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Sep 7, 2016 - Day 1 Rome

Well our first day in Rome.......what an eye opener. Firstly we thought we should put some food in the cupboard/fridge, so off we went to the super market. After walking in the wrong direction for who knows how far we finally found our way. Of course reading the labels was interesting to say the least but we managed and came home with everything from wine to washing powder. Well we think it is washing powder, it has pictures of clothes on the front of the box which was good enough for us. After a quick coffee and a yummy biscuit it was off...

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The Three of Us

Aug 31, 2016 - See ya Rome

Well today is our last day , we have made the most of it , set off early today for a tour of the Vstican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peters church . I had no idea of the history and artwork , sculptures , tapestries , mosaics and just what had been so well preserved . The church blew me away , I couldn't imagine anything so beautiful . The day started with a huge thunderstorm , cracks of lightning and thunder so close to us - I though surely this is not happening just because we are going to church . Anyway it was a good place to spend...

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Jul 11, 2016 - Walk around Rome, Vatican City

Today we did our own walking tour around Rome and visited Vatican City. We saw some famous fountains such as Four Rivers Fountain and Trevi Fountain. Trevi Fountain is absolutely spectacular. If it hadn't been so hot, we would have stayed longer! We did face our backs to the fountain and threw a coin which should bring us a return to Rome someday. :) Next, we saw the Pantheon. Huge pillars on the outside but pretty simple looking. On the inside, it is really beautiful. Different colors of marbles, beautiful statues. Raphael loves the...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Rome-Ancient City, Appian Way

This is our first day in Rome. Our flat is in such a great location...about three blocks from the colosseum and about one block from the Roman Forum. Our flat is quite cute. The downstairs has two sofa beds and a very small kitchen and the upstairs has a bedroom and bathroom. It is air conditioned...which is a HUGE plus! It doesn't blow out much air but every little bit helps! We are two doors down from a gelato stand so that is a bonus as well! We were at the Colosseum this morning when it opened and the place was virtually empty. We...

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Jun 25, 2016 - Rome

Friday 24th June 2016 The UK decides to leave the EU – not what we wanted but the vote was close 52% to leave and 48% to stay. However, we decide to head for Rome – about three hours away and instead of taking a direct route we do what the SatNav says and use the Autostrada – good call – the road surface is good and the traffic not too bad including a 10Km tunnel through some fantastic scenery. On joining the GRA – think Rome’s answer to the M25 round London – we immediately get in the wrong lane and have to worm our way onto the correct...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Ischia to Rome

We woke to a slightly grey and windy day, our last in Ischia. After the usual continental breakfast we packed and readied for our 11.10am shuttle back to the the port. After a circuitous route through the one-way streets we were dropped off at the ferry terminal to join the throng about to board. By this stage it was getting close to the forecast high of 26 degrees, although the wind helped a little. We found seats in the fairly cramped ferry and settled back for the one hour trip to Naples. On arrival at Naples port we were met once again...

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Thackers Go Fourth

Jun 4, 2016 - ROME

We dock at Civitavecchia (Cheevativeckia) in early morning and disembark to find our guide, Giovanni waiting for us holding a name card with Rose Moss clearly marked on it. The drive into Rome is about 60 km but Saturday seems to display a decrease in traffic which works well for us. The Colosseum is first on our list so even though we were advised against going we overruled that and carried on. As it turns out our guide "knew a guy" and we managed to bypass most of the huge hordes of people that were there to see this fantastic work of...

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May 28, 2016 - Santa Maria Maggiore, Barberini and the Pantheon

Today we didn't set the alarm. Got up slowly. Had breakfast and headed to the metro line. Took the metro to the Santa Maria Maggiore. There was no wait to get in .. it was so beautiful, we slowly took it all in. Back on the metro and over to the Barberini Square and fountain. Got hungry so we grabbed a table over looking the square and fountain. Watch traffic and people come and go. Then a walk over to the Pantheon. I found it the most amazing sight as we rounded the corner. It is so majestic. Next we were on to the Plazza Novona, there...

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May 26, 2016 - Colosseo and Roman Forum

Today we set the alarm for 7 to get on the go. Shower, breakfast and got on the metro to the Colosseum. We got our tickets, quick and easy, and entered the Colosseum. We walked around and explored for about 3 hours. It was so amazing absolutely took our breath away. Then we went over to the Roman Forum, the wait wasn't bad about 20 minutes to get in. We walked around exploring the Roman Forum for around another 3 hours. Then we walked around to take a look at the government capital. We were hungry so grabbed a table across from the capital...

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May 25, 2016 - On to Rome

Today we packed up.. again and headed down the highway. On the way we stopped in a sea side town, Ladispoli. It looked just like a mini Venus Beach, California. We went to McDonald for lunch to use the wifi.. Of course the wifi doesn't work for a computer. The burger was a waste. Oh well. Onward. We then arrived in Rome and found our accommodations. Again we are on the top floor of the condo complex. The apartment is very old and the owner inherited it from her aunt. The furniture is amazing itself. The apartment has a two sided balcony and...

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May 22, 2016 - Roma

Never the best way to begin a trip that starts with a full day of travelling. A 9am flight to Toronto has us going from one end of Pearson Airport to the other to make our connection. Turns out we had plenty of time so got the pleasure of a $15 rip-off wine. We arrive in Roma at 8am after little sleep and figure we just need to push through. None the less Gail finally falls asleep in the taxi to the hotel only to be jolted awake when our cabbie gets into a fender bender. As only they can do in Italy there is a lot of angry hand waving and...

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May 11, 2016 - Rome, Italy

Wow - what a day! We took the train into Rome today and joined the St. Pierre family on a tour of the city. The chapel and collisium were amazing to see but the big highlight was seeing the Pope at mass. The food here is also top notch - no lack of restaurants. This was a very long day but well worth the effort.

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