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Jan 3, 2014 - Rome, The Eternal City

When the ship docks at Civitavecchia, it's still a long, long ways to Rome, an hour and a half each way by bus. So, with only a day in port, the buses pour out of the port area all hightailing it to the Eternal City. We were on one of those buses. We had been to Rome before but there are always sights to see. Of course, the Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheatre is one of those iconic sights. The ruins of the 157-foot high elliptical shaped structure shows off the many arches and seating levels. Although the colosseum dates to the 1st century...

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A Wedding & A Cruise

Nov 11, 2013 - Rome

Rome, November 11 Ah, Roma! Grammar and I had never been to Rome and we did not have a huge amount of time; so we signed up for an expensive bus tour that included the Vatican and a brief overview of Rome. After the 1½ hour bus trip to Rome, we arrived at the Vatican in the pouring rain. (Umbrella sellers - likely African refugees - were doing a brisk business; however the umbrellas were poor quality and we saw many inside out). Swarms of people without tickets were lined up to get in but we were whisked past them and, theoretically, into...

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Oct 21, 2013 - Mari Does Rome

Havent heard anything about Syria since I have been in Italy. Whats happening there now? Not much to write about what I am doing here that would interest the Journal folks much, but I did join a group for a day trip to some fabulous limestone caves east of here on the way to Ancona called Frassasi. They were found in 1971 and are huge! You can look them up on google. We also went to Osimo where St. Joseph of Cupertino last lived and where his body still is. He is known as the flying saint and the patron of students and decision makers....

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Oct 20, 2013 - Rome - Porte Portese Market

Margaret awoke with a tickly throat and felt she might have been in for a cold. Not wanting to jeopardise any of our trip time, we sensibly headed around the corner to the Tourist Medical centre. A short 15 minute wait, and into the doctor and nurse. Checked, antibiotics prescribed and out within 10 minutes, and no charge! Great service. Loved their sign (see pic) describing their services, including recipes! How handy. Prescription filled for just €6.50. Bargain! What joy to have Rome's largest Sunday flea market right in our...

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Oct 19, 2013 - Rome - Mission Space Bags

Margaret declared today her day of rest. Fair call - it is day 36! I wanted to check out some more wool shops, so I was happy to let Margaret regroup and head off for a couple of hours - or so I thought. Consulted my public transport guide, and my trusty map and headed off. On the map, it was a pretty straight forward walk through Trastevere, across the Ponte Sisto to the bus stop for the bus that would take me directly to Piazza Cavours in Lepanto and the two wool shops on my radar. I was so absorbed in my neighbourhood wander and busy...

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Oct 18, 2013 - Rome - Via Del Corso

The cheese man at our local market, as I have previously mentioned, is a delight. This morning I visited him for the ingredients for our lemon pasta. Lemon flavoured fettuccine, tossed after cooking with the freshest of ricottas, a cap of Limincello, smoked salmon and black pepper. Popped into the local for morning coffee, and truly felt like a local when my coffee was waiting for me with a big smile and "un a caffè latte, molto caldo". He had seen me crossing the square. Saw some more magnificent parking (see pic) on our way to the tram...

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Oct 17, 2013 - Rome - On the buses!

We lined up at the bus stop with the local mummas to catch the 115 bus to the Vatican. The bus drive there was amazing, across the top of the hill with full views of Rome laid out below. With nowhere near the crowds of yesterday, we set about for our tour. As well as beggars galore, Sudanese immigrants flogging everything from scarves to souvenirs to jewellery, there are touters for guided tours at every turn. We asked one chap if we could just do the Sistine Chapel and Basilica as that was enough for Margaret in one visit. To include the...

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Oct 16, 2013 - Papal Audience and Cardinal George

Our first visit to the Vatican today, the original reason for bringing Margaret on this holiday (it did start out as just a trip to Rome and the Vatican, but somewhat grew from there). It is the day of the Papal Audience, and we have arranged through Cardinal George Pell, a family friend from his years in Ballarat, for special tickets. Travelled by bus Domus Australia, George's residence and guest house in Rome. We explained to the young man on reception that we were friends of Cardinal Pell and were here to collect our tickets. He gave us...

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Oct 15, 2013 - Rome Discovery

Woke this morning with a Vegemite craving. Took till day 32, so pretty good. Around the corner to Piazza S Cossimato to raid the local market for crusty bread. It's a great little market, full of locals and very friendly. The cheese man was wonderful. He spoke English and regaled us with stories about his huge array of cheese, where they were from, how they tasted and how to use them. He and his mother shared a recipe for a lemon pasta with ricotta and smoked salmon. Will definitely have a go at that before we leave. Popped into the cafe...

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Oct 14, 2013 - Hello Rome

A warm farewell from Alberto and his lovely wife, Lisa - who carried all our luggage downstairs, God bless her. Waiting at Meta for the Circunvensuvia to Naples, Margaret engaged a Filipino nun in conversation. She was 34, had taken the veil in 2002, and was not long off being fully professed. She was living with her community in Meta and visited home every four years. Found it very sad to be away from her family. She promised to pray for our continued safe travels. Can't hurt. Made a smooth transfer into Naples - no falling for the...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Exploring Roma

We decided to go off in our different directions today so this entry will be mainly my day. I started at Capitoline Hill and after a nice long flight of stairs arrived at a great view point high above the Forum. Since it was still early thee were fewer tourists and tours and the view was quite expansive from above rather then being there the day before at ground level. The ruins are quite a sight to see. Next I strolled down the main street, Via del Corso. This street is a main shopping street and runs from one end to the other. Many major...

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Bella Italia!

Oct 6, 2013 - Mari in Rome

Bona Serra! Have had a couple of good days here in Rome. Bought a three day pass that has been good. Covers all transport *the metro is good* and entry into two things. That in itself made it worth it because I could just walk past the LONG ticket line at the Colloseum and a similar one at the Forum today. Last time I was here in 1972 with AYH the Colloseum was closed so nice to get in now. But the crazy traffic that used to be around it is gone. Only walking there now. The Forum is different too. Then you could walk all over, now it is...

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