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Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 26th 2013

(one of my SD cards for my camera got all crazy on me and now everytime i plug it in, it asks if I would like 'to format the car now'? Something went wrong, I know not to answer yes, but if anyone knows of programs that work well to recover SD cards with this problem, please let me know. Or any solutions you have used or heard work. From online posts I beleive I should be able to recover the photos once back in the states. So can't share any of those photos unfortunately now) be sure to check extra Panoramics in the extra photos. Ok so Once again I've got some time I can write a bloggy blog. This one will be more sporadic as I want to get up to date on these ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 22nd 2013

It doesn't take long to adjust. As soon as I hear the wheels screech and feel the pounce of the plane connecting with the ground, it's as if every stress, worry, burden, or fear is released from my body. A lighter me steps off that plane and suddenly my heart beats a little faster. My smile is something I no longer control. My soul breathes a sigh of relief and says, finally we are home. What is it about one country, one city that can hold such power over me? I have been trying to answer that question for 10 years. It's actually what people ask me all the time, and my answer of "everything" usually doesn't provide any clarity into this place that holds the key to my heart. But, it is everything. It is ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 12th 2013

Woke up that morning looking forward to the day because I have always wanted to see Rome but kept putting it off for other cities. After breakfast we waited for the bus and Kate advised we would all have to fit into this bus. Considering there was over 40 of us it was going to be a tight fit. That turned out to be an understatement as you can see in the picture. I ended in more or less in Aileen's (Australia) lap. She and others were very cool about the tight quarters we had on the bus. Funniest part was when a few nuns had to squeeze into the bus as well. After 20-30 minutes of this we all pushed off the bus at the Metro stop and got into the Metro cars which I ... read more
Metro ride
Fountain at Spanish Steps

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 10th 2013

Back again. (be sure to check more photos out of Cinque Terre below the end of this entry) So I'll pick up with Florence and Cinque Terre and see how far I get to being up to date. Last weekend as in Thursday May 30th - Monday June 3rd, was our planned excursion for Florence and then a couple open days to ourselves to go and do whatever we please. Florence was a nice getaway from Rome. I didn't expect Rome to be such a big urban city with constant hustle and bustle! Cars, buses, vespas everywhere ALL the time it seems. "get in where you fit in" I think is the adopted motto when you're out on the street going from point A to B. Especially the trams! The term 'packed like sardines' is spot ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 6th 2013

So I finally visited Rome. Booked a very early morning flight so that I would have a full day ahead. All planned; at 11a.m I shall be heading off from my hotel for sightseeing. But no... First of all, you can't get out of Ciampino airport just like that. In the arrivals hall I bought a ticket for a bus to take me to city center. Then I walked out and saw a huge huge mass of people waiting. Buses come and go, but none of them is the company I got ticket for - tickets are not universal for all companies, though bus route is exactly the same for all... I get irritated waiting there, in the sun, and I want to actually buy another ticket and get out from there as soon as possible, ... read more


Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 5th 2013

This blog begins in Montelcino, a very beautiful part of Tuscany, known for the excellent wine Brunello. We spent the first afternoon wandering the town including the fortress/wine cellar, and wine tasting in small wine shops up and down the winding, steep cobbled streets. The next day we did a self directed tour of local wineries, just dropping by and seeing who was home really - not very difficult when there were over 200 close by. We had mixed fortunes - some were very hospitable with one grandma showing us her impressive cellar and plying us with homemade salami and bread. But on another occasion we were cornered by snarling dogs on a farm property. In all we visited 6 very different wineries and came away with a bottle of local vino from each. And Chris ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 4th 2013

Wish I could have started this sooner, but due to the lack of internet access with a computer until now, I couldn't start firing off entries and such. Also if some of the punctuations are odd in my writing it is because the keyboards here are not necessarily the same. And I don't feel like searching all over to make them correct :). I'll go ahead and blame misspellings on this issue as well. It's a little over one week in since I've arrived in Rome, and I already feel like I've seen so much. If it were to end tomorrow I would almost feel like I've had a full vacation already! But I guess there is still the school aspect as well. It's awesome to think I still have several weeks ahead of exploring, learning, ... read more
Getting my Indy 500 in!
My Room
View outisde my window down our street

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome May 30th 2013

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome May 26th 2013

Rome is a walking city. Around each corner is a new surprise--a bit of ruins, a medieval apartment, a Bernini statue or church--and hot, sweet, creamy cappuccino in every Bar. It's been cool and cloudy each day. Yesterday it was rainy and cold. This is better than hot, hot, hot. As a high and dry Colorado girl, the humidity makes the air feel hotter and colder than I'm used to. Love the feel of the air on my skin. Love the little working shops in Centro Storico--antiques, rugs, lamps, art. Often you will see craftsmen--usually men--working on old rugs, furniture, painting. Today off to a photography museum in Trastevere, not far from our apartment. The 2013 World Press photos are there.... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome May 17th 2013

Day 1 We arrived in Rome at the ridiculously early time of 7am. Oli visited Rome about ten years ago but as he has the memory of a fish it was like doing it all over again for him. We got a Terravision bus to Termini station which cost 4 Euro then caught the metro to our hotel. We stayed at Caesar’s Rooms which is right next to Ottaviano stop and two streets north of Vatican City. The tube was packed, we found out later the pope was out and about in St Peter’s Square so everyone was going to see that. We left our luggage at the hotel and walked to St Peter’s Square. The Square was completely packed out and the crowds extended down the long street which leads up to St Peter’s. We ... read more
Vatican City Gardens

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