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Jul 5, 2015 - Day 21

Buongiorno! Final day in Rome. I started the day off by going to the first mass in Basilico di San Pietro which was absolutely amazing. It is humbling to be in such a large space. I was taking a few moments to look around and I found something to make me enjoy San Pietro even more. Inside I found a statue of St. John Baptist de La Salle! Even after graduating I can still find connections back. We took the train from San Pietro to another station to continue the day and had our first experience with pick pocketing. On the train there was a...

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Jul 4, 2015 - Day 20

Buongiorno! First full day in Rome! The day started off with a trip to the Colosseum and the Forum. As a group we spent about 3 hours wandering around the Colosseum, all of us amazed at the immensity of the monument. It still amazes me what the Romans were capable of doing when it came to engineering. It is a shame that part of it was destroyed, it is magnificent now, I can only imagine what it would have been like when it was completed. After the Colosseum we went over to the Forum and Palatine hill. This was just as amazing, and while I...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Day 30 - Rome

Day 30 last day and night in Rome Wednesday 24 June 2015 Had a great sleep last night thanks to Cerys' newly acquire night and day tabs! No coughing....at least none that woke us up! Nonetheless we did wake up at 9am...keen to sleep longer, but also aware that this was out last last in Rome before our exit tomorrow. First task...go to the police to report our theft. The cards were all fine, but I was concerned about the misuse of my drivers license identification. So off to the police station....via breakfast at a cafe of course. The...

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Jun 23, 2015 - Day 29 Rome

Day 29 second last day in Rome Tuesday 23 June 2015 Woke up at noon after a crap sleep. We both had cough time...and hours awake. Plus we are both exhausted. Knowing we had a coliseum tour at 215 pm caused us to move a little. We headed off on foot the two kilometres to the coliseum. En route, we stopped at a pharmacy to get some cold and flu tabs. The machine there declined cerys' card, and then my debit card as well, so we paid in cash. We then found an tam and I used the spare debit card to draw cash. I managed to get the PIN number...

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Jun 23, 2015 - Day 28 - back to Rome.

Day 28 back to Rome Monday 22 June 2015 First...about last night....Cerys and I hunted around town for a suitable restaurant, without returning to the scene of last nights meal....the options were fairly limited, but we were steering away from pizzerias and same such, so we came upon a somewhat - not so much dirty - but old trattoria looking "cantina". Our initial impressions we a little sad....no one came to take our orders, and the single woman at the counter didn't look twice at us. Only one other table in the place was occupied by...

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Jun 20, 2015 - final day in Rome....

We have an early start to our day as we head directly to the Vatican. Vatican City is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. The total area consists of about 110 acres with a population of 842. It is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both population and area. Vatican City is an ecclesiastical state ruled by the Bishop of Rome - the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic Clergy from various national origins. We toured Vatican City and had the chance to see St. Peter's Basilica, the...

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Jun 19, 2015 - All roads lead to Rome...

We have an early departure as we make our way towards Rome. We drove across the Veneto Plain via Bologna, continue through Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio to Rome, the Eternal City. This was a long drive about 5 1/2 hours over 330 miles. We had the benefit of having a local specialist showing us around the two days that we had in Rome. We were able to see the the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna. This is a flight of 138 steps that is topped by the Trinita de Monti church. The square below is a major shopping destination in the city and hosts...

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Jun 17, 2015 - 3 hours for what? And sadness....

Finished our last day at Rome with a trip to the Vatican. Received an unfortunate phone call the night before - Cody, our 12 year old Sheltie, was very sick and hospitalized at the vet. Had a night of terrible vomiting and diarrhea (feeling bad for John Izler who is housesitting and caring for Cody) and was very lethargic when arriving at the vet. He had not responded to IV fluids and prognosis was not too rosy. With the time difference, we were up talking to the vet and deciding what to do well into the middle of the night. Decided to have...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Boarding the Celebrity Constellation at port of Citivacecchia

Today we boarded the Celebrity cruise ship Constellation which is special in that it was the same ship Bailey cruised the Baltic in 2006 (ship just 2 years old). However this time we have moved from an inside room in the bottom of the ship to the 7th deck with a balcony.....Movin' on up. Ship had recent major spruce up. http://www.celebritycruises.com/ships/celebrity-constellation?shipCode=CS

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Jun 4, 2015 - Rome - Milan

We were able to have a bit of a sleep in this morning which was much needed! At 8am we caught a taxi to the train station in Rome which took over an hour in the peak hour traffic. Michael is a genius and was able to find our platform and train for us. While we were waiting for our train we saw the police pick up a few young women which we think may have been pickpockets. It was a 3 hour trip and we got business class seats which meant leather seats, more room and a lot less people. The train averages about 245km/hr and it was a really...

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Jun 3, 2015 - Rome (Day 4)

Vatican City Today we got up and hailed a cab to Vatican City for our tour which was scheduled to start at 11:00am. We arrived and found our location by 10:50; perfect timing! The tour started out with a discussion of the Sistine Chapel in the foyer of the Vatican Museum. No one is allowed to talk in the Sistine Chapel so the tour guide had to give us some history and explanation of the paintings prior to going inside. We listened to her for about 20 mins. The topic was very interesting but all of us were already dying from standing. We...

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Jun 2, 2015 - Rome (Day 3)

We are going to need a vacation from our vacation but that’s just par for the course for us… Today started out WAY TOO EARLY for me and Ashley. We got up as the sun was rising and headed to Piazza de Popolo at 7:00am. It was a holiday in Rome today and we were the only ones up that early. The city was deserted. As we walked to the Piazza, we had to go by way of the Spanish Steps. When we visited the steps a few days ago, there were hundreds of people lounging on them. This morning, Ashley and I had them all to ourselves. It was awesome and...

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