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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. 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.

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Apr 18, 2015 - "Rome wasn't built in a day".....

My dad always told me "Rome wasn't built in a day." No kidding... Founded in 753 BC and they are still building it! We were stuck in the middle of a seniors tour on the flight over...They were all hilariously electronically challenged. Even more than I. Never managed much sleep on the flight as we whispered & joked about their silly amusing conversations. We seriously considered Plan B arrival but stuck to A. We were aware we would arrive before check in at our hotel, but it didn't click in we'd be wearing the same clothes for 2 days....

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Apr 9, 2015 - Last day in Rome

Today is our last day in Rome. Today we had guided trips through the Colosseum, Forum & Vatican. It was a huge day but all tours were presented by passionate tour hosts who knew their subjects well. It's nice to know that half the stones from the coliseum are now in the Vatican . It seems that through the centuries and as powers changed it happened all over Rome. The coliseum was amazing and the way it existed for 500 yrs. The Vatican museum, St Peters Cathedral, the sistine chapel were overwhelming. So many paintings by Michelangelo were...

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Apr 8, 2015 - Amalfi Coast & Pompei

Today was an exhausting day, but very enjoyable. We left at 6.45pm and did not get back to 8.00pm. We went to Pompei and Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast was like the "Great Ocean Road" but on steroids. It is amazing how they can build buildings right into the edge of a cliff. Up to 1978 anybody could build there, but now you have to seek approval. It is free land. This is where the Rich and Famous come to holiday. The water looks beautiful, but it is a steep walk to it. I believe the Italians drivers have been immunised against having car...

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Apr 7, 2015 - Rome Easter Tuesday

RIPPED OFF OR NOT???? We were walking along minding our own business, after seeing and walking through the "The Circo Massimo" where the beginning of racing emerged, plus christian killings. We were ogling the Colosseum when a car pulled up. Now I am telling you the truth when I say we did not have one euro on us. Anyway the man spoke in Italian, then when he discovered we were English, spoke English asked where he was on the map - um thinking on it now I am sure he knew where he was. He said he was from Paris and had been in Rome for...

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Apr 6, 2015 - Easter Monday

Went for a guided tour of Rome on a Hop On Hop Off Bus. The trip included going to the Colosseum (Just a look from the bus - we go for a guided tour on Thursday), Trevi Fountain, Circo Massimo Bocca Dellaverita (games, killed christians, first place to have water in Rome),Vatican City - St Peters Square etc. It was great to get a feel of the layout of the city. Unlike Australia no building is above four stories high, and the architecture has been respected and can be seen today. It is a beautiful old city. We walked back from Vatican City...

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Apr 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday

Wow!!! I think we are finally over jet lag. Will never have a ten hour stop over in Hong Kong again. Watch your money there they rip you off. Yesterday went to the Pantheon, and bought a phone card - still trying to figure out Samson phone though - but now have a local number. We have had a wonderful day just walking around Rome yesterday - cobblestones are hard on the feet. Will go to Museum today Easter Sunday as it is raining. It is quite cool here. Not Freezing but enough to restart my cough!!!! Have a wonderful Easter everyone. 8 Hours...

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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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