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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 - 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 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 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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Mar 30, 2008 - Ran out of writing steam

I have lost the mental energy to churn out another description dripping with details and memories. I can only say the facts. After the road trip around Ireland I flew to London for one night. Walked the city and saw the British Museum. Amazing. Walked to Big Ben the famous clock tower seen in Peter Pan and 101 Dalmations and thousand other places where its made a cameo appearance. Saw Piccadilly Circus and even other unnamed marvels of the most expensive city in the world. From London I flew back to san dona italy. Stayed with the same...

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Branden's Trip 2008

Feb 15, 2008 - Rome!!

This weekend, the girls and I went to Rome!! I LOVED IT!! We got to our hostel around 9pm, after taking two different trains to get there from Lugano (which is basically an all time low! haha) We were happy to find that we had our own room in the hostel, with just some of the bunks unfilled... and had a bathroom and shower in the room. So overall, good accomodations for us! haha We went to a restaurant that was practically next door, and each got heaping bowls of pastas, and split some of the house wine. SO good!!! and CHEAP! :) We just...

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Feb 10, 2008 - Who won the Lombardi Trophy

So I missed the Last Supper at least I found this big castle in Milan that had a Michaelangelo (his last, kind of looks like he keeeled over while working on it.) Also it has a room where the ceiling and walls were painted by Leonardo da vinci. You can even touch it, if no one's looking, which is often from what I can tell. If you use a flash you'd better run and let someone else get in trouble for it. The cheapest room so far on this trip is Rome. i'm staying in the same doghouse I stayed in 2 years ago. Not the same internet hut but same...

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European Vacation

Feb 9, 2008 - Rome

This morning we left for a trip into the city to see the fountain of Trevi, the Pantheon and various venues around Rome and finally a visit to St Peter's where we decided to go in and have a look at an absolutely huge cathedral that probably took an hour to wander through. Most of the tour was a walking tour which was fine from our perspective as we did get to see and feel what the city was like. It is amazing that almost everywhere you go there is a statue, a column or a fountain with amazing sculptures. After the visit to St Peter's we...

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