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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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May 8, 2009 - All Roads Lead to Rome

5/8/09 All Roads Lead to Rome All roads really do lead to Rome. Rome served as the culmination of a lifetime of traveling; showing my 13-year-old son the place that made me fall in love with traveling at age 13. Rome also summarized our travels to date; in the Vatican museum we saw 1) Egyptian equities like the Romanized statue of Anubis (the embalming god) and the “Nile” statue complete with hippos, crocodiles, and pygmies, 2) busts from the Roman ruins at Palmyra, Syria, and 3) the original statue of R. and his sons that we saw as a...

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May 8, 2009 - Heading home from Rome

It's actually here. The dreaded last day of our fabulous trip. Well it ended much like any other cruise does with Early announcements, etc. We had the earliest departure time because our flight leaves Rome at 10:20 am and we are about an hour from the airport. We were literally the first passengers to pile off the ship at 6:30 a.m. and our bags weren't even off the ship yet. I guess I could of had a nice breakfast after all! Well they finally came and the mini van we reserved was waiting. We headed onto the highway which runs south down the...

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May 7, 2009 - Another travel day

So I have to say, Malta really grew on me. I do know with certainty that I would never want to live there, but it was a cool place to visit. People are a little brusk- they sound like they're yelling at each other most of the time- but they're nice. Always helpful, polite, and willing to go overboard for my kid. Malta is unbeleivably safe, and I never felt I needed to look over my shoulder...even in crowded places or at night. It is very crowded, the living spaces and centuries old buildings (as well as the brand new ones) are very close...

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Apr 25, 2009 - Bones, bones and more bones

First let me start by saying...PICTURES will arrive soon. We are really sorry for the delay, however we are not able to use our computer right now to upload the photos, so we plan to do this when we get to Siena. Today was our last day in Rome, and we certainly had a great day. We started off at Saint Maria della Contezione and the Capuchin Monk Crypt. Not just any crypt though, as the walls and ceilings were decorated with the bones of 4000 monks to make works of art. I never thought vertebrae and ribs could make a beautiful ceiling...

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Apr 25, 2009 - Rome day 2

Sat 25th April 2009 Weather:-Sunny—20 degrees Liberation Day—Italy (J) The cobblestones won today, we have been walking around Rome since 8:30am and it is now 3:30pm, our calf muscles are sore but we have had lots of fun. We did not manage to get lost once today, it says a lot for a clear head. We managed to make it to the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuelle 2nd’ for the 64th Anniversary of the Liberation of Italy, all the forces were out on parade and made a colorful picture with the different plumes in their hats. Onwards we sauntered and...

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Apr 24, 2009 - Oh the Vatican City...Swiss soldiers are awesome

Today we made it to our 3rd and final country for the trip today...Vatican City. It was much more difficult to know the boarder of what Vatican City and what was Italy, so as you may guess, we did not get our passports stamped. This seems rather silly, but we are disappointed that Greece did not stamp our passports,and for the most part Italy didn't either. Booo! Our passports feel very unloved. The Swiss Guards St. Peter's Basilica was breathtaking. I think that I must have taken over 100 pictures before Chris politely leaned over and...

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Apr 24, 2009 - Rome day 1

Fri 24th April 2009 Weather:-Sunny—15 degrees 00:05 Leave Hong Kong Ar. 06:55 Rome (J)Everything went smoothly at Rome airport and the train ride into Rome was comfortable and all was uneventful except for the fact that I saw my first wild POPPIES. Everywhere along the railway lines-fighting with the lush green weeds-were thousands of small red poppies, my one hope was that we would see fields of poppies while here so now I know that it will be so. It was beautiful to see all the different hues of green as we were about to land and we are...

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Apr 23, 2009 - Ouch...so many blisters!

Today was yet another very busy day with miles and miles of walking. We started off our day at Via Appia Antica. This is the old road to Rome. It is also were the Christian catacombs are located. I expected that I would be a little creeped out, however the catacombs were very inspirational and a truly emotional experience. We had a tour guide, who was an English speaking nun who was an absolute hoot. After the catacombs we were back to downtown Rome, however not without a little quirk on the way. So we jumped on a bus to downtown where...

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Apr 22, 2009 - The Roman Empire

Today was a very busy day. We started our day at the Colosseum. It was simply breathtaking. The sheer size is overwhelming, not to mention the activities that happened there. I could not even begin to imagine the roar of the crowds as the gladiator walked onto the stadium floor, facing almost certain death. The architecture was truly amazing. To think a stadium for 50,000 people, with the capacity to fill in minutes...complete with a canvas to block the rain and sun was built 2000 years ago is truly amazing. Think about it, as a country we...

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Apr 21, 2009 - When in Rome...

For our first day in Rome, we awoke to the disappointing sound of rain. Luckily it disappeared by time we were out the door, and returned as only the occasional drizzle throughout the day. It wasn't easy to negotiate the Roman transportation system. As stupid as it sounds, the hardest part was breaking a 50 to buy our unlimited 7-day pass. After 30 minutes of buying espressos and wandering the streets aimlessly, we were finally off with passes in hand. Other than my expected rise in blood pressure, there were no issues on the metro. We...

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