Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Rome, Lazio, Italy
Jul 2, 2008 - Arrival into Rome
Ravi -- We made it safely into Rome ["and sound" intentionally left off due to a trying, to say the least, flight], and, luckily, when we wanted to. We had standby tickets we got for a great deal (thanks again, Grant!), thus us leaving a few days before Tim's two-week study abroad program in Rome actually started on Sunday the 6th. We made both US Airways flights (from Chicago to Philly, and then on to Rome) without much difficulty. The picture above was taken by my mom before we left for O'Hare airport. Yes, we know we packed a lot of stuff!Jump to full entry
Jun 30, 2008 - Rome
Rome was GREAT! Very hot, but really had a great time and saw a lot in a short period of time. Computer problems have kept me from updating, plus our days our full and we are all very tired at the end of the day. Hope everyone is doing well, we are having a BLAST!Jump to full entry
Jun 29, 2008 - Rome (Saturday 27th June - 1st July 2008)
This was just a 'taste' of Rome, we had created three days by taking flights rather than ferries and decided to spend them in Rome. We did a walking tour of the city centre - taking in (to name a few) the Piazza Navona with the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Moor; the Pantheon; and the Trevi Fountain. When we arrived at the Pantheon, the entry portico was filled with people - we were not sure if it was the queue to get in. After grabbing a couple of panini's, we sat down to eat our brunch and...Jump to full entry
Jun 27, 2008 - Italy - Rome
Friday 27th June We checked out of our hotel and went straight to the post office. The abrupt woman was there to greet us again but she seemed to be a lot happier this morning. I can’t believe the process you need to go through to send things overseas. We do it frequently (Sara buys heaps of stuff!) and it’s never the same. The one thing that is consistent is the paperwork and you also know that the process will usually never go smoothly, nor quickly! Most visits to the post office will take at least an hour and a half. We boarded the...Jump to full entry
Jun 25, 2008 - whirlwind florence and train to Rome
Finally a couple of pictures! The reason I have them on is because a wonderful friend, Marie Do Amaral who I worked with for years at Manning and who has moved to Rome for a couple of years met us and took us on a long trek through Rome. She took these pictures and emailed them to me, so I could access them on to a computer. To catch everyone up we spent the 25th on a 4 hour walking tour of Florence - which we all loved! Our favorite was St Croce the church where Michalengelo and Galileo are buried. A very interesting church focused more on...Jump to full entry
Oh the humanity. It is 35° in the shade. Our guide, Tomas, while a lovely man, obviously has us mixed up with the Olympic racewalking group he is leading next week. We met him bright and early (9am - what the hell kind of holiday is this?) in the hotel lobby. Lisa and I were expecting to be led to a car where he would chat to us as we drove in airconditioned comfort from fascinating place to fascinating place. Wrong. He leads us out the door and up the street. After we adjusted to the slap in the face that the morning heat had just...Jump to full entry
It's official. Jim has joined Bill on the picket line at the grumpy wall. What were we thinking? We could have gone to the lake and saved a couple of million dollars. We took the little loves to the Borghese Gallery which was stunning. The Bernini works were amazing. How can anyone work marble like that? Afterward, we walked through the Villa Borghese gardens. It was all so lovely - except of course for the neverendingconstantgratingcomplainingwhining kids. Bill grumbled "house of horrors, oh my god im in hell, oh my god im dying" while Jim...Jump to full entry
Jun 17, 2008 - Rome
After Firenze, we continued our journey to Roma. It only took half a day so we had the afternoon to go around some of the city. We were greeted to Rome with quite a heavy shower though which made our rain record kind of ridiculous. But, rain or shine, we saw Rome. First, we just drove through the city. We saw the first government building of the united Italy (because up until 150 years ago it had been a group of individual city-states) and Mussolini's balcony. The first of these two buildings was far more impressive then the second which...Jump to full entry
Okay, so today was monumental for two reasons: firstly, we went to the Vatican and secondly, Bill hit the grumpy wall HARD. Good stuff first. The Vatican was beautiful. We had a wonderful guide named Tomas. He took us through the Vatican museums and gave such wonderful insight and background. Wonderful from a historical perspective. The very existence of these artifacts is a marvel. That there is such a wealth of them is amazing. And to consider the human cost (effort, inspiration, sweat, suffering, faith, aspiration) staggers your mind....Jump to full entry
Jun 16, 2008 - Rome!
here we go again. i cant find any grammar marks on this computer, so i dont think im going to use any... so eric and i had a 230 flight from eidnhoven to rome. we landed in rome on time, around 430, but needed to check in to the hostel by 630. we already had a shuttle pass to the big rome train station, and the hostel we reserved was only 7 blocks, supposedly, from the train station. it took about a half hour to load everybody up on the bus, then about 15 minutes to get our bags off the bus, then about 15 more minutes to figure out which...Jump to full entry
Jun 16, 2008 - Happy Birthday Lisa!
Lisa is 46 years old today and got to celebrate in 2 countries! We got up and cabbed to the airport where we caught a Ryan Air flight (oh my god, the irish can barely run a country, what made them think they could run an airline). The absolute worst air travel experience ever. The landing - if you could call it that - took two attempts. Once we got off the plane it was smack into a wall of heat. Ciao Roma! The cab ride to our hotel was scary, there are tons of scooters on the roads and even more teeny tiny cars and everybody wants to be in...Jump to full entry
Jun 15, 2008 - Rome!
15 June Took the bus from Forio Port to Ischia Port and hopped on the ferry over to Naples. CARMAR is the bigger ferry that takes longer and cost about 9 euro vice 18 from the hydrofoil. Once I arrived in Naples I walked about a mile over to the train station and got a one way ticket to Rome on the regionale(standard). Arrived in Rome around 1930 and walked over to my first hostel(Hostel Beautiful) and unpacked. Walked around the sleazy part of Rome where bums were asking for change and cigarettes(it felt like I was back in Seattle for a...Jump to full entry