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Feb 26, 2005 - Rome, the eternal city!

There is so much to say about Rome, so I'll try to just give you the highlights of my time there. After coming back from Montecassino it was kinda late so I just ate a really good Italian dinner at our hotel and went to bed early; the long hike at Montecassino kicked my butt! Sunday our school went to the public Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Latin and I also got to go to confession (in English) there as well. I got to spend some time just meditating on the place I was at and its history after Mass which was so nice. My soul began to be...

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Feb 18, 2005 - Mom and I see some things we wanted to see in daylight

Mom and I just decided to walk around today and see what we could. We went window shopping and just followed what caught our eye until we ended up by the Trevi Fountain again. We had some FANTASTIC chinese food, then some equally fantastic gelatto and then went souvenir shopping. We saw the Palazzo di Montecitorio, with it's obelisk from Heliopolis, Egypt. It was brought to Rome in 10 BC by Emperor Augustus to serve as a sundial. Wow, it was so old! And behind this obelisk is the Chamber of Deputies, building finished in 1694 by Calo...

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Feb 17, 2005 - Church tour

Went on a church tour today. The weather was fantastic, it was warm enough to wear just a T-Shirt and no coat, and we were very optimistic as we set out. Unfortunately almost right away my mom and I saw a motorcycle accident, well the aftermath anyway. We saw a guy on his stomach twitching on the pavement and his girlfriend had blood coming out of her head, though she looked, hmm, not broken. Not like him. He was lying just wrong, somehow. She was just in shock. Had people not been directing traffic and trying to comfort him, the other...

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Feb 16, 2005 - Vatican, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Victor Emmanuel Monument, and Capitoline Museums

We started out today by taking a tour of the Vatican museums. Since it was a guided tour, everthing was very rushed and I didn't enjoy the experience very much. But we did get to see the Sistene Chapel. Somehow it was different than I imagined it though it was nonetheless beautiful. I have never been a fan of frescoes, as I usually think they look cartoony. No one could ever accuse any of Michelangelo's works in the Sistene Chapel of being cartoony. They were very beautiful. (Some of the other artist's frescoes WERE a little cartoony,...

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Feb 15, 2005 - Wandering the streets

Mom and I decided to do a walking tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. The weather today was sunny but bitterly cold. It was fairly warm if you were out of the wind, were in the sun and were wearing dark colors. The Colosseum was fantastic! I couldn't imagine people actually being there and watching sports, though, no matter how hard I tried to use "The Gladiator" as a reference. It just seemed really old and decrepid, like a mountain or other landscape. Almost not human, just something that has been there for a really...

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Feb 15, 2005 - Rome

After we left Mauricio at the train station, we boarded our train to Rome. It was a 7 hour ride, and was uneventful for the most part. We had 4 seats for ourselves for the first part of the trip. About 2 hours into it, two people showed up and we had to share. They were a French speaking woman and an Arab speaking man. Melissa thinks they were just teacher and student, I think there was something else going on with them. Either way, she spoke no english, and he only spoke a little. Melissa spent the next few hours speaking French and...

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Feb 14, 2005 - Valentine's Day and crazy Americans

Well we got into Rome this morning and our taxi driver was very nice. We got to the hotel and were totally exhausted due to the discomfort of the train ride. We took naps and showers and then got ready to go out. We walked to the Piazza della Republica, then to Piazza Venezia and saw the Victor Emanuel Monument. Then we had dinner near our hotel and waited for our "Rome By Night" tour guide to pick us up. When we got to the meeting place for the bus, we had to wait an hour before leaving. Apparently some Americans were late being picked up...

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Jan 30, 2005 - Tante Aguri a Te, Tante Aguri a Te ...

Today is my birthday - I hadn't planned on it being here in Anzano but hey. I mentioned that I didn't want to have anything done for it but do you think they listened - Gina was up doing stuff - I smelt a cake in the oven and then Domenica came over. From here on they were into it - cooking up a storm. I stayed in the kitchen watching videos of birthday parties to see glimpses of my dad. Gina also gave me some photos to take back. Time is against me right now so I will summarise: Had a birthday lunch - it was great. Uncles, aunties and...

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Jan 15, 2005 - Pizza by the Kilo - Ah, Roma

Nothing excites the soul like the faint smell of pizza margherita, red wine and a vespa zooming past you at break neck speed; Rome, a city of superb ancient wonders, beautiful people, fantastic shopping, delightful food and a romantic charm. As this was a return visit to Rome (coin in the Trevi worked) and it being Mediterranean country, I felt like being back in Athens, without the chaos! I meet Sarah and Rachel, both long term friends from Canberra at Termini Station and settled into our 3 bed pensione near the Station. First order of...

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Jan 12, 2005 - Arrived Rome - GPS failed me - bugger !

Hi there In Naples now - Wow - craziest place I have ever been to - the drivers are insane !. Got to Rome 2 days ago and was met at the airport by the car company - great service - hopped in the car and away I went. My GPS unit failed me - forgot to register the maps so made it to the hotel - through Rome - without a map - just a few lines of text directions. A phone call to the hotel and stopping to ask directions along the way I made it - Liz will know how this would have all gone down !. Yesterday visited a guy in a computer shop to...

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Jan 3, 2005 - Rome

Ciao! We're in the land of gelato, cappuccino, fast cars and, of course, ruins every time you turn around. Each day the sights of Rome have been offset by brilliant blue sky and brisk but tolerable temperatures. We've put many km's on our new trekking shoes and we mastered the Roman bus and Metro systems. At the end of each day we're exhausted but very happy and satisfied. We took a tour of the Colosseum with a very entertaining guide. He made the history come alive with visions of gladiators, assorted animals and cheering crowds. Although...

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Dec 31, 2004 - Roma

So earlier in the month I heard that a fellow friend from usd (Sam) was planning to be in rome over new year's just as I was...random! So we decided to meet up on new years eve at the colesseum...probably one of the hardest places to find anyone but surprisingly we successfully met up and started on a huge walk of the city! That first night we seriously covered all of rome before midnight! Rome was definitely more beautiful than I expected it was so hilly and green with beautiful old trees everywhere. We walked from the colesseum to the...

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