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May 22, 2016 - Roma

Never the best way to begin a trip that starts with a full day of travelling. A 9am flight to Toronto has us going from one end of Pearson Airport to the other to make our connection. Turns out we had plenty of time so got the pleasure of a $15 rip-off wine. We arrive in Roma at 8am after little sleep and figure we just need to push through. None the less Gail finally falls asleep in the taxi to the hotel only to be jolted awake when our cabbie gets into a fender bender. As only they can do in Italy there is a lot of angry hand waving and...

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May 11, 2016 - Rome, Italy

Wow - what a day! We took the train into Rome today and joined the St. Pierre family on a tour of the city. The chapel and collisium were amazing to see but the big highlight was seeing the Pope at mass. The food here is also top notch - no lack of restaurants. This was a very long day but well worth the effort.

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May 10, 2016 - Day 18: Last day in Rome

Last day in Rome was dedicated to the Vatican City. Had a 9am tour booked for the Vatican gardens and thank God for advance tickets because the line for the Vatican museum looked horrendous. The open bus tour was really nice but I wish we had the energy for a walking tour. The gardens really need to be explored on foot. I was most fascinated with the room with maps at the Vatican museum. Sistine chapel was a disappointment! I have seen so many elaborate chapels/churches/bacilicas/cathedrals on this trip and Sistine chapel was so hyped up...

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May 9, 2016 - Day 17: Rome-ing around

Woke up early today before anyone else. Had a chance to take an hour by myself and roam around the city. Had a grand time walking around and watch the city wake up around me. Walked into couple churches. The first one I walked into was a simple yellow building from the outside but was decorated in elaborate gold inside. Just magnificent! We took the day to explore Rome. Went to colosseum, palatine hill, Roman forum, pantheon, piazza navona, trevi fountain, Spanish steps. Had a long exhausting day. We sat at piazza di spagna for a while....

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May 7, 2016 - Day 15: Drama in Rome

We had a really early day today. Took the water bus to the train station. While waiting for the train, Zarish and I went walking around the station, looking at clothes and trying on shoes. When we got back we saw two police officers standing around mom and Aman waiting for us to come back and show them our passports. They gave out passport information to someone on their radio. When I asked them if there was a problem, one of them said yes and the other one said it was a routine check. Either way they both started questioning me on how we...

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May 4, 2016 - Travel Time

It's Thursday morning here and you are all getting ready to go to sleep back home. Bona notte. Leaving Las Vegas was the biggest hurdle of the trip. We watched as several planes left for LA ours, lost somewhere in San Jose. After a three hour wait, it finally arrived, and we flew into LA. We planned to spend the night there as our plane was leaving early the next morning. George's friend forever, Hal Smith met us at our hotel and drove us to his home, for dinner. It wasn't just dinner, it was a feast, prepared by his beautiful wife Barbie....

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Italy revisited 2016

May 4, 2016 - This journey is over.

Today was our final day - no touristy stuff (well, a couple places we hadn't been), just finishing off our shopping for family. It is one of the most difficult things when you're not inclined to buy "stuff". When practicality is highest on your priority list and trying to find something that also reflects a specific culture or historical period. In addition, it has to be very portable (not liable to break or be bulky) and somewhat lightweight. When we travel the way we do much of what we find that fits the bill in 2-3 areas and fails in a...

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Apr 30, 2016 - Bus to Rome

Rome in 4 days during a holiday! Tons of tourists, both Italian and foreign! Bon was very smart in booking our accomodations ahead for the dutartion indeed. Travel comes so naturally to her and so unnaturally to me. Yet I would be so much poorer without her urging me onward in our travels! 5/3 Today we' re off to the Vatican...late start but at least today there is sunshine (rain yesterday dampened my spirits a bit). More sometime later. We fly to Boston via Turkish Air leaving 7 a.m. Thursday. Stopover once in Istambul. 5/5 3:45 a.m. We...

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Nov 2, 2015 - Espresso and Ice Cream tour

y today we got up and walked around Rome from 9am until we met up with our tour guide for our ice cream and espresso tour at 230. This square and church were I think my favorite so far. Church of Santa Maria sopra di Minerva. We also walked over to see the Pantheon while we waited for her There were only two couples signed up and the other couple was a no show so we had the guide to ourselves. We walked for about three hours and stopped at various places off the beaten path and had a frozen espresso called grinitti. It was wonderful....

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Oct 31, 2015 - The Colliseum

Wherever you go in Rome, you come across ruins like these ones on the way to the Colliseum. This is the mighty Roman Colliseum. The Colliseum is where the gladiators fought and Julius Caesar died. The spot where he died near the cat sanctuary is marked in the parking lot where it is believed he fell. The Colliseum is a haven for stray cats. Contrary to popular belief, Christians were not executed at the Colliseum After this we had a bit of time to rest and then tonight we had our celebration farewell dinner with more opera and...

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Oct 31, 2015 - Vatican City, St Peter's Basilica and the Sistene Chapel

This morning was spent seeing the Vatican, the Bramonte stairs, St Peter's Basilica, St Peter's square and the Sistene Chapel. Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed in the Chapel. It was all quite amazing (I think I am using that word a lot lately). There are 35 pictures above which you can browse. Most are labelled and I don't have time tonight to comment on each one so enjoy checking them out and when we get home, I can fill in more details if anyone is interested or answer any questions you may have. Buonsera and good night

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Oct 30, 2015 - Rome illumination tour and dinner

We arrived in Rome and saw what was only the beginning of the number of Roman walls and ruins that we will see in the next few days. Got settled into hotel and left on our pizza dinner and illuminations tour. The entertainment was fantastic - two tenors singing and entertaining between courses. Appies are shown here which was followed as usual by a pasta dish and tonight was a pizza dinner followed by four different desserts. Then we set off to see the sights of Rome at night This is a tour we had originally not signed up for but...

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