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Oct 10, 2014 - Rome - Day 1 - Colosseum and Forum

We started off the day with a lecture entitled: "Welcome to Rome". Then in the evening we had a lecture discussing "Vatican Treasures", which we will see tomorrow. The lecturer began with the myths of the founding of Rome. Pick the one you like best: 1.) by Romulus and Remus. Twins, the sons of a mortal woman and the god Mars. Their mortal uncle, who felt threatened by them, had them thrown in the river to kill them. A she-wolf found them and suckled them. When they grew up they founded Rome with Romulus living on the Palatine hill and...

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Oct 9, 2014 - Rome - Day 0 - Arrival

I caught the 7:32 am train out of Pisa to Rome. However, Mussolini is dead and Italy's trains no longer run on time. I got to Rome at 10:23. Twenty minutes late - not very late unless you have to meet another train. The train ran along the coast. Beautiful views. I was in first class. Bigger seats, quieter and first class has electric plugs! My hotel was pretty much right around the corner. The room was ready so I had my luggage in the room by 11:00. There was an international bookstore in the rail station. I had read everything I had...

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Oct 6, 2014 - Roman Forum

Ohhhhh the history we walked through. It's a strange feeling to walk the same path of those 1,900 years ago. Trying to imagine what it looked like and how the people lived. I get my history all mixed up but I do love a good story!! Update: Jason's gelato intake is up to 22. 22 cups of strawberry and lemon. And yes, I do believe it adds to his ADD, ADHD, OCD and general silliness LOL!

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Oct 6, 2014 - Colosseum

We jumped on the double decker bus that ran on the sight seeing loop. We came around the corner and down a small hill and there it was. Just so amazing and awesome. We hadn't had lunch (or breakfast) so we decided to have a nice lunch first. The boys treated me, as they have been doing through this trip. They are considerate and generous and I'm a lucky Aunt to have them with me. As we walked towards the entrance of the Colosseum we were asked if we wanted to join a tour. It was only 15€ each so we did. It was nice to have a guide giving us...

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Oct 6, 2014 - St. Peters Square

St. Peters Square and the Basilica were pretty impressive, magnificent actually. I almost got the feeling "Be Still and Know That I Am God" feeling. I was looking around in the Basilica and I couldn't see where they set up the guitars and bass and drums though. Hmmmmm maybe they don't have church like we do hehe.

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Oct 5, 2014 - Train from Florence to Rome and Jason being silly

The boys are digging the first class treatment, I only wish we could fly first class! We made it to Rome and checked in, then went to have a bite to eat. I was wanting to just go back to the room to relax, take a shower and watch a movie. I know that's really boring and honestly who does that on their first afternoon in Rome? I DO! I was feeling like I needed a lil quiet time, time to decompress, and the boys were anxious to see the city. So I say to them, "hey, I'm going to relax and stay in but you guys should go out an explore, have...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Rome

October 2: Rome is a surprise to me in that the history is interspersed through the city and is part of daily life. The Coliseum is right there as you drive by - you will see an archaeological dig next to a set of apartments and there is even one that is ongoing under a government building. Everywhere you turn you see old, newer and new often standing right together. Beautiful architecture and sculpture throughout the city on nearly every building. Even pacing ourselves I feel like my feet are broken! It's the shuffle walk that you have to...

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Down the Road

Oct 1, 2014 - Arrival in Rome

I was dreading Rome, given how much I disliked Florence. It is big and noisy and fast and I love it ... much like I love New York City. We have had no problems crossing streets, but you would not believe traffic. Everyone does their own thing! We did a hop-on/hop-off bus tour when we first arrived to get our bearings (thank goodness Tim is here - I would still be wandering somewhere near our hotel!). Scooters are zipping through the tiniest openings between one bus and another, between cars, between traffic and parked cars, etc. We are...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Back to Rome

Back to the real world. About 3 km walk to the train station, then caught the train to Rome. Soooo much easier dealing with this at a small station instead of Roma Termini. Back to our old Hotel Montecarlo and the room was ready within an hour or so, we just enjoyed the wifi while waiting. Later we walked down Via Nationale to the Piazza Venezia. Rome is so wonderful to walk around. Ancient artifacts at every corner. How did they do it?

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Sep 17, 2014 - Civitivecchia transportation day

Got up early because we had decided to catch the 9:57 train from Rome to the cruise port. Made the 15 minute walk to the train station, bought the 2 tickets for 22 Euro total (a drive to the port was 100 Euro), and there the easy part ended. The ticket didn't say which platform the train left from. We tried to figure it out without success. A couple of gypsies wanted to help us but we had been warned about that! A man working in a kiosk sent us to platform 21 where a train was waiting. We got on, found a compartment and then weren't sure we...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Vatican City

What a day today, We used the second day of our hop on hop off and went to St Peters. This time on the bus we were lucky and got the very front seat. The traffic is incredible and no one seems to get angry and very little honking. We got off at St Peters. It was a 3 hour wait just to get inside, a wait mostly up sheltered from the sun. We chose tal walk around and then bought a tour for 35 Euro each which took us in a group entrance -total pandemonium , however we got inside and saw a couple of hours worth of incredible art and antiquity. I...

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Sep 15, 2014 - Rome day 1

Hot, hot day today. Had a great breakfast at the hotel and packed, again, to move to Montecarlo Hotel. They gave us a huge room because we got shuttled last night. We bought a two day pass for the hop on hop off bus. Did a full circuit and came home for a nap. I had no idea of the amount of ancient buildings that are in wonderful condition here. I don't think you could see them all if you came for a month. Walked over to the basilica after nap time and it is an amazing place. Hopped back on and explored a couple more places. We are trying a...

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