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May 16, 2009 - Old Rome

1:17 pm - So it turns out that finding an internet connection that works well is somewhat hit & miss. Something about ancient cities that prevents them from completely accepting the modern era I guess. I went to the Roman Forum, Palantine Hill, & the Colosseum today. I sat under the trees on Palantine Hill eating lunch & trying to picture the young Romans climbing the steps to go lounge in the shade of the gardens. Its amazing how well preserved somethings are - and how little remains of other things. Our cities may cover larger areas, but...

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May 15, 2009 - Rome

5:42 am - Still on the plane, just waking up after trying to sleep sitting up right. I tried taking a sleeping pill - it just didn't work that well... Either the older italian gentleman next to me is trying to play footsie or he isn't big on the concept of personal space. Of course it is an airplane, we've been in the air for several hours, and his socks are very soft... 11:49 am - carrying a backpack through the metro is not quite ideal, but i've survived. I'm at the hostel & taking a break to get re-oriented. There's a patio on my floor...

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May 15, 2009 - Rainy- but who cares....

Had a slow morning- my favorite kind. It was raining, so Kadu ate a couple of apples and watched movies while I dumped out all of our luggage and thoroughly repacked. I’m afraid to mail any other clothing home given the fact that the next three weeks hold Greece, Paris and Iceland. You never know what you might need (or want in order to look cute!) We then went in search of the laundromat, where I thought I could do my OWN laundry- but turns out I had to let them do it. At $12 euro a load that really stings. I’d rather stay in cheap places...

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May 14, 2009 - 12 K trek!

What an amazing day…..what an amazing place. Storybook comes to mind. There are five little villages on this section of the coast, hence the work “cinque”. There is a trail that is part coastal, part inland, and mostly hilly and craggly that is 12 kilometers long. Kadu and I did the whole thing today and had an amazing time. We stopped and had a granita (fresh fruit slushy) at the second village. Had lunch at the third, walked through the fourth and had a gelato at the fifth. We are staying in the first of the villages- depending on which...

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May 13, 2009 - Florence to Cinque Terre

Wow. I mean WOW. Got up and went in search of my camera- actually found the restaurant, and the same guy was working- took one look at me and went in the back to retrieve it. Hallelujah! Now we can go. Took a quich detour to say goodbye to a cute waiter we met the other day, then off to get the luggage and get on the train. Met a nice girl from Glasgow on the train, so the hour went fast. We had like a half hour stop in Pisa (skipping the leaning tower this time) and another 45 minites to our stop. Kind of a hot walk to the guesthouse, but...

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May 13, 2009 - Roma: Spanish Steps, Vatican, and Sistine Chapel

My itineray for today read as a day of R&R, but I still had much more to see in Roma. The subway makes getting around very easy, however one does not see what is above the underground between the stations. My revised plan was to take the subway to the Spanish Steps, and then return to St. Peter's for the remainder of the day. I wanted to walk back to St. Peter's to enjoy Santa Maria del Popolo and to have a closer look at the river, Fiume Tevere, yet I realized that I could not afford this hour or more when I was going to be visiting the...

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Italy Spring 2009!

May 12, 2009 - Huge Day

We had a leisurely morning at hit our first museum at 11:30. It was the Acadamia, which houses the original David. While impressive, I have to say I like my man Bernini’s sculptures in the Borghese museum in Rome better. Other than David, the museum was pretty small- which is good because we had another in the afternoon. In between we got our train tickets for tomorrow to Cinque Terra, made our reservations at a guest house (with help from the front desk) and had some pizza. The pizza is better in Rome too, somehow. Crispier crust, better...

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May 11, 2009 - First real day in Florence

Florence is pretty, but I have to say Rome has more of a wow factor. Rome is flashy with color and has an air about it, Florence is more subtle. Turns out all of the museums are closed 2 Mondays of the month, and today is one of those Mondays. There was plenty to do and see in any case. We found a little supermarket and bought bananas and cookies because the breakfast at the hotel was pretty gross. We walked down to the river (Fiume Arno) and looked at the rowers going by. There are bridges going over the river about every quarter of a mile...

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May 10, 2009 - Shoot me now....oh, and Happy Mother's Day

Today is not the best example of what a holiday should be. It started out okay, but went in the crapper pretty quickly. We ate, got ready, and were out the door when we should have been at 10:30am. I figured even if it took 2 whole hours to get to the airport, we’d still be in good shape for our 1:30 flight. It’s just a 30 minute jaunt to Florence, so an hour was plenty of time. What I did not count on was Kadu talking so incessantly that I missed the train station. Are we going on a train? How many trains? How many stops? Are we going on a...

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May 10, 2009 - Rome: The Ancient Centre

Today was a day in ancient history, far more enjoyable than any course or text book. With an on-and-off city bus ticket for the day, I spent most of the day right in this historical area of the city. Palantine The Palantine was my first walk about when leaving the bus. It is very green and a park-like setting. Ruins are everywhere- some more intact than others. However, when I realized that this is where Romulus' hut was located in the 9th century BC, it is very amazing to see the actual artifacts. After leaving this green space, I set out...

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Italy Spring 2009!

May 9, 2009 - Another Full Day!

This morning Rome wasn’t every nice to me, but the day improved. We were up and out early, and downtown by 9:30 or so. We walked from the train station to Vatican City in hopes of seeing the main museum and the Sistine Chapel before my noon doctor’s appointment. My guidebook said to go early because there is always a long line. Now, I understand that 9:30 is not early, but it takes 45 minutes to get there by train from out hotel, and before that we had to shower and eat breakfast- so to be there at 9:30 means I got up at 7:30, which is...

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May 8, 2009 - Roma

I woke up about 5am because I thought someone had shoved an ice pick between my shoulder blades. Nope- just me getting old. Excruciating. Took me 20 minutes to crawl (yes, crawl) out of bed to get to the ibuprofen. 800 milligrams. 2 hours later another 800. Holy crap, I have alot of gripes, but a bad back really isn't on my list. A few cricks here and there that are easily taken care of at the chiropracter- but this is a new animal altogether. The young woman at the front desk, who deserves a medal for putting up with my 8 million questions...

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