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Dec 12, 2014 - Still Rome

Still Friday 12th December Korean Airlines Flight KE982 Rome 22:25 Seoul Flight time 11h It is still Friday and it is 4:30pm, We have just been informed by Korean Air that our flight is leaving half an hour later and we found out this morning that Rome is having another transport strike. We experienced one the last time that we were here and when I Googled up ‘Rome Transport Strike’ a few minutes ago lots of different dates came up so it must be one of these ‘Normale’ happenings around here. This is what I found out just now:- A general...

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Dec 12, 2014 - Pantheon & Vatican Museum

Fri. 12 Dec. 2014 Weather:-12 Degrees/Sunny In our travels of the last few days we were again fortunate to see the Pantheon. While in Rome this is a monument that should not be missed. It is the Roman monument with the greatest number of records: the best preserved, with the biggest brick dome in the history of architecture and is considered the forerunner of all modern places of worship. It is the most copied and imitated of all ancient works. Michelangelo felt it was the work of angels, not men. Where it stands was not chosen by chance,...

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Dec 11, 2014 - St Peter's Rome

Thur.11 Dec. 2014 Rome Weather:-12 Degrees/Sunny Reading back on this journal I have come to realize how blaze’ Herman and I are getting, Herman more so than I, we walk blindly past some of the nicest architecture, I have to stop myself in my tracks and remember what it was like the first time that we were here and when we were like kids in a fairy land. The last two days we have been on the path to the Vatican so are walking along the two main streets that go in that direction and we seem to be more interested in our destination than the...

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Dec 10, 2014 - Rome-Again

Wed. 10 Dec. 2014 Weather:-12 Degrees/Sunny The weather at the moment is very nice, sunny and clear but with a real nip in the air, perfect for sightseeing. Today we are off to the Spanish Steps and the Vatican and all places in between but first a nice continental breakfast at our hotel—it is all part of the deal here. I have to add that our bargain bottle of Lemoncello has found a new home, we have donated to Antionetta who makes our cafe’ latte’s first thing in the morning, I figure it is better to let her liver suffer than mine...she is...

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Dec 9, 2014 - Roma and the Trevi

Tues. 9 Dec. 2014 Rome Weather:-11 Degrees/Sunny The police are out in full force around Rome at the moment, they are everywhere on foot and congregating around the different Piazzas also with sirens blaring they hurtle down the little streets waving a paddle (of the ping pong type) above the roof of their police cars, it looks quite funny to us but I guess if we knew what was really going on we may not be as amused as we are. First stop this morning is a ‘Phamacia’ as my antibiotics have been depleted and another course is a must. “Er,...

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Dec 8, 2014 - Rome

Mon. 8 Dec. 2014 Rome Weather:-12 Degrees/Sunny We will call today a non-event as most of it was taken up by waiting for our train (Departed 12:50pm) and travelling on it to Rome (Arrival 6:25pm). We passed some nice scenery including snow topped mountains but as the windows of our train were almost impregnable with a camera lens those views will have to stay in our memories. We also had some nice little conversations with the passing parade of fellow train riders who occupied the seats around us on various stages of our journey. Finally...

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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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