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Jul 4, 2009 - Christian Rome

What an exhausting day! We dedicated this day to learning about Christianity. The day began with an amazing breakfast at our hotel. Later we were picked up by our driver, Migelle, who transported us across the city to Saint Agnes church. This is a hidden treasure that we had never experienced. Our tour guide Ada, brought it to life. Next we visited Saint Clemente church and were awed by the recently discovered underground basilicas built in the 4th century A. D. We then took a short ride (Nonna Puchi asked for the time to see if she could...

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Jul 3, 2009 - Day 1 in Rome

Today we arrived in Rome at about 8:15 AM. We had a pre arranged pickup at the airport and proceeded to the Hotel Madrid by the Spanish Steps. We were met there by my cousin Hector that works in Rome and lives in Anzio. After we dropped off our luggage we went for a walk around the Spanish Steps and drank water from the fountain. Next we ate lunch and met our private guide, Ada Teja for a tour of Ancient Rome. This included, the Roman Forum, The Coliseum, The Museo Nazionale Romano, Baths of Diocletian and The Basilica Santa Maria degli...

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Jun 12, 2009 - Rome

Ross went on a mission to return Gus to the car hire place....meanwhile the kids and I traipsed in the severe heat throught the Colloseum. It was the stage setting of many gladiator battles in the main arena against both prisoners and Lions. Took some great photos of the kids pretending to be gladiators perched on top of collonades. Once we saw through this amazing structure that is 2000 years old, we met dad and got out of the midday sun. Then we had the afternoon walking through the Paletine hill ruins, just amazing and the Roman Forum,...

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Jun 11, 2009 - Venice to Rome

Buon giorno We got packed and on the road early, sadly Jess had a bad trip down the stairs so hobbled to the water taxi. Got back to our car on the mainland, and off we drove to Rome, a 450km journey. We passed all of the beautiful Tuscan vineyards along the way, and ancient villages on the hills. We drove Gus (the car) into Rome and found our apartment which is near the Colloseum. We have travelled 8400km in Gus in 49 days, Ross returned him today, so from now on we are on our own, pulling our own bags! We went out to see the sunset on the...

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Jun 9, 2009 - There's No Place Like Home, There's No Place Like Home

Rome to Milwaukee Tuesday June 9, 2009 After a fairly restful (but too short) night’s sleep, the lovely alarm went off precisely at 3:28A, followed shortly by the 3:30 wake-up call. We checked out and the taxi to the airport was right on time at 4:30. The airport ride took only 15 minutes and cost only 15 euros including tip (meaning we had not needed to undertake yesterday’s ATM near debacle), so we were all checked in with KLM by 5:05 and ready to pass through security which was a breeze that time of day. Of course none of the airport...

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Jun 7, 2009 - Doin' The Vatican Rag & Heading West

The Vatican & Heading West June 7 & 8, 2009 Earlier I had checked on the Vatican City website (yes there is one, and its not even all in Latin) and discovered that the Pope was scheduled to be in town this weekend. Accordingly, Sunday became our day to return to our St. Victor’s roots and visit the Vatican and St. Peter’s. With some luck we would also see Pope Benedict when he gave his Sunday blessing at noon – but I’m getting ahead of myself. After our good breakfast we started our 30 minute trek across the Tiber to the Vatican. Once at...

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Jun 5, 2009 - Roma

Today was tour day!!! We got up and went straight on a tour. We got a hop-on hop-off bus tour so we were able to walk around places. The first stop was the Coliseum. It is amazing!!! That is hands down my favorite place we saw. We spent hours there taking pictures. I cannot put into words how magnificent it is! After that we went to Vatican city and went in churches and stuff. I was a little stupid and wore shorts so I had to buy a scarf to cover my legs. But I got in. Noel and Diana went in first because I didn't think I could get in until...

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Jun 5, 2009 - Bella Roma

Naples to Rome Fri & Sat; June 5 & 6, 2009 On waking Friday morning, we found ourselves already docked at Civitavecchia after our short overnight voyage from Naples. I don’t want to suggest that Celebrity was anxious to get rid of all of us, but we had been nicely told to vacate all the rooms no later than 8:00 that morning. For us this meant showers at 6:00, breakfast at 7:00 (along with 2000 of our closest friends) and down to the Grand Epernay waiting room promptly at 8:00. We found out later that the Solstice was scheduled to sail again...

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Jun 4, 2009 - Roma

Rome is amazing! It is so beautiful here!! We got here safely. We got lost on the way to the hostel but we ended up finding it and checking in. Our room wasn't ready yet so we went to a restaurant down the street. It was good food. Then we decided to get our passes for a tour. We got lost on the way there. We asked for directions and found it. Then we went to our room at the hostel. It's a small room with three small beds, a desk, a fridge, and a bathroom. Everything is small. After resting a bit (we are on the third floor of the hostel and...

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Jun 4, 2009 - Yea my mommy!!

I arrived in Rome after a 12 hr journey by train from Nice France. I arrived to the Rome airport which is huge and very overwhelming. I finally figured out how to get to the airport and off I went on another train. I was told that my mom's flight got in at 7:45am and I arrived to the doors where the people walk out at exactly 7:30am. I was pretty proud of myself. I noticed that my mom's flight number or time of arrival were not listed on the arrivals computers. I was thinking that I had the wrong info so I found an internet point and paid...

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Jun 3, 2009 - The Vatican

It was off to the Vatican this morning for our guided tour of some of the 8km of Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel. We weren't sure what to expect from the tour, as my primary motivation for booking it was to avoid the long queue, which can mean several hours standing in the sun. The tour included the sculpture museum, tapestry rooms, map rooms, Raphael rooms and of course, the Sistine Chapel, the Pope's 'private' chapel. Our guide advised that the Vatican was actually an independent country with 900 residents, many of whom had their...

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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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