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Jun 2, 2009 - Pompei

It was up at sparrow's this morning for our trip down to Pompei. We quite enjoyed our train ride to Naples, despite the horrendous weather. First impressions of Naples... Not good but we were weren't here to see it, so we jumped on the Circumvesuviana train line (no doubt named for the fact it basically goes around the base of Mt Vesuvius) to explore the ancient city of Pompei. Vesuvius erupted with tremendous force on the 24th August 79AD, burying the towns of Pompei and Herculaneum in volcanic ash and in the process, preserving them for...

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Jun 1, 2009 - Ancient Rome

This morning we had our 2nd Context Tour, this time of Rome. Specifically, the Palatine Hill, The Roman Forum and the Colosseum, correctly known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. Our guide was a local Roman lady, Cecilia, who was an art historian and we also had 4 others in our group – 2 Aussies, an American woman and her freakishly intelligent son of about 8. The boy, who's name escapes me asked lots of questions, which was fine, because most of them were good questions but he did seem uncomfortably interested in the finer details of all of the...

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May 31, 2009 - All Roads Lead to Rome

Mid-morning departure on the Eurostar Italia train from Florence this morning saw us arrive in Rome around noon. We weren't able to find a map or get the GPS working on the I-phone, so we got a cab from the station. We'd heard bad things about Rome taxis, so before we got into a cab we asked the cabbie “quanto” (how much), to which he responded '25 euro'. Lucky for us, our hotel told us not to pay any more than 15 euro, so we told him no way and found another cabbie who quoted us 12 euro and stuck to it! We had a fantastic day today, which...

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May 29, 2009 - Movin on...

After 4 days on the Amalfi coast (my fave part of italy), chantal and i are recently arrived at our hostel in downtown rome, and eagarly awaiting a free pizza dinner in the bar here. This Italy thing has definitely been an experience, and im not sad to admit that im ready to leave. After a run in with the local boys last night in amalfi (where i yelled obscenities and flipped the bird at a group of village machismos), im excited to be seeing ryan tomorrow and heading to a country thats a bit less agressive, a bit less chaotic... and waaay...

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May 27, 2009 - Roma

Wednesday and told initially from the perspective of Jim: You can’t see Rome in a day is a bunch of shit. We saw it all in one day and walked it and almost saw the Pope. We all met up 9:30, which is real early for this group (and I think we were all a little loopy from the night before, especially Geoff). We got to the train station and got our tickets and got the right one only because the Cruise ship gave us directions. We climbed aboard the only train there and damned near fell asleep. After it did not leave for 25 minutes I did...

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Barcelona 2009

May 25, 2009 - How Many Bed Bugs Are Too Many?

How Many Bed Bugs Are Too Many? So this is the question? How many bed bugs are too many? This is what Mark and I are trying to figure out. Take for instance a city like Rome? Everything is extremely expensive and you plan to spend very little time in your room anyway. So when you find a hostel in a central location that only cost 18 Euro a night each and that includes a crappy but edible breakfast and a crappy but edible pasta and tomato sauce dinner and you discover you wake up with hive like bug bites everywhere? How many bed bugs are...

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May 25, 2009 - Rome, Italy Day 3

Ok, where was I? Oh yeah, getting over completely random food poisoning. So in an extreme effort to catch up on missing an entire day of sightseeing in Rome, I skipped my planned daytrips to Pompeii and Naples. Instead I woke up early (if you call 8am the day after being hospitalized early), caught a taxi and headed towards the Colosseum (yes, this is the way you spell it)… in by far the most interesting taxi ride I’ve ever had in my life, and I’ve grabbed taxies in NYC, London, Vegas, Munich and Paris. The cab driver reminded me of Tony...

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Six Months in Europe

May 24, 2009 - Rome

Mark and I had a great time in Rome, we spent 3 days touring the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Basilica did Santa Maggiore and various other super touristy historical places. We saw a lot in Rome and learnt so much history about Rome and the Catholic religion but are exhausted and happy to be leaving. I think my favorites in Rome were the Basilica Di Santa Maggiore church, Dated back to 352 AD when the pope at the time was directed by the virgin |Mary to build it. There was so much...

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May 24, 2009 - Rome, Italy Day 2

For those of you whom don't know, I woke up around 0400 on this day incredibly ill. I will spare you the details but suffice to say it became so bad that I was forced to go to an Italian emergency room about 4-5 hours later. *shudder* One good thing about socialized medicine though- I didn't have to pay a thing. Jamie stayed by my bed the whole day, acting as both friend and translator. It must have been a sight to see, with me looking like hell and a priest at my bedside. I can only imagine. Well needless to say after I demanded to be...

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May 24, 2009 - Monaco-Vatican City-Italy

Wow! Okay, so lots to tell you about now! It has been a whirlwind! We were back in France to visit Nice which was absolutely beautiful! I was able to go in the Mediterranean Sea, eat some more baguettes and cheese and see the Leaning Tower of Pisa! We got some pretty hilarious photos of us trying to either push it over or hold it up, lol! Good times! We spent the evening in Monaco to check out the Monte Carlo Casino, the amazing cars (which for those of you who know me really well, was the highlight for me! There were SO many Audis (even...

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May 23, 2009 - Rome, Italy Day 1

Dig a hole anywhere in Rome and you’re bound to run into ancient ruins- and this is actually more of a problem than an “oh that is AWESOME!” situation, where over two and a half thousand years of continuous civilization are heaped on top of each other, layer by layer. Jamie told me that there are plans in the works to dig an extremely deep metro system under the city so they could have more than two running metro lines. If it ever came to fruition (which with the Italian way of doing things might take another 25 years), it will be the...

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Six Months in Europe

May 21, 2009 - On Our Way

Milwaukee – Detroit – Amsterdam – Rome We had a 9:00 flight out of Milwaukee to Detroit on Thursday morning. Everything was right on time with no surprises. In Detroit we had 5 hours before our Amsterdam flight. Detroit is not the most interesting airport around, but with good books (“Young Stalin” for me and “Under the Banner of Heaven” for Jill, and a surprisingly good lunch at Jose Cuervo’s Tequileria, we managed to handle the time nicely. The Amsterdam flight was totally packed. Despite having several young families around us, the kids...

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