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Aug 22, 2009 - The first few days

So it's the end of the 4th day in Rome, and I don't think I've ever been this tired or hot in my life! Rome in August is like being in a desert and dying slowly. Romans don't believe in air conditioning (they think it will make them sick, if they have air, which is rare, they keep all their doors open too!) so all we have are a few small fans, which basically means you wake up with sweat dripping your neck after a nap or in the morning. Fun :) Rome is also really dead in August, especially the end of August because the whole city basically...

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Aug 9, 2009 - Rome

Horay, I enjoyed my first full night of sleep.. It's only taken two weeks, but you usually get woken up by the drunks and party goers...plus I've had a lot of drugs that may have helped also. It started out as a really hot morning and it got hotter as the day went on. I don't think I have sweated so much. We started the day catching the train in.. Our friend Sarah is so funny to be around, country girl from New Zealand. She was sitting next to me on the train and said look at that, isn't it cool. I said what, she said the bend, the train is...

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Aug 8, 2009 - Florence - Rome

Departed Florence for Rome. Another 3 hours or so on the bus, so a short day. Arrived at the Vatican, spent a couple of hours there, it was to the most confusing place, no map and little directions. Losts of Italians giving poor direction, and hence we didn't get to the church. We made it through the Vatican to the Sistine Chappel. To me not being a church goer it was ho hum... The weather was extremely hot... and I was just starting to feel a little better so I wasn't really up for over doing it.. There is no time to be sick on tour, no...

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Aug 2, 2009 - Rome in 48 Hours

While it’s true that Rome wasn’t built in a day, I’m a firm believer that it can be seen in a day. Of course, if you have the time, Rome is a wonderful city in which to linger over exquisite meals, wander amidst ancient ruins and while away the day people-watching in a piazza. However, Dena and I are girls on a tight schedule and there is much to be seen during our brief 2 nights in the Eternal City. We arrived in Rome late Friday afternoon and joined the masses on a hot and mostly miserable train ride into the city (welcome to Europe in...

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Aug 1, 2009 - Rome

Next stop on our Italian journey was Rome, a romantic city filled with the world’s most famous buildings and ruins. The whole city is World Heritage listed and it’s easy to see why, everything in this city such as stone laid-roads, old churches or statues creates great atmosphere. However it was very hot, too hot to be romantic. Most days it was around 38-40 degrees, and we walked around the city everyday over 10km, at the end we were very exhausted. But apart from the sweltering heat, we loved this city, and everything that this city has...

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Jul 25, 2009 - Leaving Madrid

The alarm woke us up early this morning, as we got up early to go for breakfast. Previously when we had gone for breakfast we thought that because it was later, (normally around 10:00), that they had run out of food. At 7:30 when we went down this morning, the restaurant was packed and they were out of just about everything. We had a quick bite, and then it was time to put Rose on the shuttle for her trip to the airport. She was flying out just before 11:00 to fly to England, where Aunty Jenny and cousin Eddy would be picking her up. It was...

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Jul 24, 2009 - Vatican Museum to Orvietto

Phew! Did Rome burn in a day?? We have certainly picked a hot time of the year to travel, but feel more acclimatised now.Ali is a whiz at getting our autotickets, so much easier than queueing up! We spent the morning at The Vatican Museums, visited so many more than the last time we were here. The Egyptian Museum was very interesting. There were perfectly preserveed 3000 year old mummified bodies on display. I had not taken in the enormity, variety & rarity of the displays in 2000. Finally arrived at the Sistine Chapel. Ali had an audio...

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Jul 22, 2009 - Arrivederci Roma

'You may have the universe if I may have Italy' – Giuseppe Verdi Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything ....by Elizabeth Gilbert page 24...' I want to learn how to speak Italian. For years, I'd wished I could speak Italiana language I find more beautiful than rosesbut I could never make the practical justification for studying it. Why not just bone up on the French or Russian Id already studied years ago? Or learn to speak Spanish, the better to help me communicate with millions of my fellow Americans? What was I going to do...

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Jul 22, 2009 - La Fontana di Trevi - deposit $1 for Anna, the cashier @ Woolworths Leichhardt

My work here is done..... Three coins in a fountain, Each one seeking happiness, Thrown by three hopeful lovers... Which one will the fountain bless? Three hearts by fountain, Each heart longing for its home; There they lie in the fountain, Somewhere in the heart of Rome. (Bridge:) Which one will the fountain bless? Which one will the fountain bless? Three coins in a fountain... Through the ripples how they shine. Just one wish will be granted; One heart will wear a Valentine. (Coda:) Make it mine, make it mine, make it mine. Three Coins in...

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Jul 21, 2009 - Return to Rome 2nd day - Written by: Julianne M. Necuze

Our last day in paradise began as we awoke to another scrumptious breakfast at Rome’s remarkable Hotel Madrid. Although before breakfast, Luis, Any, & Gaby stopped by the hotel’s lobby & took advantage of the free internet to do a little research on Fina’s 13th Annual World Championship, which is the world championship for aquatic events that is currently taking place here in Roma. Gaby & I had seen some of the events on T.V. already and saying that we were a tad bit excited to discover that the Men’s 10 Meter Diving Final was being held...

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Jul 21, 2009 - Rome

Rome We packed the car with all 6 of us and luggage and hit the highway for Rome. We were going to stay with Helen’s aunt in a convent in Rome. The drive was very long – it took us most of a day to get there. With the boys we had to stop a bit including McDonalds for lunch. Lucky we had this car as we had air conditioning and we could seat 7 (but with not much room for luggage). The convent was in a great location and once the car was parked we weren’t going to move it, as the traffic driving in did not fill me with confidence. The nun’s...

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Jul 20, 2009 - Day 1 in Roma

Di and Ali had an early start to the day (3.30 for Di)to make our 8.40 plane. Despite concerns for our dodgy Ryan air flight, we had a nice and smooth journey to Rome, seeing the Coloseum as we flew in over Rome. We finally found Papa Germano Hotel and set off to conquer Rome in half a day (helped by the fact that it doesnt get dark until 10pm)!! Gorgeous weather which is making Ali miss home! Some of the places we covered on shanks pony included Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Hadrians Wall Pantheon Colosseum and many other fountains and...

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