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Jun 14, 2014 - Rome dazzles and inspires .....

The Awesome Foursome experienced somewhat of a shock to the system on arrival in chaotic, fast moving Rome after 3 weeks of lazing about on The Amalfi Coast, and on a cruise boat on The Dalmation Coast. We have had to adapt to the rather fast paced Roman lifestyle following our leisurely Island pace of recent times. It is great to be back in Italy again although it is vastly different from Croatia, it is grubby after spotlessly clean Croatia, incredibly laid back (even the Vatican Guards lounge around and whistle at the pretty girls instead...

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Jun 6, 2014 - Off to Rome

June 5th,said goodbye to everyone as we all departed Villa San Rocco and went our separate ways. Except for Max and Becks- Becks decided to come down with a stomach ailment on the last night,so they stayed in Benabbio for another day/night. Ian and I got the local taxi to Lucca station, from there Ian trained to Florence,and I to Pisa then on to Rome. Train delays on the way meant we were 1 hour late into Rome@ 7pm. B&B room only 5 minute walk from Rome Termini station. Very handy. Wandered around for a bit, then found great restaurant...

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May 28, 2014 - Amalfi, more amazing views and back to Rome

Up bright and early to check-out and board the bus again. We set-off for Amalfi and Ben had some more treats in store for us. Our journey today would take us on one of the most scenic, yet dangerous roads in the world. Fittingly, the first song Ben played for us as we turned onto this road was 'Danger Zone'. The drive was spectacular and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. The first treat was a roadside stall for a breakfast of beautiful fresh fruit and freshly squeezed OJ. I bought a banana, an OJ and shared some strawberries with...

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May 28, 2014 - Rome treasures

28 July 2014 Sunny skies again and we are off early to do the Vatican Tour. Our tour guide is a young Irish lass from Dublin called Rachel. We meet her behind the Vatican and are wired up for sound so that we can hear her commentary clearly on the tour. She was absolutely amazing, her in depth knowledge and entertaining way of imparting it, brought the whole tour to life. The three hours flashed past, but will be an indelible memory for me, we absolutely loved it. St. Peter's Square was our next stop and it was a sea of people, as the Pope...

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May 27, 2014 - Isle of Capri, convertible taxis - the best day ever!

The campsite we were staying at had it's own port, so at 8:15am, our group met and walked down to catch a boat to the Isle of Capri. The weather was on our side in the morning, so it made for a beautiful boat ride (except for those with sea sickness!). The Blue Grotto was closed due to the size of the swell, but we saw the white grotto and some other beautiful geological features of the island before we docked at Marina Piccola. We had some brekky, including a delicious Italian iced coffee, at a cafe right on the water. The water looked...

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May 27, 2014 - Rome adventure

27 May 2014 Well the flight to Rome had its ups and downs and I don't mean turbulence. The journey was 12 and half hours and our seats were roomy, the food good and lots of movies to watch. Unfortunately my legs got restless to the point that I was totally going nuts.....Ian on the other hand was quite comfortable, his tablets were doing the trick, I decided to take one of his tablets to see if it would do the same for me and things certainly settled down.........until a couple of hours later I began to feel very sick and then spent the...

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May 26, 2014 - Journey to Sorrento

Check out completed, I boarded the Busabout bus and off we went at 8am. A group of 20, we had loads of room on the big coach and made ourselves comfortable. It wasn't long before our tour guide Ben was on the microphone getting us to introduce ourselves and talk to each other. Right away, I knew it was going to be a great trip. Ben had the music cranking and everyone was really nice. As you can't talk about the very prominent mafia in Sorrento, our code word for them was 'cupcake' and the police 'lumberjack'. It made for some very funny...

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May 25, 2014 - Fontana Di Trevi, Colosseo and more gelato

Another lovely sunny day in Rome, I had a buffet breakfast in the onsite restaurant and then caught the shuttle bus to the Vatican City and boarded the hop on hop off bus. Although these buses are really touristy, I've found them to be quite good travelling on my own. First stop for me was the Trevi Fountain, so I hopped off and followed a faint sign down a cobbled street until I found it. Wow. It really is beautiful and I bet even more so at night. Despite the crowd, I made my way down to the edge of the fountain and sat to take a few...

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May 24, 2014 - The Vatican City

Good morning Rome! After a quick chat to Mum (& Ava) in the morning, I did my laundry and updated emails/journals while I waited. The laundry facilities here are really good and it was a beautiful sunny day (got to about 30 degrees I think), so the stuff I didn't put in the dryer dried nicely in my room during the day. Laundry done, I bought my all-day metro ticket from the automated machine at reception and waited for a bus. I was planning to go to Termini to do the city tour, but after waiting a while, I got on the bus that would take me...

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May 12, 2014 - Italie...Giovanni et Alphonse.....back at Home

L’Italie. (60 millions d’habitants) J’avais vraiment manqué aux italiens après une absence d’au moins 4 ans. (Ils me l’ont tous dit). Bref peu de choses ont changées. Les tomates et le basiliques sont toujours frais et sur la table à coté de la mozzarella et des pates. Et n’allez pas demander un cappuccino après 11 h 00, c’est l’insulte suprême aux règles italiennes, c’est pire que le Pape qui a parlé de la cozza (bite) dans une interview. ;-) L’Italie se meurt! Contrairement à la croyance populaire ou on dit que la famille est la valeur la...

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May 8, 2014 - They say Rome wasn't built in a day...

...we well believe it! There is "stuff" everywhere Kev reckons. Mr Snap Happy was going wild with his camera today. At times, having both out at once! There is, honestly, something both visually magnificent and historically significant at every turn in the city centre. And today, we got to appreciate a lot of it. After a couple of fresh fruit cups for brekkie from the markets at our local square, we trotted a couple of kms to the Pope`s place. Soooo pleased I had the foresight to pre-book our tickets. We walked happily past the huge line...

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May 7, 2014 - Ready, set, Roma

My Venice local delivered me a wonderful caffè latte again this morning before we boarded our water-bus for the half hour ride to the train station. Italy is fast assuming pole position in the Gray's continental Europe favourites comp. Negotiating ourselves onto the train was a breeze after lugging our now, very heavy trolley cases on & off the water-buses. I feel some extra luggage charges coming on... The train ride to Rome provided some much needed down-time. We each caught some shut-eye while the train ripped through Padova, Bologna and...

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