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May 8, 2014 - They say Rome wasn't built in a day...

...we well believe it! There is "stuff" everywhere Kev reckons. Mr Snap Happy was going wild with his camera today. At times, having both out at once! There is, honestly, something both visually magnificent and historically significant at every turn in the city centre. And today, we got to appreciate a lot of it. After a couple of fresh fruit cups for brekkie from the markets at our local square, we trotted a couple of kms to the Pope`s place. Soooo pleased I had the foresight to pre-book our tickets. We walked happily past the huge line...

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May 7, 2014 - Ready, set, Roma

My Venice local delivered me a wonderful caffè latte again this morning before we boarded our water-bus for the half hour ride to the train station. Italy is fast assuming pole position in the Gray's continental Europe favourites comp. Negotiating ourselves onto the train was a breeze after lugging our now, very heavy trolley cases on & off the water-buses. I feel some extra luggage charges coming on... The train ride to Rome provided some much needed down-time. We each caught some shut-eye while the train ripped through Padova, Bologna and...

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Apr 27, 2014 - Party at the Pope's House

Kev must've had a good sleep overnight. He woke up full of beans this morning. First he did "jazz hands" as he went into the bathroom to have a shower. He then decided to play a trick on our house-keeper Alex & participate in the crew-only evacuation drill. As the siren sounded, Kev put on the life jacket stored in our wardrobe, exited the room and started running down the very long hallway shouting "Run Alex run". He said "Mr Kevin, it's okay. Not for you Mr Kevin". Very funny!! A nice humorous start to the day :). So today is...

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Apr 26, 2014 - Civitavecchia

Today, Saturday, we are in Civitavecchia which is the port for Rome. We had thought of taking the train into Rome for a wander around but we found out how busy it was going to be because of the Cannonisation of the 2 Popes on Sunday. We decided we did not need to join the million+ pilgrims and visitors. Instead we had a nice walk along the seafront and found a nice pizza restaurant full of locals. We had a large Margarita Pizza and a small carafe of wine looking out at the sea – life is beautiful to quote an Italian movie from a few years...

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Apr 24, 2014 - Rome

Hey everyone! A few days ago I was in Rome (Italy), for the canonisation of: Pope John Paul II & Pope John XXIII. It was one of the most busiest days in history! Amazingly, Mum, Dad and I were part of it!! When we were in Rome we walked all around the place. It was really difficult to see some of the sites due to the crowds. We saw the 'Spanish Steps' and another famous site was 'Trevi Fountain'. Of course I also tried the roman gelato's and they were no different than the gelato's in Croatia. If ever go to Rome try getting one scoop of...

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Apr 19, 2014 - Roma

Roma Our last stop on the girl trip Italy tour was Rome, Easter weekend in Rome no less. I hadn’t thought the timing of it through very well but there was nothing I could do about it now. I had pre-arranged a parking place for Blacky in what I thought were the outskirts of Rome, since the B&B was in the center of the city and had no parking available. Mena had a girlfriend that lived in Rome who kept her car in a parking garage there. The two of them convinced the owner of the garage to let me leave Blacky for the weekend, for 18 Euro a...

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Apr 10, 2014 - La Famiglia

La Famiglia The next morning, Mena took me to Sermoneta, an exquisite jewel of a walled, hilltop town. I was snapping pictures constantly, there was so much charm around every corner. We took a tour of the Castello Caetani, a massive castle built by the Caetani family, very well preserved, with wonderful views of the valley below. After our morning of exploring, Mena drove us to have lunch with her other Nonna and Nonno, her mother’s parents. When we arrived at the freshly painted old house, near the end of a road halfway up a hill, her...

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Apr 8, 2014 - Family Time

Family Time I decided to take a night ferry from Palermo to Naples, rather than driving up the island, crossing to Calabria and driving to Naples on the mainland. It was the simplest, easiest way to get where I wanted to go, which was Terracina, on the coast about two hours south of Rome. I was staying with a family friend of Lisa’s, a young university girl named Mena. I left Cefalu after lunch with Mimmo and drove west along the coast. I wanted to see Monreale, a hill town on the edge of the port town of Palermo. The Cathedral of Monreale...

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Apr 4, 2014 - Day 2 – Friday 4 April - Rome

Second leg - Dubai to Rome. Flight was about an hour late due to the previous flight coming in late and then once we were boarded the air bridge to the plane would not retract and they had to get a mechanic to fix it. Our seats were over the wing... and the wings on a A380 are enormous!!!! So we couldn't see much. The on board cameras are fantastic though. Another 7 hours flew by (pun intended) with a couple of movies and bit of sleep. Once again the food was magnificent. Took some time to get through Rome customs and then got our shuttle...

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Mar 18, 2014 - Last day in Roma

A little sore, a little sleepy, having a great time. Hopped on our local open top bus. And sat in the sun on the way to St. Peter's. Some of the streets are lined with orange trees, full of big fat oranges. I wonder who gets them when they start to fall? So we go to St. Peter's and take the lift up to the top of the dome where you could see all the saint statues up close and personal and look out over the city. You can go inside the dome and look down on the thousands off people scurrying around. Then we went down and became scurriers...

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Mar 17, 2014 - Monday in Roma

So, Sunday we walked about 100 miles. More or less. Probably less, but it felt like 100 miles. So Monday was all about covering a lot of ground without killing ourselves. We are on vacation, not the Amazing Race. So we got two day passes to the Hop On, Hop Off bus and hopped on right outside our hotel. We spent about two hours, sitting in the sun on top of the bus, doing the entire circuit and enjoying the view. We got off at the Forum, right across from the Colosseum and started our walking tour there. The ticket from the Colosseum tour...

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Jan 28, 2014 - My first day in Rome

Enjoying it :) no pictures in the Sistine Chapel. It is now copy write by a Japanese company that paid I think, 10 (but maybe more) million Euros to have it cleaned and filmed every second of the 5 year job, done in the 90s (I think she said). It was some experience to study the chapel in an art history class in the late 90s and then to be in the room its self. no words. There is magic here and it has seeped into my soul and I have only been here, about 24 hours I am not the only one who can fee it, I was on the street waiting for the hop...

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