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Jun 23, 2015 - Day 29 Rome
Day 29 second last day in Rome Tuesday 23 June 2015 Woke up at noon after a crap sleep. We both had cough time...and hours awake. Plus we are both exhausted. Knowing we had a coliseum tour at 215 pm caused us to move a little. We headed off on foot the two kilometres to the coliseum. En route, we stopped at a pharmacy to get some cold and flu tabs. The machine there declined cerys' card, and then my debit card as well, so we paid in cash. We then found an tam and I used the spare debit card to draw cash. I managed to get the PIN number...Jump to full entry
Jun 20, 2015 - final day in Rome....
We have an early start to our day as we head directly to the Vatican. Vatican City is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. The total area consists of about 110 acres with a population of 842. It is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both population and area. Vatican City is an ecclesiastical state ruled by the Bishop of Rome - the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic Clergy from various national origins. We toured Vatican City and had the chance to see St. Peter's Basilica, the...Jump to full entry
Jun 19, 2015 - All roads lead to Rome...
We have an early departure as we make our way towards Rome. We drove across the Veneto Plain via Bologna, continue through Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio to Rome, the Eternal City. This was a long drive about 5 1/2 hours over 330 miles. We had the benefit of having a local specialist showing us around the two days that we had in Rome. We were able to see the the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna. This is a flight of 138 steps that is topped by the Trinita de Monti church. The square below is a major shopping destination in the city and hosts...Jump to full entry
Jun 17, 2015 - 3 hours for what? And sadness....
Finished our last day at Rome with a trip to the Vatican. Received an unfortunate phone call the night before - Cody, our 12 year old Sheltie, was very sick and hospitalized at the vet. Had a night of terrible vomiting and diarrhea (feeling bad for John Izler who is housesitting and caring for Cody) and was very lethargic when arriving at the vet. He had not responded to IV fluids and prognosis was not too rosy. With the time difference, we were up talking to the vet and deciding what to do well into the middle of the night. Decided to have...Jump to full entry
Today we boarded the Celebrity cruise ship Constellation which is special in that it was the same ship Bailey cruised the Baltic in 2006 (ship just 2 years old). However this time we have moved from an inside room in the bottom of the ship to the 7th deck with a balcony.....Movin' on up. Ship had recent major spruce up. http://www.celebritycruises.com/ships/celebrity-constellation?shipCode=CSJump to full entry
Jun 4, 2015 - Rome - Milan
We were able to have a bit of a sleep in this morning which was much needed! At 8am we caught a taxi to the train station in Rome which took over an hour in the peak hour traffic. Michael is a genius and was able to find our platform and train for us. While we were waiting for our train we saw the police pick up a few young women which we think may have been pickpockets. It was a 3 hour trip and we got business class seats which meant leather seats, more room and a lot less people. The train averages about 245km/hr and it was a really...Jump to full entry
Jun 3, 2015 - Rome (Day 4)
Vatican City Today we got up and hailed a cab to Vatican City for our tour which was scheduled to start at 11:00am. We arrived and found our location by 10:50; perfect timing! The tour started out with a discussion of the Sistine Chapel in the foyer of the Vatican Museum. No one is allowed to talk in the Sistine Chapel so the tour guide had to give us some history and explanation of the paintings prior to going inside. We listened to her for about 20 mins. The topic was very interesting but all of us were already dying from standing. We...Jump to full entry
Jun 2, 2015 - Rome (Day 3)
We are going to need a vacation from our vacation but that’s just par for the course for us… Today started out WAY TOO EARLY for me and Ashley. We got up as the sun was rising and headed to Piazza de Popolo at 7:00am. It was a holiday in Rome today and we were the only ones up that early. The city was deserted. As we walked to the Piazza, we had to go by way of the Spanish Steps. When we visited the steps a few days ago, there were hundreds of people lounging on them. This morning, Ashley and I had them all to ourselves. It was awesome and...Jump to full entry
Jun 1, 2015 - Rome (Day 2)
Rome Day 2 Today we slept late! We all needed some rest. I woke up at 6:30am and said, HELL NO! So, I went back to sleep and cracked my eyes open again at 9:45. MUCH BETTER! We leisurely got ready for the day and ended up leaving the apartment by 11:30. The first thing we needed to do was eat lunch so we grabbed some sandwiches at a nearby snack shop. Then we hailed a taxi to take us to Ancient Rome: The Colosseum and surrounding area. The taxi was a great call because it only cost 10 EU when we were considering a hop on/hop off bus for...Jump to full entry
Jun 1, 2015 - Still in Rome
Monday, June 1st. Being pretty confident in our ability to travel within Rome, we decided to extend our borders. In Roman times the mouth of the Tiber River was Rome’s seaport-Ostia Astica. A very busy and impressive harbour serving both the merchant trade and a military base. The ruins were supposed to be quite a site. No problem getting there by shuttle, train , metro, then train only to find this heritage site was closed on Mondays. Disappointed we decided to head to the coastal town of Cristofor Columbo, and find a place to eat. We...Jump to full entry
May 31, 2015 - Florence to Rome (Day 1)
Today we got up and prepared to leave Florence and head to Rome. A insider few tips related to Florence: - Give the horse and buggy/carriage rides a WIDE BERTH. A horse literally almost ran over me and when I jumped out of the way, the carriage he was pulling came really close to mowing me down. The driver could have cared less and never even looked back. I was shocked at how rude he was. - We have never encountered more clueless pedestrians anywhere in the world. The people in Florence literally acted like they were alone on the streets....Jump to full entry
May 30, 2015 - St. Peter's Basilica, The Vatican
Saturday, May 30th Vatican City-Day 2 Our trip into Rome was uneventful. There was some confusion in getting the tour group together with our leader but once we found her and had our earwigs in, everything went smoothly. Without a doubt this has to be the richest, grandest, most opulent structure we have ever had the privilege of viewing –St Peter’s Basilica. It would have been a serious mistake to have missed it. The first thing that struck us was size. To say it is huge would be like saying the Grand Canyon is a hole in the ground or the...Jump to full entry