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May 27, 2008 - Hong Kong - Rome

In the very early hours of 27 May we departed Hong Kong on Cathay’s Airbus A340. Rows 69 and 70 – you can’t get further back! Nonetheless, we all enjoyed reasonable sleeps and caught a couple of movies, and the 13 hrs went by quite well. Landed in Rome at 6.50am, and already 26 degrees. We were met on arrival and driven to Hotel Zara, a small hotel nestled in a busy area quite close to the Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately we couldn’t check-in until midday, so despite being slightly tired and decidedly ‘ripe’, we left our bags and went for a...

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May 26, 2008 - Arrival :)

As tired as I was, I was extremely flabbergasted to have arrived in Rome. As soon as the plane flew over the city I knew it was going to be magic. I had mixed feelings, don't get me wrong ALL of them happy ones, I was nervous, anxious, elated, excited, and I can go on and on... :) After arriving in the Villa Maria we checked in relaxed a bit then went on a tour of the upper Trastevere neighborhood YEAY exciting. At this moment I'm basically taking pictures of EVERYTHING I see JAJAJAJA, unfortunately photography is NOT my forte. i am elated...

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May 22, 2008 - Rome

Hey, all! Sorry it has been so long since an entry. We met up with our group in Rome, and have had a lot going on. Rome is a big city with a lot of hustle and bustle. We did see the Vatican, though we didn't make it inside and went to the collesium, again not going inside. We only had a very short time there, so we weren't really able to devote much time to any one thing. It was pretty surreal being there, especially in front of the collesium. We all break off into little groups after an optional morning orientation walk around the city....

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May 22, 2008 - Italy

An inventor named Leon Battista Alberti invented the cipher disk in 15th century Italy. This allowed spies to vastly expand the possible code combinations that they were able to employ. (Allen, p. 9) Girolamo Cardano lived in 16th century Italy. He was a physiscian, mathematician and cryptographer. He invented the Cardano Grille, another form of encrypting messages. You can learn more about this tool at http://library.thinkquest.org/27993/crypto/steg/classic1.shtml. Cardano also inspired future spymasters extraordinaire like Cardinal...

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May 18, 2008 - Arriverderci Roma!

Hello All! Meg at the keys here. (Thoms busy chillin' with a cold beer on the wide marble window ledge of our room watching darkness fall and the city come to life. I will be joining him shortly) Tonight is our last night in bella Roma. We leave in the early morning tommorrow for Pisa, home of the now not quite so leaning tower. You might or might not have heard from us earlier, so some of this may be a repeat. Dad and Erin, I know you've heard most of this, but its okay, you can hear it twice. Mom, I missed talking to you as you were...

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May 17, 2008 - Rome

We didn’t plan on visiting Rome this time, but as all roads lead to Rome we couldn’t resist! They say a lifetime isn’t enough for Rome, so our 3 days certinaly wouldn’t be. After the usual 2 hours of driving around getting lost trying to find the camp ground we got on the train and headed straight into Rome. Its great that everything is within walking distance, on the first day we got to visit all the ‘semi major’ sites, the Trevi Fountain, the Panthenon, the Spanish steps and a couple of the piazzas. It seems every street you look down...

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May 14, 2008 - Rome, Italy

This morning we got up really early and zoomed to Rome so we could get into the sistine chapel as its not open on sunday the day we were supposed to look at it. The sistine chaple was amazing, we also looked at all the surrounding museams and st peter basillica. It is huge. Also saw some of the tombs of the past popes. The vatican city was amazing but very very hot an humid. Thats night went into the city and had dinner with a small group. More pizza and pasta. The next day we did a guided walk around Rome and saw the Ruins and the...

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May 6, 2008 - Roma!

Hiya Currently in Roma, after a morning spent in Florence. Florence was lovely, but over run with tourists. By 12pm, it was hard to move. It would have been so nice to have experienced it without everyone else! Lots of good shopping to be had, especially the leather bags! The cathedral and Ponte Vecchio were lovely highlights. Too short a time there, as is the theme of this tour, really. I guess it really is just a taster. So, tomorrow, we venture out to see the Vatican, and the other sights of Rome. In reality though, we may not get much...

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May 4, 2008 - When in Rome...

Ciao from Rome! We are finally in Rome!!!! It was a very long day of travelling to get here (left Corfu island hostel at 6:00pm, took taxi to port, ferry to Igoumenitsa (mainland Greece), overnight ferry to Bari (mainland Italy), arrived in Bari 9:30 am, train to Rome left at 1:30pm, very very pretty train ride through wine country, arrived in Rome 6:00pm) ... *sidenote, none of the extra keys, like asterisks, are where you would think they would be on this keyboard, making typing very interesting! Once we arrived in Rome, we came into...

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May 4, 2008 - Ten Days Out

We have had a very full time the last ten days and no time for the journal. We had an uneventful flight to Singapore and on to Rome. Singapore's Changi Airport is AMAZING! They even have a pool and spa while you wait for your connecting flight and the shopping mall is out of this world! Rome aiport was a different matter what a dump and security is so lack. We had to wait in Rome for our hotel room as it was not ready so we went on abus tour around the city after not having sleept for 23 hours! We finally got into our room and went almot...

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Apr 30, 2008 - Rome

Rome is the capitol of Italy and was also the capitol of the Roman Empire. Rome is on both sides of the Tiber River. It is sometimes called "The City of Seven Hills" because it was built on seven hills. The public square is a common feature of Rome. Rome is known for the "Elegance and Beauty" of its squares. Rome is Italy's major business and commercial center, and is the chief center of government. The Colosseum, located in Rome, is one of the most impressive structures remaining from the Imperial period. Aqueducts are also found. The...

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Apr 28, 2008 - A week in Rome

Hi friends Welcome to our last update from Dublin, covering our trip to Rome where we spent the week beginning 15 April. Once again sorting through the bewildering array of discount airlines, Bahn boy went with the cheap and fairly cheerful Ryanair. Ryanair has the advantage of being very cheap, and flies into secondary airports. This can be an advantage if you carefully check just where the secondary airport is, and has worked well for us going into Gatwick and thus avoiding the chaos that is Heathrow, and in Rome, going to Ciampino which...

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