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Mar 20, 2015 - Rome day 5

Today is my last day in Rome so i thought i would save the best for last. Going to the Vatican City was so inspirational and moving. Being catholic it was incredible to see it and be where the pope lives. It was an experience that i cannot put words with.

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Mar 19, 2015 - Italy-Day 1

Today I visited Rome. It was amazing. My favorite part was visiting the Colosseum. The culture was very historic and interesting. The culture is an mix of the arts, fashion and historic architecture. Their daily life centers around enduring Rome traditions rich in religion and food.

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Mar 6, 2015 - "I'm A Melancholy Man"

"that's what I am, All the world surrounds me, and my feet are on the ground." -moody blues Welp, last night & this morning I was a melancholy man. Fore, I was having to leave my homey apartment and my beloved Firenze (Florence) after 40 days of "living" in Florence. Because I have to pack my bags and head to Rome for 5 days, then Assissi St. Francis), then Venice, then Verona (Romeo & Juliet), back to Florence for one day - Ya-ba-dab-ba-doo!! Pick up one of my bags, say good-bye to my new friends,and go "live" 9 of my final 10 days in...

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Jan 17, 2015 - Rome

On down to Rome today. I did take my bike off the back of Elsie to go for a ride while Viv cleaned & tidied up inside. Too many hills though so didn't go too far. Then decided to give Elsie a wash on the outside now that Viv had done the inside. So it was out with the bucket & sponge to clean off the road dirt that had built up since her last wash in Cannes. I needn't have bothered though as it started to rain as we headed South & by the time we got to Rome she was well splattered again. We have several books of camp sites & camper stops...

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Dec 4, 2014 - Churches, churches, churches

Off we went today to see---no not more ruins, more churches. The common factor in all these institutions besides the most obvious one is that they were pilgrimage sites for early believers. Let me run down the significance of each. Church of Santa Maria Maggiore: It is dedicated to the Mother Mary. Built in 432 AD, it still has 5th century mosaics. It is marked on the outside by a large column which at the apex hosts Mary high above the surrounding buildings. The church belongs to the Vatican. I thought only buildings in Vatican City...

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Nov 29, 2014 - Colosseum and Forum

We went to see another wonder of Rome's glory days--the Colosseum. A large pacifier for the masses, it seated up to 60,000 who came to watch "sporting" events. These included gladiator battles with other warriors or animals as foes. Like a modern day stadium (think Kyle Field) there were numerous passageways leading to your seat. You carried your clay ticket with you which showed the section and number of your seat. Unlike Kyle Field, you could carry a portable grill in and your gambling tools, dice for example. You tailgated in the stands...

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Nov 2, 2014 - Rome

Another lovely sunny day in the Eternal City. This was our last full day in Rome before we head over to Civitevecchia on Monday to pick up our cruise on Tuesday. It took two metro rides to get out to Ostia Antica the harbour city of Ancient Rome. Ostia was Rome's seaport, but due to silting the site now lies 3 kilometres from the sea. The huge site is noted for the excellent preservation of its ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics. The oldest archaeological remains so far discovered date back to only the 4th...

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Oct 31, 2014 - Santorini to Rome

Friday was a travel day. First a flight to Athens with a 4 hour wait for the connection to Rome. We took the train in from the airport and walked to our hotel in Rome. As usual the hotel surprised us. We expected a regular hotel frontage but of course this being Rome we had to ring the bell and enter a huge courtyard area with our hotel up a few steps to the right. The hotel does not have an elevator but the building next to it does and they have adjoining doors. Great fun – up the elevator and through a door opened by the hotel guy to let...

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Oct 13, 2014 - Rome - Day 4 - Walk About

This was our last day in Rome - we catch a 2:50 pm train to Florence and will have dinner there. We had to put our large luggage out in the hallway last night for pickup by 6:30 am. We only were to keep hand luggage to take on the train. That was put in the hotel's storage room until we return from lunch. We walked well over a mile to begin our walk (all downhill). We started at the Trevi Fountain, which was being cleaned. Fendi is sponsoring this. Several fashion houses have volunteered to pay for restoration work on major Rome attractions...

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Oct 12, 2014 - Rome - Day 3 - Borghese Gallery and the Roman National Gallery

In the morning we went by bus to just outside the City of Rome to see the Borghese Gallery. This pleasure palace was built to house the art collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese. There were no bedrooms in the villa - it was just a showpiece to entertain guests and show up the other Cardinals. In addition to the art collection there was a garden of exotic plants, an aviary of exotic birds and an underground cellar to store snow brought from the north to keep guests' drinks cold. Within months of being named Pope in 1605, Pope Paul V made...

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Oct 11, 2014 - Rome - Day 2 - The Vatican

Today we went to Vatican City. In addition to it being the seat of the Catholic Church it is also one of the most powerful countries in the world and has played a pivotal role in the development of western civilization. For a reminder of Roman history see yesterday's posting. We started out at 7:45 am from the hotel and were at the entrance to the Vatican Museum about 8:00. We had to get Vatican issued "whispers" so the guide could talk without impacting other groups. Then go through security - a check of bags through a metal detector. Then...

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Oct 10, 2014 - Rome - Day 1 - Colosseum and Forum

We started off the day with a lecture entitled: "Welcome to Rome". Then in the evening we had a lecture discussing "Vatican Treasures", which we will see tomorrow. The lecturer began with the myths of the founding of Rome. Pick the one you like best: 1.) by Romulus and Remus. Twins, the sons of a mortal woman and the god Mars. Their mortal uncle, who felt threatened by them, had them thrown in the river to kill them. A she-wolf found them and suckled them. When they grew up they founded Rome with Romulus living on the Palatine hill and...

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