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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 - 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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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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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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Apr 27, 2008 - Return to Rome

Return to Rome: We shared a van with two other couples from the port of Civitavecchia back to Rome yesterday. This saved us about $100. After checking into our hotel, we were extremely pleased with the large room on the top floor with a great view. After being in the room for only one hour, they advised us they had made a terrible mistake and given us a deluxe room when we had only paid for a standard room. I'm writing this enry from our current room that has a view of the top of a tree (Oh well). After changing rooms, we toured the church...

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Apr 23, 2008 - Buon Giorno in Romà

23 April - Day 1 Rome, a look around After arriving to a wonderful welcome from our hosts in Rome, Paolo & Raffaella, we did a little exploring before settling in for our first night in this wonderful city. Our first morning we decided to join one again (& please don't be surprised!) a hop-on hop-off bus tour. We did the tour as far as Castel Sant' Angelò where we wandered around before a lunch at a pizza restaurant. In the afternoon we completed the circuit. Jennie & Sarah came back for a rest & I went for a wander finishing my day at the...

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Apr 13, 2008 - Italia!

Hello all! It has been QUITE awhile since I have updated, but with good reason, I promise! School has been going very well- midterms in Spain were quite the experience, but I think that all of us fared well. The weekend after midterms were over, my friends and I hopped on a plane to Italy! We flew into Milan and spent a night in the 'fashion capital of the world'. The Duomo cathedral in Milan is absolutely breathtaking- it makes me wonder what all of the fuss is about the Duomo in Florence... the next day, we took the train to Florence...

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Apr 10, 2008 - New grandchild born 12 hours before trip

What a way to send us off on our vacation - Christine having a baby. We're grateful that she had the baby before we left. We would have been stressed worrying about her and the baby if we had left prior to the baby's arrival. Mother and child are fine. She weighed in at 7 lbs, 4 ozs and 19 1/2 inches long. We made it to the airport without too much hassle; thanks for driving us Mikey. We didn't get there as early as I wanted (but then maybe I've a little compulsive). We're be posting our first shots of Rome within minutes. Thanks for...

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Apr 10, 2008 - Italy Here We Come

We just found this site this morning and hoping to add to it during our trip to keep everyone informed about our trip. Not sure we can add pix, but at least we can make entries. We're so excited to be beginning our adventure today. 9 months of planning--like anticipating a baby like Sara and Vince----NOT really! Leaving US Hoping to make connections and praying bags will make it through Newark in an hour and 10 minutes. Practicing Italian on the way--buonjourno!

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Apr 5, 2008 - Rome

Finally we arrived in Rome at 9:30am April 5th, turning a 23 hour flight into a 27 hour one!! So yes, we were tired and frustrated but glad to be on land. We met our Trafalgar Tour guide, Calvin, who escorted us to our hotel, Carlo Magno, in Rome and then went on a brief driving tour of Rome. After dinner, Antonella’s cousin and her family came to Rome to meet up with us. First thing you notice about Rome is the absolute lack of road rules and traffic consideration for others. They are so dangerous!! Parking on the sidewalk, speeding, NOT...

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