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May 29, 2015 - Vatican Museum

Friday, May 29th We had fast become experts in travel within Rome using their transportation network. Shuttle bus to train , to metro, hop on the red line going west, off at the Otaviano San Pietro Station then walk about 3 km to the Vatican Museum. What an incredible display of artwork displayed in these buildings. Imagine a hall, 2 football fields in length with its walls adorned with tapestries 20’ by 30’ in size. Each one magnificent in colour and design. I was able to peer closely at a few and was awed by the intricacy of the weaving....

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May 28, 2015 - Day 2 - Rome

Cerys and I had a great sleep! We were so stuffed! Awoken by the banging of our neighbours leaving, and the excitement of being in Rome, Italy, Europe! Breakfast consisted of a fine spread of baked goods, pastries, cold meat, cheese and hard boiled eggs, as well as cereals juices and coffee....and that was just what I had! The coffe was superb! Best black coffee ever! We must be in Italy. We left the hotel on foot and headed toward termini - the central rail station. On the way we met an executive from Dior! We had walked less than a...

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May 28, 2015 - Rome

Thursday, May 28th What a busy touring day we had. I had spent last evening mapping out a course of attack while Bill struggled with the lack of WiFi access trying to book tours for the Vatican Museum and the Vatican . No luck with the Vatican tour but we were booked for the Museum and Sistine Chapel the next day. Off to the train station to catch the train to Rome, with our trusty map and tour directions in hand we went. One of the many things we learned about getting around Rome was the 1E50 that Bill paid at our camp per person was good...

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May 28, 2015 - Rome Italy

Vanni says we missed the Rome rush hour traffic. I am not so sure. As soon as our suitcases arrived in our room we went to the Rome train station, a block and a half away to check things out and see about verifying our tickets which is the Italian law. The place is a madhouse and we look like gawking tourists. Immediately a young woman, well dressed with a lanyard tucked into her blouse appears at our side and says in perfect English: "May I help you?" We said yes and she told us to follow her. Now we have been told throughout Europe to...

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May 26, 2015 - Rome

Tuesday, May 26th. We hopped on the toll way and made our way to “Camping Tiber”. Reservations had been made and we were expected. Imagine us, camping on the Tiber River. Shortly after we had set up camp the rain started. We spent time pouring over our guide books wondering how to tackle Rome. It seemed a monumental and unachievable task. We reminded ourselves that we had no time restrictions and that eased the task somewhat. We decided that if it didn’t look like rain we would take the train in and catch the “Hop on Hop off” Red, Double...

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May 26, 2015 - Rome

Today it was an early wake up to be at breakfast at 6.30 for a 7.15 departure. We went to the Vatican Museum and St Peter's Basilica and then to the Forum and the Colosseum. After the Vatican we went to a shop attached and Michael bought rosary beads for our home and every day at 2pm if he is available Pope Francis blesses things people leave and they are delivered to your hotel. We got back to the hotel just after 1 and I was absolutely starving so Michael and I found a restaurant around the corner from our hotel and had the best pasta...

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May 25, 2015 - Zurich - Rome

We took off from Hong Kong late last night and had a really great flight to Zurich. We both managed to get a fair amount of sleep and we are now at the Zurich airport waiting for our flight to Rome this afternoon. The Zurich airport is the most amazing, clean, modern, organised airport I have ever seen. I am already getting into the swing of Switzerland with a Toblerone on the plane at about 2am and a delicious swiss chocolate in the airport lounge for my second breakfast. I may have to sample a few more before our flight this afternoon! We...

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May 22, 2015 - Rome, Italy (Days 3 & 4)

Well day 3 was a busy one. We thought we would try our luck riding the railway in Rome and we managed to find ourselves at our destination ...... the Vatican City. Now we'd been told before that it is worth paying an extra 10 - 15 euros and skip the queue, that way we would be able to just enter the museum first, the Vatican and finally St Paul's Basilica. So we found a little Indian guy who promised us no queues. We followed him down an alley and into this tiny little shop front. We each (Daff, Paul, Craig and I) paid our 50 euros and...

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May 21, 2015 - Rome - Part 2

Rome is such a massive city in so many ways. Massive churches almost around every corner, the huge personalities of the locals, and vast crowds at every iconic landmarks of Rome. So, it's lovely to happen across the small treasures that also make this city memorable. Around one corner, in the nook of an old stone staircase, is a small fig tree trying to set down roots. Along another street are a group of four young boys, about 6-8 years of age, playing football (soccer) and arguing about whether there was a goal. Through an open doorway is...

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May 18, 2015 - Rome - Part 1

What can anyone say about Rome ... The Eternal City. We all know the iconic landmarks: The Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps, to name a few. Even if you've not been to Rome, I bet you feel like you've been here because of documentaries, movies and phtos that you've seen. It's easy to conjure up images. But, it's not easy to give you the smells ... the enticing smell of pizzas being baked in the pizzeria'a stone oven ... the mouth-watering aroma of pasta sauce wafting out of a trattoria ... and the sweet...

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May 18, 2015 - Visiting the Vatican

Up at 7:30 – a late morning! Down to breakfast at the hotel – continental style. About 9:00 we meet Ennio our guide at the hotel lobby. We walk over a couple blocks and he stops to show us one of the markers showing where Jewish people had been taken and sent to the concentration camps. Finally we go down into the Rome metro and head off to the Vatican. The first thing we saw was the very very long line of people waiting to get tickets to get into the Vatican. Must have been 500+ people. Since we had made arrangements with the guide we got...

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May 16, 2015 - Roma!

We finally landed in Rome about 10:00 AM and go through passport control then pick up our bags. We head out of the station and find our driver with little trouble. Then off we go through the heart of Rome. Pass many sights both old and new. At many intersections there were people with squeegees who would wash your car windows for a tip. The mostly looked like immigrants. After going around the block several times our driver had to call to find out where the hotel was. We finally arrived and we checked in. Very friendly clerk who joked...

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