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Oct 16, 2015 - Rome - Colosseum and all that.

Have I mentioned the traffic in Rome yet? I think not. Unlike all the other cities and towns we have visited where we felt quite comfortable crossing the road and walking along streets with no sidewalks Rome's drivers have us ever watchful and fearful for our very lives. There is a big game of bluff played out in the streets between drivers and pedestrians. Even at light controlled crossings you have to be prepared to step out and bluff the driver into stopping otherwise they just drive on through. The motorscooterists are by far...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Arrival in Italy

Saturday, October 10 Our two hour flight from Santorini's small, aging Nd disorganized to Rome International was uneventful. Our carrier was Vueling, a Spanish discount airline with brand new equipment but zero inflight service unless you paid for it, not even water. It was raining in Rome when we arrived I. Late afternoon, and it seemingly took forever for our luggage to arrive by conveyor belt. We walked to the Hertz car pickup, only to find that our vehicle was not ready for quick pickup, probBly as we had booked it through Auto Europe,...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Rome and cooking class #2

Tonight we had our second cooking class this one was with a delightful architect turned chef and cooking teacher, Aurelio Carraffa, who introduced us to "la cuchina romana". Even though we had made or attempted to make each of the dishes previously in Australia, these were a new experience. First off we started with bruschetta made with real tasting tomatoes, olive oil and basil. Then we started preparing our dessert which was to be tiramisu but unlike any we have ever tasted before. It included egg yolks and whites as well as...

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Sep 23, 2015 - Walking and Climbing

We did not hurry to leave this morning and had breakfast before setting off. We paused at the Piazza Venezia to see the balcony where Musollini addressed the Italian nation on several occasions. After watching the chaotic traffic in the giant traffic circle, we headed up the Via del Corsa. This appears to be Rome's main shopping street. Part way up we went into the Galleria Alberto Sordi, a shopping mall set in an old, and stately building. We wandered through it and saw the many motor bikes and scooters parked at its rear. We headed...

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Sep 22, 2015 - Garden but no Museum

We had breakfast in the hotel and set off for the hop on hop off bus. We again had quite a wait, but it came. We got upstairs at the first stop and enjoyed better views for the time we were on it. We got off at the stop closest to the Borghese gardens. As I mentioned yesterday, we were unable to get reservations for the gallery, so this was the next best thing. We walked round by one path, but really had no idea where we were going or what to see. We stopped a girl with a bike and a map, but she had no idea where she was, but told us where...

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Sep 21, 2015 - In the Steps of Ancient Rome

We were up and had a leisurely breakfast then Christine decided to have a rest day and read and do puzzles in the room. I set off for Palatine Hill and the Forum. It was an easy walk down the narrow street which contains our hotel, past Trajan's Column and across a broad street to near the Colosseum where I joined the line to purchase a ticket. Through security. You wonder why they need security for a site that is half demolished already, but I suppose when you think of what the fanatics are doing to Roman sites in Syria and Iraq, it is a...

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Sep 20, 2015 - Around Rome

We were not up too early this morning and had breakfast in the hotel. It is 40% of what they were charging in Nice, and just as good. We booked the hop on hop off bus at the front desk then collected our things from the room and walked to where we could get on the bus. It was a short walk past the Victor Emmanuel Monument. We did not have long to wait, but it was quite full, though we did manage to get a seat. We toured round Rome, but the bus was quite full most of the way and sometimes it was difficult to see. We got an idea of places and...

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Sep 19, 2015 - On to Rome

We were up really early this morning and got ready for the taxi which came on time and took us to the airport. The EasyJet system does not assign a gate till almost boarding time, so we had breakfast and sat where two EasyJet flights had left from. The board said the gate for our flight would be assigned at 8:00 am. About then I went to check the board again, only to discover the flight was already boarding! We joined the crowd and were soon on board, and the plane left earlier than scheduled. We settled into the seats and I fell asleep,...

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Sep 17, 2015 - Rome, Day Two, Part two

Day Two was packed. After lunch we walked to the Pantheon, one of the he oldest Christian churchs in the world. The outside looks rough compared to the Vatican buildings we had seen that morning but pretty darn good for something buiilt in 27 BC and rebuilt in 120 AD (I didn't have time to verify this date but you get the idea - older than dirt!). The building was built by slave labor as a pagan place of worship but later converted to a Christian church. The feat of building the concrete (a Roman invention) dome was a significant...

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Sep 15, 2015 - The Vatican and the Sistine Chapel

It's Monday in Rome, day three of our trip. It will be another whirlwind as Tuesday we will board the Ship and set sail for Messina. Thanks to Matt (well really thanks to his sister Mary) we had reserved tickets for a 2 hour tour of the Vatican museums, including the Sistine Chapel. We took a cab from the hotel and were shocked by how long the general admission lines were. Let's just say we would not have been visiting the Vatican if we had to wait in that line. The weather in Rome is much different then I expected. I knew it would be...

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Sep 14, 2015 - We can't believe we are in Rome

We made it to Rome! Just 2 planes and one really scary van ride from the airport. We arrived in Rome on Sunday, September 13th around 11:00 a.m. Our hotel, the San Carlos is about two blocks from the Spanish Steps. The 135 steps were built at the base of the Piazza Spana in 1723-1725 for the purpose of connecting the Bourbon Spanish Embassy with the Triata dei Monticello Church at the top. At the bottom of the steps in Piazza Spana is a fountain, "The Ugly Boat". Built in1627-1629, I found this fountain one of the loveliest of those we...

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Jul 28, 2015 - ROME - Day 7

Beautiful breakfast with Beautiful Princess, beautiful day, very hot though 30+ degrees!! We strolled along joking around in the sun down a beautiful little street and caught the train into city and and back out on HOHO bus, went to Montanara and and then to a big highlight - Saint Peters Square,and The Vatican ( it is its own country with its own laws) - we took a paid tour guided trip through the Vatican which proved invaluable as we discovered hundreds of people queue for up to 5 hours!! in the heat to see the Vatican and the Sistine...

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