charger and a number of soccer jerseys (Luke) and other clothes. After this we all went to the area near the Spanish steps to look for a painting in our home in Sydney and some souvenir...

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Oct 10, 2014 - Vatican Mass, San Giovanni and shopping

After missing out on the Audience with the Pope on Wednesday morning, where we were advised to get to the Vatican by 6.15am to get a spot where we at least could see him and believed that this would be too much for our boys, Alicen and Frank decided to attend the 8.30am Mass today without the boys. So leaving the boys at home in bed, we got to the Vatican around 8am and were pleased that there were hardly any tourists at that time yet. No queues to get in and with the sun up some great photo opportunities of the various buildings and inside...

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Oct 8, 2014 - Spanish steps and Vatican City

Another very busy day. We started off by visiting the Capuchin Catacombs museum (incl. 6 rooms filled and decorated with bones of dead priests) and then the Spanish steps. Tom and Luke were happy for Alicen and Frank to do the walking and 'sight' seeing there, while they are "chill in". At 2pm we had booked a trip to and through the Vatican incl. visit of the museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilican and of course St. Peter's square which we all know from the Pope's addresses to the crowds. Another few "punch us in the arm" moments as...

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Oct 7, 2014 - Gladiator school and Collosseum tour

Our day in Rome and already action packed. Alicen and Frank got a little bit of an idea of the metro lines last night when reviewing the Rome itinerary and booklet provided by our neighbours. As we had to travel a bit to get to the "How to become a gladiator?" we left early and this ended up a good decision as it took us a while walking and finding out where the school was situated. Again, thanks to Tom for getting us there via the Maps App. We just made it by 11am, however then had to wait for a few other tourists (from Germany) and our...

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Jun 24, 2014 - Rome- Tuesday: Early morning tours of Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum

Another great day in Rome. We met John from Walks of Italy at 8:15am and we had a group of 6 that toured the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Forum. John has only lived in Rome for 10 years and is originally from London, however he was so knowledgable! So amazing was the architecture and engineering that took place in 70AD! All of the interesting facts and history was so amazing! We both throughly enjoyed the tour. After the tour we came back to the hotel, had a light lunch and walked around the area where are hotel is on Via Nazionale. Jami...

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Jun 23, 2014 - Monday - Tours of Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peters Basilica

After going to bed early Sunday night, we got up early and met our tour guide - Arnaldo - from Walks of Italy for our tour of Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peters. The tour was 3 1/2 hours and was very good. Arnaldo was very knowledgable and we learned so much about MIchael Angelo, the various egomaniacal Popes and how the Medicini's (sp?) from Florence had all the money and basically ruled the Popes, Emperors and others because they had the money. Amazing works of art and so many facts about the art - for example - the Sistine...

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Jun 22, 2014 - The trip begins with a very long day of travel.....

Are long day of travel finally arrived. We flew Jet Blue from Tampa to JFk at 11am on Saturday. Didnt' realize that Jet Blue has it own separate airside at JFK and it seems to be the only airside not connected to the others. So we had to exit and take airtrain over to American Airlines airside which meant going back thru security. A hassle for sure but luckily we had 3 1/2 hours before our American flight to London. We finally made it over to American and they said my carry on rolling bag was too big. Even though this is the same bag I take...

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Oct 10, 2012 - Roma, Colosseum

The day starts with a nice cool morning walk to the colosseo got into the ticket line at 08:00 am not a big line yet so was able to get in very soon after the gates opened at 08:30. This is one of the must see places in Roma wow what a building to walk around, would liked to have done the underground part but that is by tour group only and would have to wait 4 hours for it to start. Leaving the colosseo it is off to the roman forum ruins next to the colosseo great time exploring the old building of the roman empire spending about 3 hours...

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Oct 7, 2012 - All roads lead to Roma

All roads lead to Roma and here I am on my way to Roma (Rome), wow I leave Venice this morning by fast train only 5 stops to Roma and at times we are going 247 KM per hour. Get into Roma at 13:00pm walk to my hotel there was a problem with rooms so I was moved to another hotel a few blocks away a class above the first one (nice). Got checked in then out to explore some of the city, a walk takes me to the Foro Traiano area where I get my first view of the Colosseo (colosseum) and the Roman Forum from the top of the city building, watched the...

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Nov 17, 2010 - Operation Sleep

I think that my decision to sleep as much as I can this week to battle sickness has really helped. Though, It has hindered my abilities to prepare for my upcoming trip to London tomorrow morning and to prepare for the loads of homework coming up in the next few weeks. I leave tomorrow morning at 6 am for my trip to London. Its SO early! This means that I again need to wake up at the crazy hour of 3 am to catch a bus to Termini and then another bus to the airport to get there on time... Thats sooooo early! And interrupts my operation sleep...

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Nov 15, 2010 - And Sick Again

I had to get up this morning for my Italian class. That was not fun. I went to bed early and still it felt like I had only slept for an hour. Then as my class went on, I started getting sick. So, I went home and took a three hour nap hoping that would help but it didnt. I went to a cultural exchange today, mostly for the free food. I was so out of it though that it didnt really help. I understand Italian pretty well and can speak little bits and pieces but cannot form sentences for the life of me... Also, it was hard because I was so tired...

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