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Dec 2, 2016 - Vatican City

Vatican City Day! I am very excited about this day because I am a Dan Brown fan. And if that means nothing to you, go read a book. :) Anywho, Dan Brown wrote Angela and Demons, which is a sort of mystery thriller set in Roma, with emphasis on the Vatican. So I was quite excited to see these places in person, having seen them in the film. We took the metro for the first time to get to our meeting point. It was somewhat less obvious than some of the others we have taken, but Rome has a very interesting metro system in general. Only two...

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European Adventure

Dec 1, 2016 - Roma! Day one

I am being nagged because I am three days behind on blogs. Never fear. I'm on it! Right, so this morning, we had to be up a bit early (7am) so that we could get to the airport two hours before our 10am flight to Rome. Naturally, on these days we fully intend to go to bed early and then fail miserably and end up grumpy in the morning. Oh well. Oh, and also, there was snow! Honest to goodness snow on the ground. And on cars. And trees. It was very fun to see. Glad we weren't sticking around though. We caught a taxi as we figured it was way...

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European Adventure

Nov 11, 2016 - Rome - Day 2

Friday: I had a light breakfast this time and since I was checking out I had to pay for it which cost me 12,00 euros but I did need to eat before going out. Breakfast was the cheapest one as I ate some cereal, fruit and had coffee. . I checked out and left my bags at the front desk then found a Taxi outside to take me to the Coliseum. He didn't take credit cards so I had to pay 7,90 euros. Note to self, be sure to check first that they take cc's next time. . After arriving at the Coliseum, I started taking photos right away from the high...

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My Trip To Italy

Nov 10, 2016 - Rome

Thursday: I had a very weird night of sleep waking up at 4am for some reason after around 4 hours of sleep and I couldn't go back to sleep until 6. When I was awakened by my alarm at 8:30, I felt very disoriented. I showered and went to breakfast hoping it was just hunger but eating only seemed to make matters worse. The food although good seemed to be too rich and heavy as it was my 3rd morning of scrambled eggs, meat and cheese, coffee and a sweet roll. I pushed on though and checked at the front desk about using the bus system to get...

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My Trip To Italy

Nov 6, 2016 - Rome Italy - Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici

After disembarking the Jewel of the Seas in Civitavecchia, we took a tour back to Rome. First stop was Vatican City and St. Peter’s Square. That turned out to be all we got to see at the Vatican. Pope Francis was celebrating a Mass for criminals that day and they had St. Peter’s Basilica under heavy security. We had to go through 2 security checkpoints just to get into the square. But, at least I’ll know what I’m looking at the next time I see pictures of the Pope in St. Peter’s square. Not seeing the inside of St. Peter’s Basilica was...

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Retired at Last!

Oct 5, 2016 - Leaving our holiday behind us

Today was our last morning on the boat ... and last night was our last good night's sleep we will have for days!! Up early, final packing, breakfast, and then ... off the boat by 7.30am (coz that's what the cruise line wanted). That would have been OK if we hadn't have had to wait until 10am until our transfer arrived ... at a terminal without seats or a waiting room (well, not one that we were able to find until it was too late to actually sit down!!). So we stood around and sat on some roadwork signs chatting with and watching those...

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Luke's Football Tour

Oct 3, 2016 - All day at sea

Well there is nothing around us as far as the eye can see. The horizon is a long, long way away and there are no other boats, or land, or anything much at all really. You can see little ripples of waves, tiny wave motions, but not much white water at all. The boat is as calm as anything!! It’s just like we are sliding on a very even surface, moving, but not realizing we are. Mardi just said it’s like running a hot knife through butter, that’s how smooth a sail we are having. We awoke at 7.30 am (woo hoo), and then got ourselves ready, and...

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Luke's Football Tour

Sep 28, 2016 - Heading for our cruise

Hi all We are about to leave Rome and board our cruise liner. Unfortunately there is minimal internet service whilst we are away. Therefore this may be my last uploaded journal entry before we get back to Rome. I will write every day, but you may not get to read anything until next week. Have a great week … I know we will! Sharon and Diana :) PS If I do manage to get an entry or two done I will send you an update notice. We have had a very relaxing day today, and extremely stress free! This morning we packed our suitcases, got ourselves...

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Luke's Football Tour

Sep 27, 2016 - Roma, Italy

We are in Roma. After a really late night last night it was difficult to get out of bed this morning, but out we got and down for breakfast we went by 8.15am. After a continental breakfast, with scrambled eggs added, we had our hotel receptionist call us a taxi to take us to the Rossopomodoro Restaurant in the Largo di Torre Argentina ... and thank goodness we did. The receptionist from last night said it would take us about 15 minutes by bus so we thought we’d opt out of that advice and go via cab. It took us all of the 15 minutes, and...

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Luke's Football Tour

Sep 10, 2016 - Day 4 Rome

After an early star, 5am, to catch the bus by 6am so we could meet our tour at the Piazza Republica by 7am. All went beautifully to plan and we arrived with 15 minutes to spare. Boarded our bus for the three hour drive to Pompeii, stopping for a coffee/ hot chocolate half way and a delicious pastry with a lemon custard. Back on the bus arriving in Pompeii to rain.....great left our rain jackets in Rome. We all bought umbrella's (€3) and off we went with our guide who is a qualified archeologist but had to give it up because she hurt her...

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The Three of Us

Sep 9, 2016 - Day 3 Rome

Today it was time to tackle the Coloseum, Pallatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Off on the bus and train and even managing to change lines at the Termni Station and arrive at the Coloseum to find another huge crowd. We paid for a guided tour to get through quicker as the tickets we had were only for the entrance to the place and no miss the queue facility so this was the quickest way in. Once inside even though there were a lot of people, it was easier to move around. The history of the place was interesting and although Denise and I didn't...

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The Three of Us

Sep 8, 2016 - Day 2 Rome

Today is Denises's birthday and we had a 10am tour booked for the Vatican. So allowing plenty of time we caught the bus down to the Vatican rather than walking the 2.7kl. We met up with our tour guide and were inside the Vatican in about 10 minutes instead of waiting in the queue which was very long and looked like it would take hours to get in. Our guide was very good and explained everything clearly. We did the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Bascilica before ending up back in the square where we had lunch people watching again....

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The Three of Us

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