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Dec 25, 2004 - Rome, Italy

Well Christmas in Rome. We've barely even seen part of this place. We got in yesterday and walked around a little bit. We got ourselves a tiny Christmas tree for mom. And then proptly got lost. We walked all over and then ended up running into the Pantheon. How often does that happen! When we looked at the map we had completely bipassed are hotel and just kept going and ran into the panthon. But that was a nice suprise. Today was really nice. We hopped on one of the open topped buses to tour around a little bit and go see the Vatican. It...

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Nelson Tracker

Dec 20, 2004 - Rome, Italy

Rome has more history than any place I have been to so far on this trip. It would take a lifetime to explore every place of interest. Arrived on a train from Naples this morning. Spent the rest of the day touring, since most of the sites are closed on Tuesday. Today I visited the Roman Forum, the commercial, political and religious centre of ancient Rome. I also climbed up to Palatine Hill, this is where Romulus supposedly founded the city. It has been inhabited since 1500 BC. Another famous site I went to was Constantine Triumphal Arch. It...

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Dec 18, 2004 - Rome Again!

I absolutely love Rome! This is my second time here and it still takes my breath away. I went to see my favourite spots and I visited some that missed the first time. I did a lot shopping and had a great time. I shopped the main street, Via del Corso, which also leads to Piazza Vienza on one end and Piazza di Popolo on the other. The Forum Romano and the Collisseum were a 10 minute walk from my hotel. It was absolutely fabulous. I took so many pictures I couldn't posssibly put them all on this site. You will never have pizza that is better...

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My Time in Bosnia

Dec 5, 2004 - Riomaggiore to Rome (via Pisa)

Pisa was a real laugh.. 1) it was pouring with rain.. i might as well have gone swimming in all my clothes.. same effect. 2) we had to trek about 2km from the train station to a leaning piece of concrete in the ground.. and get back again in 1.5 hours so we would not miss our train to rome.. and have i mentioned IT WAS POURING?? 3) This leaning piece of concrete in the ground bring up many a questions.. how dodgey were the surveyers back then when then built it. It has sunk 2.8m down because it was built on a MARSH.. now if you built...

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Nov 30, 2004 - Rain Drops in Rome

Bongiorno! We have had a wonderful experience in Tuscany. We picked olives, and then brought them to the press where they were turned into olive oil, which we had every night with dinner!! We got to see the press and learn about how it worked and everything...pretty neat! The people we stayed with were a lil ornory, but the food was absolutely wonderful, adn we have a couple of recipes to share that we have perfected. We took a trip into a little Tuscan town called Arezzo, and tryed to make it to this church dinner. we missed the dinner,...

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Nov 23, 2004 - ITALY - Back to Rome!

I got back to Rome Tuesday afternoon and it was nice and warm like it seems to always be in Rome. I just had good luck I think. I was pretty tired from the train ride from Venice but I didn't want to waste any of the time I had in Italy so I went out walking around some more and saw a few more sites. I think all coming to Italy did for me was make me want to go back SO bad! I found out from other people staying in hostels and what not about all these other things to do in Italy, things that aren't as touristy. I really want to travel down...

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Nov 19, 2004 - Rome

I think I'm still absorbing the fact that I just spent the weekend in Rome- I can't get over it! I've spent years wanting to see the Trevi Fountain and the Coliseum and the Sistine Chapel, and now that I have, I keep having to pinch myself and remind myself that it's real. I think the whole trip is like that- the incredible views and amazing buildings that I've seen take weeks or even months to sink in! Well, actually, there was another factor to the fuzzy unreality of this weekend- lots and lots of Benadryl. After priding myself on not...

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Nov 16, 2004 - ITALY - ROME!!

Well, I absolutely loved ROME and Italy for that matter! Everyone seriously needs to travel to Italy. There is SO much to see and do there! You could easily spend a few weeks just traveling around Italy and not see everything you wanted to see. I was in Rome for basically four days and didn't come close to seeing everything I wanted. It was so great because when I left Prague it was 30 deg. and when I got to Rome it was 65-70deg. It was bright and sunny the whole time. I thought I walked a lot in Berlin but Berlin doesn't hold a candle to...

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Nov 15, 2004 - ROME (italy)

Just one night and one full day to explore this massive historical metropolis. Pops having visited here 6 years ago, planned an itinery for the young Andy so he could see the main bits without rushing everywhere (yes she is a teacher and so yes she does like to plan). After booking into Gullivers House, the homely hostel pops stayed in last time, we walked thru the streets of Rome until we 'stumbled' across the Trevi fountain, a popular place best seen in the twilight hours. Round the corner was the Panthenon but in the dark one can only...

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Nov 12, 2004 - The Eternal City

Well, as the saying goes I guess it is inevitable that the road would lead me to Rome. I have been to some pretty impressive cities in Europe... Krakow, Stockholm, Berlin, Amsterdam, but Rome has to definitely be the new number one. I don't know what I was expecting but it is bigger, grander, more awe inspiring than I imagined. It feels like it is a massive movie set created to film gladiator movies; ancient ruins still mostly intact enveloped by a modern city buzzing with Vespa motor scooters, Lamborghinis and fashionable Italians....

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Nov 5, 2004 - Rome, Italy

I'm glad I took the Siena break because it recharged me for Rome. The bus ride from Siena was through Tuscany where every hill has a farmhouse or villa stuck on top. I wish that I had worked a little more on spending some time in the country when I saw this area from the bus. I think I've got the Italian way of crossing the street just about down. In a nutshell: Step right into the traffic and it will stop for you. After spending way too long at the curb while people pass by me and cross the street while I wait for a break in the traffic,...

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Oct 30, 2004 - Rome

I quickly ran out of class to catch the train to Stuttgart so that night I could catch a night train to Rome. I grabbed all of my things that I had packed the night before and off the bus stop I went. Although the bus was late, I made with plenty of time to the train station where I took the short trip to Stuttgart and got on a train headed for Munich, which is where the night train to Rome started from. On the train to Munich I sat next to a nice german girl who could speak English and we talked for the 2 hour train ride about all sorts of...

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