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Sep 8, 2019 - The Appian Way & Victor Emanuel Monument

Today we took a bus to the Appian Way (Paul walked here). It was a lovely walk but a bit disappointing. It was mostly a paved walkway with green space on either side. The other option was to walked the cobblestone narrow street shared by cars. We walked past the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and San Sebastian. While the Basilica of San Sebastian was closed, they had a lovely area with tables and chairs. Since we brought our lunch we decided this was the perfect spot to eat. It was down a side street so it was private and quiet. Along our walk...

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Sep 7, 2019 - The Pantheon

We had a relaxing start to the day. After lunch and siesta at the apartment we headed to the Pantheon. There was quite a line but it wasn't moving. Come to find out it was closed for a service. Once the service was over the line moved quite quickly. What a beautiful church. The Pantheon as it stands today was built by Emperor Hadrian in 120 BC. The original Pantheon was built in 27 BC by Emperor Augustus' son-in-law, Marcus Agrippa. The original temple was destroyed by fire. It was a Roman temple dedicated to all (pan) gods (theos). After...

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Sep 6, 2019 - Vatican City

9/06/2019 St. Peters,Scavi & Vatican Museum This has been quite a day. We found it quite surprising how hard it was to find out where to be for the different tickets we had. St. Peters Square is an impressive site with the Basilica as the backdrop. We found the Swiss Guards quite interesting in their multicolored uniforms. Why does St. Peters use Swiss Guards instead of Roman ones? Once in St. Peter's, we were awe struck by the beauty and inspiration inside. The vastness of it was unbelievable. We were like little ants. If the Colosseum was...

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Sep 5, 2019 - Today the Colosseum

Today we did three serious looks at the Rome from its' peak (about the time of Christ) until today. To have just three places help define such a colossal an empire as was Rome must be pretty well preserved as well as revealing the hearts of that society. And the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum did just that. We began at the Colosseum, the amazing structure that helped define Rome from its peak to its ruin. Built over the span of three rulers by countless slaves this incredibly large, ingenious and awe-inspiring edifice served...

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Sep 3, 2019 - We are in Rome

We were welcomed to Europe with a glorious sunrise over France. We saw a lovely sunset over the U.S. East coast & sunrise over Europe, all from the same seats. We didn't think about that when we picked our seats. Well, it seems we made it onto Rome time already. We shared a small, fair pizza for lunch, had our first gelatos, vanilla & pistachio around 5 then had a fabulous dinner about 9. Jim had penne w/vodka sauce & I had lemon cream fettuccini. It was fabulous. We wandered our area & climbed the Spanish Steps (all 138 of them) to a...

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Jun 29, 2019 - Amazing Italy

Ciao amici, We hope you are well and happy. Lorri, Penelope and I have been "livin the life" in Italy. Our first stop was Bologna where the weather was hot and sunny. After checking into our hotel we ventured out for a late lunch at a vegan place in a fairly hippie / alternative / grungy area but everything interesting in the vicinity was closed. So after treking too far in the heat past pizza or Middle Eastern places without air conditioning, we found a trattoria that was cool and prepared to serve us even after lunchtime. The guy spoke...

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Jude's 2019

May 10, 2019 - Rome - City tour

If you think a shoe box bedroom is small, try having a shower in their en-suite! Great fun! Our room in Budapest overlooked a beautiful garden, here we see only row upon row of window shutters - of different colours and styles. Last night we could leave the windows open - beautiful breeze, not noisy as expected, and the seagulls singing in the early morn. Set off to the Colosseum. It is massive and imposing. Completed in year 80 AD, it is one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. We were overawed at its size. There were thousands and...

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70 Canals 2019

May 9, 2019 - Depart Budapest

Depart Budapest. “Das Lat” - phonetic for “good bye” to Budapest. There is Turkish and German influences in their language. 16 million people worldwide speak Hungarian - the language has 180,000 words, he said English has only 80,000. Sometimes, when it is difficult to express themselves in Hungarian, they turn to English, as it is easier. Our car driver was once a High School teacher and so knowledgeable on Hungarian facts which he was keen to discuss with us. We learnt such a lot. We received 3 separate emails from the Airline over the...

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70 Canals 2019

Apr 20, 2019 - Olive Oil and Red Wine Who Knew.

Good Evening in Mandarin “one shug how” The same waitress quizzes me each morning and we add a new word. Today we are in docked outside of Rome and if your willing to take a 2 1/2 hr. bus ride one way or the train on your own you can go into Rome. Keep in mind it is Easter weekend at The Vatican. Since we have been there before we opted to go to Tuscany. There was a stop in town where we had cappuccino and what appeared to be round crescents covered in brown sugar crystals. In visiting the shops we managed to buy blackberry jam, a print...

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Apr 19, 2019 - All Aboard the Trivia Train

Today I learned to say good morning and thank you in mandarin. A Chinese man said good morning to me and I wanted to say it back in Chinese. “Zow shung how”. Thank you is Zie Zie . We played battle of the sexes trivia. D was a hero because he new the name of Barbies sister and I knew what it meant to be black flagged in an Indy race. Women are only ahead one point. We have been told not to save seats at the shows. Tonight at the ventriloquist show, a woman tried to save 6 in the row in front of us. A man walked up and said he was the ships...

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Nov 16, 2018 - Last Day In Rome, Italy

Mamma Mia!! We have to go home tomorrow!! Good news - Bad news!! It will be very good to get home and sleep in our own bed!!! But we have enjoyed our travels so much that we will miss all of the adventure!! Today we visited the Borghese Museum. It is a private collection of statues and paintings but almost as beautiful as the Vatican Museum. We couldn't take pictures so you'll have to take my word for it. It did have a beautiful park surrounding it!! Then we got on the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus for a ride around Rome. It was wonderful to see...

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Nov 15, 2018 - Rome, Italy, Day 4

Today was the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel!!! It was wonderful!! Not many people were there and we took our time just taking in all the beautiful works of art. Of course there is no way to see everything; it is just too huge. The pictures will show you a selection of things we saw - statuary, ceiling paintings, and the Pope's carriages and cars. The Sistine Chapel was the highlight! We were able to find seats along the wall and spent an hour looking up at the beauty. We had audio-phones that tried to explain the painting to us,...

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