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May 9, 2016 - Day 17: Rome-ing around

Woke up early today before anyone else. Had a chance to take an hour by myself and roam around the city. Had a grand time walking around and watch the city wake up around me. Walked into couple churches. The first one I walked into was a simple yellow building from the outside but was decorated in elaborate gold inside. Just magnificent! We took the day to explore Rome. Went to colosseum, palatine hill, Roman forum, pantheon, piazza navona, trevi fountain, Spanish steps. Had a long exhausting day. We sat at piazza di spagna for a while....

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May 7, 2016 - Day 15: Drama in Rome

We had a really early day today. Took the water bus to the train station. While waiting for the train, Zarish and I went walking around the station, looking at clothes and trying on shoes. When we got back we saw two police officers standing around mom and Aman waiting for us to come back and show them our passports. They gave out passport information to someone on their radio. When I asked them if there was a problem, one of them said yes and the other one said it was a routine check. Either way they both started questioning me on how we...

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May 4, 2016 - Travel Time

It's Thursday morning here and you are all getting ready to go to sleep back home. Bona notte. Leaving Las Vegas was the biggest hurdle of the trip. We watched as several planes left for LA ours, lost somewhere in San Jose. After a three hour wait, it finally arrived, and we flew into LA. We planned to spend the night there as our plane was leaving early the next morning. George's friend forever, Hal Smith met us at our hotel and drove us to his home, for dinner. It wasn't just dinner, it was a feast, prepared by his beautiful wife Barbie....

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Italy revisited 2016

May 4, 2016 - This journey is over.

Today was our final day - no touristy stuff (well, a couple places we hadn't been), just finishing off our shopping for family. It is one of the most difficult things when you're not inclined to buy "stuff". When practicality is highest on your priority list and trying to find something that also reflects a specific culture or historical period. In addition, it has to be very portable (not liable to break or be bulky) and somewhat lightweight. When we travel the way we do much of what we find that fits the bill in 2-3 areas and fails in a...

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Apr 30, 2016 - Bus to Rome

Rome in 4 days during a holiday! Tons of tourists, both Italian and foreign! Bon was very smart in booking our accomodations ahead for the dutartion indeed. Travel comes so naturally to her and so unnaturally to me. Yet I would be so much poorer without her urging me onward in our travels! 5/3 Today we' re off to the Vatican...late start but at least today there is sunshine (rain yesterday dampened my spirits a bit). More sometime later. We fly to Boston via Turkish Air leaving 7 a.m. Thursday. Stopover once in Istambul. 5/5 3:45 a.m. We...

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Nov 2, 2015 - Espresso and Ice Cream tour

y today we got up and walked around Rome from 9am until we met up with our tour guide for our ice cream and espresso tour at 230. This square and church were I think my favorite so far. Church of Santa Maria sopra di Minerva. We also walked over to see the Pantheon while we waited for her There were only two couples signed up and the other couple was a no show so we had the guide to ourselves. We walked for about three hours and stopped at various places off the beaten path and had a frozen espresso called grinitti. It was wonderful....

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Oct 31, 2015 - Vatican City, St Peter's Basilica and the Sistene Chapel

This morning was spent seeing the Vatican, the Bramonte stairs, St Peter's Basilica, St Peter's square and the Sistene Chapel. Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed in the Chapel. It was all quite amazing (I think I am using that word a lot lately). There are 35 pictures above which you can browse. Most are labelled and I don't have time tonight to comment on each one so enjoy checking them out and when we get home, I can fill in more details if anyone is interested or answer any questions you may have. Buonsera and good night

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Oct 31, 2015 - The Colliseum

Wherever you go in Rome, you come across ruins like these ones on the way to the Colliseum. This is the mighty Roman Colliseum. The Colliseum is where the gladiators fought and Julius Caesar died. The spot where he died near the cat sanctuary is marked in the parking lot where it is believed he fell. The Colliseum is a haven for stray cats. Contrary to popular belief, Christians were not executed at the Colliseum After this we had a bit of time to rest and then tonight we had our celebration farewell dinner with more opera and...

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Oct 30, 2015 - Rome illumination tour and dinner

We arrived in Rome and saw what was only the beginning of the number of Roman walls and ruins that we will see in the next few days. Got settled into hotel and left on our pizza dinner and illuminations tour. The entertainment was fantastic - two tenors singing and entertaining between courses. Appies are shown here which was followed as usual by a pasta dish and tonight was a pizza dinner followed by four different desserts. Then we set off to see the sights of Rome at night This is a tour we had originally not signed up for but...

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Oct 17, 2015 - Rome - Vatican museums

Last night was Maree's turn to have some trouble sleeping. Eventually we got up later than usual and had a small breakfast of yoghurt and a pastry that we had bought the night before. We left 'home' about 9:15 and walked to the nearby Metro station where we caught the train to the main station at Termini. Changing to the other line brought a big shock at the crowds. At first I didn't think that we would even get on the next train but somehow we all squeezed on. By the time we got to the station near the Vatican the train was almost...

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Oct 16, 2015 - Rome - Colosseum and all that.

Have I mentioned the traffic in Rome yet? I think not. Unlike all the other cities and towns we have visited where we felt quite comfortable crossing the road and walking along streets with no sidewalks Rome's drivers have us ever watchful and fearful for our very lives. There is a big game of bluff played out in the streets between drivers and pedestrians. Even at light controlled crossings you have to be prepared to step out and bluff the driver into stopping otherwise they just drive on through. The motorscooterists are by far...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Rome and cooking class #2

Tonight we had our second cooking class this one was with a delightful architect turned chef and cooking teacher, Aurelio Carraffa, who introduced us to "la cuchina romana". Even though we had made or attempted to make each of the dishes previously in Australia, these were a new experience. First off we started with bruschetta made with real tasting tomatoes, olive oil and basil. Then we started preparing our dessert which was to be tiramisu but unlike any we have ever tasted before. It included egg yolks and whites as well as...

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