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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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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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Oct 6, 2013 - Ancient Roma

Not quite as early a start today and we did another tour. This time it was to see the sights of Ancient Rome. The morning sky was lovely as we walked over to the Colosseum. We walked by Victor Emmanuel (the building to celebrate Italy's first king) and had to detour for a movie set. There were some great old cars for the movie. Our first stop for today's tour was the Colosseum which was an amazing place to visit. There is very little marble left (much of it was used to build the Vatican) and so it is mostly bricks that you see. It is oval...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Visiting the Vatican

We were up very early this morning to find our way by taxi to the meeting area for our Vatican tour which started at 7:35. No problem finding the place and we even had time for coffee as we visited with the other people also waiting for tours. We were finally off and in line when the skies got black and the lightning and thunder and eventually RAiN were upon us. Although we got wet, we were thankful that we were going in and not waiting in the line up for another hour like some people. You could see the water pouring off the glass roof. Our...

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Oct 4, 2013 - Roma or Bust

Another day, another adventure. Today's adventure started with a drive to Rome. We decided Sherril is almost an Italian driver as she was zipping in and out of traffic with all of them, even on the Autostrada where we think the speed limit was 130 km. They are absolutely crazy here but the best was yet to come when he got to Rome. Anyway Sherril managed to get us to the airport to return the car which was another adventure driving up a very narrow ramp 5 floors (twice because the first time we were in the wrong building) to reach the...

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Oct 3, 2013 - Denizli back to Rome

It is hard to say goodbye to Andy and Erica and the kids. But the good news is that we will see them in 2014, when they return to the States for a 4-5 month vacation. So it is a blessing to look forward to that. Vivian, Carson and Verity are such fun to be with and we can only imagine how much they will change and grow in the six months before we see them again. -------- We get into Rome in mid-afternoon and our flight to the U.S. is not leaving until tomorrow morning. Our driver takes us over to Crossing Condotti which is in a totally...

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Sep 18, 2013 - Entry 2

Hi everyone WE HAVE ARRIVED! OMG what a flight - 9 1/2 hrs to Hong Kong, a 9 hr wait in Hong Kong then 13 hrs to Rome. Anyway all is great, we were determined to not sleep when we arrived so we took off in the hire car to what we thought was the centre of Rome - very hairy experience Gaz was driving a left- hand drive car so many screams and shouts of DAD were heard as he crossed onto the wrong side of the road. All was well, we saw 2 amazing basilicas and a fountain ( not the Trevi) before becoming lost on our way home - we are staying 10...

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Sep 18, 2013 - Rome

Last full day in Rome! Did a little bit of shopping in the morning. Following that & a light snack, we headed out on a walk to the Trevi Fountain (crowds, crowds!), then to the Tiber River, & finally to the Pantheon built in 120 a.d. The engineering knowledge required to build this building then with it's large dome with an opening at the top is amazing to me. It seems that there is a part of history is missing that explains where this knowledge comes from at that time? Between the River & the Pantheon we stopped into a nondescript church...

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