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Oct 2, 2014 - Rome

October 2: Rome is a surprise to me in that the history is interspersed through the city and is part of daily life. The Coliseum is right there as you drive by - you will see an archaeological dig next to a set of apartments and there is even one that is ongoing under a government building. Everywhere you turn you see old, newer and new often standing right together. Beautiful architecture and sculpture throughout the city on nearly every building. Even pacing ourselves I feel like my feet are broken! It's the shuffle walk that you have to...

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Down the Road

Oct 1, 2014 - Arrival in Rome

I was dreading Rome, given how much I disliked Florence. It is big and noisy and fast and I love it ... much like I love New York City. We have had no problems crossing streets, but you would not believe traffic. Everyone does their own thing! We did a hop-on/hop-off bus tour when we first arrived to get our bearings (thank goodness Tim is here - I would still be wandering somewhere near our hotel!). Scooters are zipping through the tiniest openings between one bus and another, between cars, between traffic and parked cars, etc. We are...

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Down the Road

Sep 29, 2014 - Back to Rome

Back to the real world. About 3 km walk to the train station, then caught the train to Rome. Soooo much easier dealing with this at a small station instead of Roma Termini. Back to our old Hotel Montecarlo and the room was ready within an hour or so, we just enjoyed the wifi while waiting. Later we walked down Via Nationale to the Piazza Venezia. Rome is so wonderful to walk around. Ancient artifacts at every corner. How did they do it?

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Europe 2014

Sep 17, 2014 - Civitivecchia transportation day

Got up early because we had decided to catch the 9:57 train from Rome to the cruise port. Made the 15 minute walk to the train station, bought the 2 tickets for 22 Euro total (a drive to the port was 100 Euro), and there the easy part ended. The ticket didn't say which platform the train left from. We tried to figure it out without success. A couple of gypsies wanted to help us but we had been warned about that! A man working in a kiosk sent us to platform 21 where a train was waiting. We got on, found a compartment and then weren't sure we...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Vatican City

What a day today, We used the second day of our hop on hop off and went to St Peters. This time on the bus we were lucky and got the very front seat. The traffic is incredible and no one seems to get angry and very little honking. We got off at St Peters. It was a 3 hour wait just to get inside, a wait mostly up sheltered from the sun. We chose tal walk around and then bought a tour for 35 Euro each which took us in a group entrance -total pandemonium , however we got inside and saw a couple of hours worth of incredible art and antiquity. I...

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Europe 2014

Sep 15, 2014 - Rome day 1

Hot, hot day today. Had a great breakfast at the hotel and packed, again, to move to Montecarlo Hotel. They gave us a huge room because we got shuttled last night. We bought a two day pass for the hop on hop off bus. Did a full circuit and came home for a nap. I had no idea of the amount of ancient buildings that are in wonderful condition here. I don't think you could see them all if you came for a month. Walked over to the basilica after nap time and it is an amazing place. Hopped back on and explored a couple more places. We are trying a...

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Europe 2014

Sep 15, 2014 - Move to Rome

Well, it was quite a day. Tube to Victoria station, Train to Gatwick, then to Easyjet, When they say you can take one bag on board, they really mean it.....not a bag and a purse, not a bag and a backpack.....one item only. So we paid to check another bag. 30 pounds for a 2 hr flight for a carryon size. Live and learn. The plane seat configuration was pretty tight and we left 30 min late because they had to remove a passenger and their bags but we ended up at the Rome airport safe and sound. Got train tickets for Rome - when we got there...

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Europe 2014

Sep 3, 2014 - 12 Day Grand Mediterranean Cruise: 1st Port Venice

We toured some more on Venice and bought some trinkets including a Venice sailor hat for Ken. We enjoyed sipping wine along the side of the Canal using the stolen wine glasses from the evening before as we took pictures and strolled the alleyways and courtyards. We made a snack pit stop in one of the squares to enjoy a bottle of wine at a restaurant where we could sit outside and people watch. They provided us with an unlimited supply of potato chips! Another Toe Pic was taken overlooking the Grand Canal sipping our vino tinto. We...

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Living the Dream

Sep 1, 2014 - Departure and Pre-Cruise stay in Rome, Italy!

We booked a 19 day European adventure with our friends Ronnie & Sandra. This is the first time we have waited to take 3 weeks of vacation in the fall versus winter. Unfortunately, Europe has similar weather to us so if you go in our winter months you will be just as cold! We were also told if you travel in the summer months you will be waaaayyyy too hot. September - mid-October are great times to travel to Europe and the prices start dropping if you go in early October. After looking at the itinerary and determining the cruise stop in Rome...

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Living the Dream

Jul 29, 2014 - Vini Vidi Mangiato

Julius Caesar produced one of the longest lasting quotes of all time, "Vini Vidi, Veci". I came I saw I conquered. This quote was perfect for the egotistical dictator who really began the massive expansion of the Roman Empire and started the rule of the emperors. Being better than Julius, I decide to improve his quote to that of the title of this entry, "Vini Vidi Mangiato" roughly translating to I came I saw I ate. Boy have we ate. So much so that we have already constructed a reputation among the group that when they don't finish their...

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Jul 28, 2014 - no chefs insulted on our first day

Great first day in Rome! Lots of walking, easily we walked 10 miles over cobblestone streets. Hard to imagine that shoe designers had Rome in mind when they created stiletto heels. The forum and coliseum are truly more interesting than the pile of rubble I expected. Now I see there is no reason to paint my kitchen, it is just an early Roman-empire style! We sampled pizzas and fresh mozzarella for lunch, served family style, not many leftovers at our table, making the boys a fast favorite of the guides. For dinner we ventured out on our own...

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Jul 27, 2014 - Day 1: Flight and first day in Rome

After an 8.5 hour flight we got to the hotel and were greeted by the Disney staff and got checked in. Our first event is not until 5:30 local time (which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time) so we decided to walk around and see the Vatican City. Our first event is a dinner with the rest of the group and the menu includes gnocchi, a beef dish and gelato, we are looking forward to that!

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