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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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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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