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Sep 29, 2014 - Back to Rome

Back to the real world. About 3 km walk to the train station, then caught the train to Rome. Soooo much easier dealing with this at a small station instead of Roma Termini. Back to our old Hotel Montecarlo and the room was ready within an hour or so, we just enjoyed the wifi while waiting. Later we walked down Via Nationale to the Piazza Venezia. Rome is so wonderful to walk around. Ancient artifacts at every corner. How did they do it?

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Sep 17, 2014 - Civitivecchia transportation day

Got up early because we had decided to catch the 9:57 train from Rome to the cruise port. Made the 15 minute walk to the train station, bought the 2 tickets for 22 Euro total (a drive to the port was 100 Euro), and there the easy part ended. The ticket didn't say which platform the train left from. We tried to figure it out without success. A couple of gypsies wanted to help us but we had been warned about that! A man working in a kiosk sent us to platform 21 where a train was waiting. We got on, found a compartment and then weren't sure we...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Vatican City

What a day today, We used the second day of our hop on hop off and went to St Peters. This time on the bus we were lucky and got the very front seat. The traffic is incredible and no one seems to get angry and very little honking. We got off at St Peters. It was a 3 hour wait just to get inside, a wait mostly up sheltered from the sun. We chose tal walk around and then bought a tour for 35 Euro each which took us in a group entrance -total pandemonium , however we got inside and saw a couple of hours worth of incredible art and antiquity. I...

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Sep 15, 2014 - Rome day 1

Hot, hot day today. Had a great breakfast at the hotel and packed, again, to move to Montecarlo Hotel. They gave us a huge room because we got shuttled last night. We bought a two day pass for the hop on hop off bus. Did a full circuit and came home for a nap. I had no idea of the amount of ancient buildings that are in wonderful condition here. I don't think you could see them all if you came for a month. Walked over to the basilica after nap time and it is an amazing place. Hopped back on and explored a couple more places. We are trying a...

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Sep 15, 2014 - Move to Rome

Well, it was quite a day. Tube to Victoria station, Train to Gatwick, then to Easyjet, When they say you can take one bag on board, they really mean it.....not a bag and a purse, not a bag and a backpack.....one item only. So we paid to check another bag. 30 pounds for a 2 hr flight for a carryon size. Live and learn. The plane seat configuration was pretty tight and we left 30 min late because they had to remove a passenger and their bags but we ended up at the Rome airport safe and sound. Got train tickets for Rome - when we got there...

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Sep 3, 2014 - 12 Day Grand Mediterranean Cruise: 1st Port Venice

We toured some more on Venice and bought some trinkets including a Venice sailor hat for Ken. We enjoyed sipping wine along the side of the Canal using the stolen wine glasses from the evening before as we took pictures and strolled the alleyways and courtyards. We made a snack pit stop in one of the squares to enjoy a bottle of wine at a restaurant where we could sit outside and people watch. They provided us with an unlimited supply of potato chips! Another Toe Pic was taken overlooking the Grand Canal sipping our vino tinto. We...

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Living the Dream

Sep 1, 2014 - Departure and Pre-Cruise stay in Rome, Italy!

We booked a 19 day European adventure with our friends Ronnie & Sandra. This is the first time we have waited to take 3 weeks of vacation in the fall versus winter. Unfortunately, Europe has similar weather to us so if you go in our winter months you will be just as cold! We were also told if you travel in the summer months you will be waaaayyyy too hot. September - mid-October are great times to travel to Europe and the prices start dropping if you go in early October. After looking at the itinerary and determining the cruise stop in Rome...

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Living the Dream

Jul 29, 2014 - Vini Vidi Mangiato

Julius Caesar produced one of the longest lasting quotes of all time, "Vini Vidi, Veci". I came I saw I conquered. This quote was perfect for the egotistical dictator who really began the massive expansion of the Roman Empire and started the rule of the emperors. Being better than Julius, I decide to improve his quote to that of the title of this entry, "Vini Vidi Mangiato" roughly translating to I came I saw I ate. Boy have we ate. So much so that we have already constructed a reputation among the group that when they don't finish their...

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Cascianis Go Home

Jul 28, 2014 - no chefs insulted on our first day

Great first day in Rome! Lots of walking, easily we walked 10 miles over cobblestone streets. Hard to imagine that shoe designers had Rome in mind when they created stiletto heels. The forum and coliseum are truly more interesting than the pile of rubble I expected. Now I see there is no reason to paint my kitchen, it is just an early Roman-empire style! We sampled pizzas and fresh mozzarella for lunch, served family style, not many leftovers at our table, making the boys a fast favorite of the guides. For dinner we ventured out on our own...

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Cascianis Go Home

Jul 27, 2014 - Day 1: Flight and first day in Rome

After an 8.5 hour flight we got to the hotel and were greeted by the Disney staff and got checked in. Our first event is not until 5:30 local time (which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time) so we decided to walk around and see the Vatican City. Our first event is a dinner with the rest of the group and the menu includes gnocchi, a beef dish and gelato, we are looking forward to that!

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Cascianis Go Home

Jul 26, 2014 - Rome Italy

Our ship ported in Civitavecchia which is about an hour and a half from Rome. Since we had been to Rome in the past and had already done the touristy things, we decided to do a Walking Food Tour of Rome. Our tour was called Taste Of Testaccio and this is what they had to say about it: "We’ll guide you through the original foodie neighborhood of Rome, Testaccio. We take you away from tourist crowds to the places locals cherish but tourists rarely get to experience. With over 12 delicious tastings, and multiple cultural and historic stops,...

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Mediterranean Cruise

Jul 17, 2014 - Rome

The drive to Rome was not too long. We had to wake up early though because we needed to get to the Vatican for out tour. It was a Saturday and the Vatican is not open on Sundays. The Sistine Chapel was amazing. You are not allowed to take pictures (but I may have been sneaky) and you are not allowed to speak. There are guards shushing you if you do. It's crazy how Michelangelo was not a painter because was one of the most beautiful pieces of art I have ever seen.  After the Vatican we went on a walking tour of Rome. There are ruins...

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Taking Back My Brave

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