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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 - 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 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 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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Oct 17, 2015 - Rome - Vatican museums

Last night was Maree's turn to have some trouble sleeping. Eventually we got up later than usual and had a small breakfast of yoghurt and a pastry that we had bought the night before. We left 'home' about 9:15 and walked to the nearby Metro station where we caught the train to the main station at Termini. Changing to the other line brought a big shock at the crowds. At first I didn't think that we would even get on the next train but somehow we all squeezed on. By the time we got to the station near the Vatican the train was almost...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Rome - Colosseum and all that.

Have I mentioned the traffic in Rome yet? I think not. Unlike all the other cities and towns we have visited where we felt quite comfortable crossing the road and walking along streets with no sidewalks Rome's drivers have us ever watchful and fearful for our very lives. There is a big game of bluff played out in the streets between drivers and pedestrians. Even at light controlled crossings you have to be prepared to step out and bluff the driver into stopping otherwise they just drive on through. The motorscooterists are by far...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Rome and cooking class #2

Tonight we had our second cooking class this one was with a delightful architect turned chef and cooking teacher, Aurelio Carraffa, who introduced us to "la cuchina romana". Even though we had made or attempted to make each of the dishes previously in Australia, these were a new experience. First off we started with bruschetta made with real tasting tomatoes, olive oil and basil. Then we started preparing our dessert which was to be tiramisu but unlike any we have ever tasted before. It included egg yolks and whites as well as...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Arrival in Italy

Saturday, October 10 Our two hour flight from Santorini's small, aging Nd disorganized to Rome International was uneventful. Our carrier was Vueling, a Spanish discount airline with brand new equipment but zero inflight service unless you paid for it, not even water. It was raining in Rome when we arrived I. Late afternoon, and it seemingly took forever for our luggage to arrive by conveyor belt. We walked to the Hertz car pickup, only to find that our vehicle was not ready for quick pickup, probBly as we had booked it through Auto Europe,...

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Sep 23, 2015 - Walking and Climbing

We did not hurry to leave this morning and had breakfast before setting off. We paused at the Piazza Venezia to see the balcony where Musollini addressed the Italian nation on several occasions. After watching the chaotic traffic in the giant traffic circle, we headed up the Via del Corsa. This appears to be Rome's main shopping street. Part way up we went into the Galleria Alberto Sordi, a shopping mall set in an old, and stately building. We wandered through it and saw the many motor bikes and scooters parked at its rear. We headed...

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Sep 22, 2015 - Garden but no Museum

We had breakfast in the hotel and set off for the hop on hop off bus. We again had quite a wait, but it came. We got upstairs at the first stop and enjoyed better views for the time we were on it. We got off at the stop closest to the Borghese gardens. As I mentioned yesterday, we were unable to get reservations for the gallery, so this was the next best thing. We walked round by one path, but really had no idea where we were going or what to see. We stopped a girl with a bike and a map, but she had no idea where she was, but told us where...

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Sep 21, 2015 - In the Steps of Ancient Rome

We were up and had a leisurely breakfast then Christine decided to have a rest day and read and do puzzles in the room. I set off for Palatine Hill and the Forum. It was an easy walk down the narrow street which contains our hotel, past Trajan's Column and across a broad street to near the Colosseum where I joined the line to purchase a ticket. Through security. You wonder why they need security for a site that is half demolished already, but I suppose when you think of what the fanatics are doing to Roman sites in Syria and Iraq, it is a...

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Sep 20, 2015 - Around Rome

We were not up too early this morning and had breakfast in the hotel. It is 40% of what they were charging in Nice, and just as good. We booked the hop on hop off bus at the front desk then collected our things from the room and walked to where we could get on the bus. It was a short walk past the Victor Emmanuel Monument. We did not have long to wait, but it was quite full, though we did manage to get a seat. We toured round Rome, but the bus was quite full most of the way and sometimes it was difficult to see. We got an idea of places and...

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