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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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Oct 9, 2014 - Rome - Day 0 - Arrival

I caught the 7:32 am train out of Pisa to Rome. However, Mussolini is dead and Italy's trains no longer run on time. I got to Rome at 10:23. Twenty minutes late - not very late unless you have to meet another train. The train ran along the coast. Beautiful views. I was in first class. Bigger seats, quieter and first class has electric plugs! My hotel was pretty much right around the corner. The room was ready so I had my luggage in the room by 11:00. There was an international bookstore in the rail station. I had read everything I had...

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Oct 6, 2014 - Roman Forum

Ohhhhh the history we walked through. It's a strange feeling to walk the same path of those 1,900 years ago. Trying to imagine what it looked like and how the people lived. I get my history all mixed up but I do love a good story!! Update: Jason's gelato intake is up to 22. 22 cups of strawberry and lemon. And yes, I do believe it adds to his ADD, ADHD, OCD and general silliness LOL!

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Oct 6, 2014 - Colosseum

We jumped on the double decker bus that ran on the sight seeing loop. We came around the corner and down a small hill and there it was. Just so amazing and awesome. We hadn't had lunch (or breakfast) so we decided to have a nice lunch first. The boys treated me, as they have been doing through this trip. They are considerate and generous and I'm a lucky Aunt to have them with me. As we walked towards the entrance of the Colosseum we were asked if we wanted to join a tour. It was only 15€ each so we did. It was nice to have a guide giving us...

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Oct 6, 2014 - St. Peters Square

St. Peters Square and the Basilica were pretty impressive, magnificent actually. I almost got the feeling "Be Still and Know That I Am God" feeling. I was looking around in the Basilica and I couldn't see where they set up the guitars and bass and drums though. Hmmmmm maybe they don't have church like we do hehe.

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