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Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome February 17th 2019

If you are quiet and open-minded, you can sense the souls of those who were here before us. I first felt the energy when I visited the Catacombs. Although actual bodies no longer lay in rest there, the Catacombs are full of those spirits who once resided there. A person does not have to believe in the afterlife to appreciate the underground cemetery. When you see the recesses where the bodies were once housed – especially the ones which kept the infants and children – it will have you re-evaluating your life. People also do not need to believe I could sense the energy emanating from my surroundings – I just know what I felt. As much as I enjoyed the Catacombs, I found the Capuchin Crypts far more intriguing. When our tour guide told us ... read more
Capuchin Crypts

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome December 18th 2018

We woke up and got ready and then crossed the street to the café we found last night across from the hotel where we got fresh orange juice and a chocolate croissant. The guy running the café remembered us from last night when we stopped by and asked if he served pastries in the morning. We went back to the hotel and checked out, but we got them to hold our luggage. We then walked the 15 blocks to the metro station and took the metro to the Coliseum. The Roma pass we bought in the states and picked up yesterday allowed us to get on the metro free, but we couldn’t figure out how to use it. We showed it to a guard and he smiled and opened the entrance for us. Ok, so that ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome December 16th 2018

We started in Raleigh and boarded our flight from RDU to Rome. Susan loved the first-class seat that included champagne, a large pillow, lie flat seats… Of course, I did too. We had a nice meal and then tried to crash. I slept some but again you just don’t get too much sleep on a flight when you are going to bed at 8 and waking up at 1. Your body just isn’t used to those times. We got to Paris, went thru passport control and headed to our flight to Rome. Air France first class was nothing more than regular class except the service. It was disappointing. We arrived in Rome and took a taxi to the hotel. Our first stop after the hotel was to get our Roma pass that we had purchased online. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome December 8th 2018

We had a busy day touring. It was 60+ and sunny all day. We started with breakfast again at the hotel. The Coliseum was next with a wait in the lines. We toured the Coliseum viewing some of the historical information first and then we went in to tour the inside. Amazing architecture. We took the train from there to San Giovani. After a lunch of pizza we went through Chapel of San Lorenzo. It is the Church with the holy stairs that are said to be originally from Jerusalem from the hall of Pontius Pilate's palace. The stairs were closed for renovation, but there was a window to view the stairs. Afterwards we went to a cafe' nearby as we needed to have a sweet treat while we used the WiFi to look up the ... read more
Sriracha and the nuns on bus 218
Aquila Nera
Waiting at the San Callisto Catacombs

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome December 5th 2018

We made it to Rome this afternoon. The hotel is very nice! 2 large rooms with king bed, pull ot sleeper and a twin bed. We had a snack of pizza and then did a quick walking tour of Rome. We had a nice dinner and then of course some gelato. ... read more
Pedro and the girls waiting for the train at the airport
Pizza snack in Rome
Up the stairs

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome November 18th 2018

Day 1 (Fri): Babymoon is on! We planned this trip beginning of the year with a stealing deal for flight to Rome! Now in November, guess what, I’m 20 weeks pregnant! After confirming with two doctors that I’d be ok to fly, it was on! I actually feel good after the nasty morning sickness subsided. My bump isn’t so big yet either. The only thing is, though, I had to remember: no caffe, no wine, no prosciutto, no fresh mozzarella, and no tiramisu...sad face. But hey, there are a lot that I can eat like pizza, pasta, and pastries. Flight was not the most comfortable but I was more worried about catching germs, staying hydrated, and circulation. I clorox’ed my seat to death, wore compression socks, and made sure I had the aisle seat so I ... read more
Colosseum
Colosseum and the little one
Colosseum

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 30th 2018

On a finalement décidé de passer une nautre journée et demi à Rome avant de repartir. On a acheté nos billets de train en avance. Le train est à 12:34. Notre Airbnb nous laisse quitter à 11:30. On aurait donc le temps de se reprendre pour le château. On saute dans un taxi. Vous vous rappelez quand je vous parlais d’entubage au premier post du voyage? En voici un autre exemple. Je demande au chauffeur combien ça coute avant de partir. Il me dit 20 euros. Je regarde Genevieve. On n’a pas 10 000 options. Le château étant une des principales attractions touristiques de la ville, un autobus s’y rend... à chaque 2 heures... on n’a pas 5 heures pour visiter le château. On embarque dans le taxi. Je vois que le dude n’a pas parti ... read more
La fontaine de Piazza di Espana
Romy tenait à aller jouer dans l’eau...
Les bulles de savon, le highlight du voyage de Romy

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 11th 2018

Day 5 - From the monuments of the ancient empire, the Eternal City is an unrivaled open-air museum.The tiny enclave of Vatican City is home to sacred sites and priceless art. It was raining the morning of our tour to Rome. We met up with our tour group at the port of Civitavecchia, and was driven to the Vatican in an hour and a half time. At the Vatican, we admired the Renaissance spendors of St Peter's Basilica. As we walked along the streets we saw the famous Swiss Guards protecting the Vatican. From there we proceeded to see the incredible Colosseum and strolled the remains of the Forum. To top off our tour, we visited the Trevi Fountain, a Baroque landmark.... read more
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Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 9th 2018

Rome. Là où toutes les routes mènent. Cette fois-ci, la notre aussi. Notre avion a atterrit sans encombre. On a réussi le vol complet sans se faire éjecter de l’avion. Première victoire. On s’achète une carte SIM. Demi victoire. On a l’internet mais le téléphone (et les textos) ne fonctionnent pas. Misère. 50 euros pour pas de téléphone/pas de textos. Si je recroiser la dame en revenant à l’aeroport, je la bats avec mon soulier. On récupère nos bagages et on se dirige vers notre premier appart. Un peu excentré mais à côté d’un métro. Rick est bien sympathique et l’appart est très bien. Romy va dormir dans un lit normal. Ouf... pas convaincu. En arrivant, on s’est étendu un instant pour se détendre. 3 heures plus tard, force est de constater qu’on ne visitera pas ... read more
Premier souper à Rome
pas propre mais efficace..
Romy qui revient de confesse

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 8th 2018

We were up early for a last walk around the city. What a perfect day: nice temperature and too early for the mobs. Left Florence late-morning on the “rapido” to Rome. Arrived and checked into our hotel, Ludovisi Palace near Porta Pinciana (and the Borghese Gardens), dropped off our bags and went to one of our favorite restaurants, Vladimiro, just around the corner. We had a long lunch (finishing around 3:30) and took a restorative walk before resting … from the exhausting effort of moving fork to mouth. Out into the evening world for another relaxing walk and early to bed. A nice day, not filled with activity.... read more
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