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Nov 10, 2008 - Enroute-Rome

November 10, 2008 In route from Beijing to Rome What an experience this has been. We left the hotel at 11:00 PM for the Beijing airport. When we got there the driver left one of our bags (the one with this computer in it) in the van and we had a frantic time trying to get it returned before we left. That was not the worst of it. We had carefully packed and weighed our bags so they would be in compliance with the airlines. Little did we know that Air China has completely different rules. When we checked in they told us we were 75 Kilos over...

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Nov 8, 2008 - Rome/Assisi

The drive to Rome after our time at Italy Farm Stay was blissfully stress-free. The campground in Rome was just off the main highway and easy to find. Camping Roma was quite a complex - tents, cabins, bungalows, a market, pool, disco, laundry, internet and spotless washrooms/showers! The bus stop to downtown was at the campground entrance and there was a huge supermarket across the street. We took the bus/subway downtown and spent the first night walking around the city which was beautiful. The next day we headed to Vatican City and its...

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Oct 24, 2008 - Rome

Hello there Frances my cousin took the day off work to show us around and be our personal tourist guide. We started abit slowly and wandered around to her place and we walked to the metro. Had a very sweet morning tea at a sicilian coffee shop and gave our pancreases a work out. Anna doesn't enjoy sweets so she had a toasted sandwich instead. Hit the feet and walked for couple of kms or streets whatever comes first. Went to the Villa Borghese a great but small museum that Frances recommended and she talked the way around every room. She was...

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Oct 23, 2008 - Rome

Hi there everyone Woke up in Roma today and travelled down to Roma yesterday and caught up with my cousin Frances and that was so cool. 16 years she has been living here and this is the first time any of my family have been here to see her neck of the woods. So we headed for the metro and found ourselves at the Spanish steps and then continued on all day going around the sights. We hopped on the tourist bus and went all round the major ones and Frances has taken the day off tomorrow to take and guide us to the real important ones. We hopped...

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Oct 15, 2008 - Rome

The slow pace quickens as we leave Tuscany and head to the bustling city of Rome, the center of the world. We dock at the "Surprising in Rome" and hit some of the highlights, Colleseum, Forum, etc.. After our first evening we get a stifling full day to take in Rome. It's probably all we'll be able to handle. We'll make sure to hit the Vatican in full and try some neopolitan pizza. See...

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Eurotrip Part Deux

Oct 9, 2008 - McRomed

We arrived in Rome on Tuesday and have been going non-stop since. The first day we arrived we walked around to a few places near our hostel and saw the Coloseam (sp?). That night Kathleen went out with her Australian guy, while I ate the free pasta at the hostel, went to the call center, talked to David and then went back a read til I feel to sleep. On Wednesday, we got up really early and met up with the Canadian girls (Chera & Andrea) and their new friend Andre, to head over to the Vatican. On Wednesdays the pope speaks, so we got to see...

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Oct 8, 2008 - Rome

To some of you this has probably been like the never ending story but finally folks a conclusion. We have had two more hectic days in Rome. The train ride from Venice was lovely. We were lucky enough to have double seats with no neighbours so were able to really stretch out and relax. I have become a huge fan of train travel – although next time we will definitely travel more lightly. A welcome change from our Paris experience meant that we got a cab straight away at the Rome terminus. As usual though we got nothing from the taxi driver...

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Oct 3, 2008 - Roma!

Randy Rome exudes excess. It is city of contrasts. Coming from the farmlands to the north, the city’s enormity was my first impression. Noisy, smoggy, indescribably chaotic driving, graffiti, litter, it’s all in your face from the moment you get off the train. My generally casual nature about my environment gets put on hold rolling into a new big city. I imagine thieves and worse lurking everywhere around the station exit. I’ve seen them before in places I no longer can put names to and my mind screams caution as I try to keep an eye on my...

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Sep 16, 2008 - Still in Rome

Angels & Demons Tour Up first today was the Angels & Demons tour . ***Spoiler alert!!!*** If you haven't read the book and don't want certain details to be ruined, skip this section. I won't reveal the ending or anything, though. Knowing that we would be coming to Rome, I bought the book so we could re-read it, the locale now having more meaning; then, we found out that an official Angels & Demons tour is actually offered, so we booked it! To get to the meeting point, we had our first Rome subway experience, which went pretty well, with the...

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Sep 15, 2008 - Explore Rome

European breakfast Today was the first day we were able to enjoy the buffet breakfast included at our hotel. The Europeans really know how to do breakfast. Our favorite was definitely the stuffed crossiants, and for Bob also the espresso. Too delicious. We were surprised at how many non-English, non-Italian speaking participants joined us at breakfast. Lots of Germans. I guess the Germans like to visit Italy. I just expected most of the tourists to be American. The amazing thing is that the front desk staff speak all of the languages....

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Sep 14, 2008 - Arrive Rome

Buon giorno from Roma! We made it! Time Zones Impaired We flew through Cincinnati, which is an airport where we have spent significant time. The last time we were there, I nearly scratched my eyeball out. This time, my eyes behaved, but my brain did not. My history of not being familiar with time zones is well documented, and nothing has changed. I thought we had about an hour to kill between flights, but, just in case, asked Bob, "This is still the Central Time Zone, correct?" Luckily he knew, because of his dealings with people in...

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Sep 12, 2008 - Ciao Venézia, Ciao Roma (Italian translation: Goodbye Venice, Hello Rome)

Friday – A drive down from Venézia to Roma drove through the flat plains around Venézia before entering the mountains at Bologna. The mountains weren’t too high but lots of tunnels. Past some of the hill top villages/towns that were settled after the fall of Rome. Checked in at the hotel and off to the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Lots of people in Roma, and on the steps. The Pantheon is amazing that a building built in the first century is still standing. A large dome that is perfectly positioned so that if the sphere was...

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