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Jun 3, 2015 - Rome (Day 4)

Vatican City Today we got up and hailed a cab to Vatican City for our tour which was scheduled to start at 11:00am. We arrived and found our location by 10:50; perfect timing! The tour started out with a discussion of the Sistine Chapel in the foyer of the Vatican Museum. No one is allowed to talk in the Sistine Chapel so the tour guide had to give us some history and explanation of the paintings prior to going inside. We listened to her for about 20 mins. The topic was very interesting but all of us were already dying from standing. We...

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Jun 2, 2015 - Rome (Day 3)

We are going to need a vacation from our vacation but that’s just par for the course for us… Today started out WAY TOO EARLY for me and Ashley. We got up as the sun was rising and headed to Piazza de Popolo at 7:00am. It was a holiday in Rome today and we were the only ones up that early. The city was deserted. As we walked to the Piazza, we had to go by way of the Spanish Steps. When we visited the steps a few days ago, there were hundreds of people lounging on them. This morning, Ashley and I had them all to ourselves. It was awesome and...

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Jun 1, 2015 - Still in Rome

Monday, June 1st. Being pretty confident in our ability to travel within Rome, we decided to extend our borders. In Roman times the mouth of the Tiber River was Rome’s seaport-Ostia Astica. A very busy and impressive harbour serving both the merchant trade and a military base. The ruins were supposed to be quite a site. No problem getting there by shuttle, train , metro, then train only to find this heritage site was closed on Mondays. Disappointed we decided to head to the coastal town of Cristofor Columbo, and find a place to eat. We...

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Jun 1, 2015 - Rome (Day 2)

Rome Day 2 Today we slept late! We all needed some rest. I woke up at 6:30am and said, HELL NO! So, I went back to sleep and cracked my eyes open again at 9:45. MUCH BETTER! We leisurely got ready for the day and ended up leaving the apartment by 11:30. The first thing we needed to do was eat lunch so we grabbed some sandwiches at a nearby snack shop. Then we hailed a taxi to take us to Ancient Rome: The Colosseum and surrounding area. The taxi was a great call because it only cost 10 EU when we were considering a hop on/hop off bus for...

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May 31, 2015 - Florence to Rome (Day 1)

Today we got up and prepared to leave Florence and head to Rome. A insider few tips related to Florence: - Give the horse and buggy/carriage rides a WIDE BERTH. A horse literally almost ran over me and when I jumped out of the way, the carriage he was pulling came really close to mowing me down. The driver could have cared less and never even looked back. I was shocked at how rude he was. - We have never encountered more clueless pedestrians anywhere in the world. The people in Florence literally acted like they were alone on the streets....

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May 30, 2015 - St. Peter's Basilica, The Vatican

Saturday, May 30th Vatican City-Day 2 Our trip into Rome was uneventful. There was some confusion in getting the tour group together with our leader but once we found her and had our earwigs in, everything went smoothly. Without a doubt this has to be the richest, grandest, most opulent structure we have ever had the privilege of viewing –St Peter’s Basilica. It would have been a serious mistake to have missed it. The first thing that struck us was size. To say it is huge would be like saying the Grand Canyon is a hole in the ground or the...

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May 29, 2015 - Vatican Museum

Friday, May 29th We had fast become experts in travel within Rome using their transportation network. Shuttle bus to train , to metro, hop on the red line going west, off at the Otaviano San Pietro Station then walk about 3 km to the Vatican Museum. What an incredible display of artwork displayed in these buildings. Imagine a hall, 2 football fields in length with its walls adorned with tapestries 20’ by 30’ in size. Each one magnificent in colour and design. I was able to peer closely at a few and was awed by the intricacy of the weaving....

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May 28, 2015 - Day 2 - Rome

Cerys and I had a great sleep! We were so stuffed! Awoken by the banging of our neighbours leaving, and the excitement of being in Rome, Italy, Europe! Breakfast consisted of a fine spread of baked goods, pastries, cold meat, cheese and hard boiled eggs, as well as cereals juices and coffee....and that was just what I had! The coffe was superb! Best black coffee ever! We must be in Italy. We left the hotel on foot and headed toward termini - the central rail station. On the way we met an executive from Dior! We had walked less than a...

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May 28, 2015 - Rome

Thursday, May 28th What a busy touring day we had. I had spent last evening mapping out a course of attack while Bill struggled with the lack of WiFi access trying to book tours for the Vatican Museum and the Vatican . No luck with the Vatican tour but we were booked for the Museum and Sistine Chapel the next day. Off to the train station to catch the train to Rome, with our trusty map and tour directions in hand we went. One of the many things we learned about getting around Rome was the 1E50 that Bill paid at our camp per person was good...

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May 28, 2015 - Rome Italy

Vanni says we missed the Rome rush hour traffic. I am not so sure. As soon as our suitcases arrived in our room we went to the Rome train station, a block and a half away to check things out and see about verifying our tickets which is the Italian law. The place is a madhouse and we look like gawking tourists. Immediately a young woman, well dressed with a lanyard tucked into her blouse appears at our side and says in perfect English: "May I help you?" We said yes and she told us to follow her. Now we have been told throughout Europe to...

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May 26, 2015 - Rome

Today it was an early wake up to be at breakfast at 6.30 for a 7.15 departure. We went to the Vatican Museum and St Peter's Basilica and then to the Forum and the Colosseum. After the Vatican we went to a shop attached and Michael bought rosary beads for our home and every day at 2pm if he is available Pope Francis blesses things people leave and they are delivered to your hotel. We got back to the hotel just after 1 and I was absolutely starving so Michael and I found a restaurant around the corner from our hotel and had the best pasta...

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May 26, 2015 - Rome

Tuesday, May 26th. We hopped on the toll way and made our way to “Camping Tiber”. Reservations had been made and we were expected. Imagine us, camping on the Tiber River. Shortly after we had set up camp the rain started. We spent time pouring over our guide books wondering how to tackle Rome. It seemed a monumental and unachievable task. We reminded ourselves that we had no time restrictions and that eased the task somewhat. We decided that if it didn’t look like rain we would take the train in and catch the “Hop on Hop off” Red, Double...

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