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Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome May 30th 2023

We only had 2 partial days in Rome so had to make the most of them. Today we had a tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Forum. This was supposed to include the underground but, apparently no one could go underground today so the tour started in the arena area. The arena is where the contests took place, man vs. animals in the morning and the gladiator against gladiator in the afternoon. Apparently, it was a convenient way to hold executions. Hungry lions that had not eaten for a day face a person. Sounds like a real equal matchup! Boys were really interested in the lifts that lifted animals and people to the arena and the guide was great with explaining where they were located. From the Colosseum we went up to Palatine Hill. ... read more
The Colosseum
The view from Palatine Hill
The Forum from Palatine Hill

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome May 24th 2023

Our first flight was at 7am to Chicago so we got to the airport by 4:30am. As “Trusted Travelers” we sailed thru security. Of course, I’ve found that having no liquids or foods other than crackers, biscotti, muffins, is a major factor in getting thru easily. If we take a check bag, which we each get a free check bag, then everything questionable goes there. Bekki joined us at the airport, as she only came up with Emilio. Her departure gate was right next to ours, so she saw us off. Flights were long but Chicago was a nice break. We did not eat in Chicago though because we knew we’d get food soon on the flight, at least I was hoping I would. Gluten Free is always iffy, at least it was during Covid. Now, ... read more
Small Boys next to the Dino
Watch out!
1st for Grandkids- Gelato!

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome April 24th 2023

The last time I was in Rome I was a 5 month old baby. For some reason my parents nicknamed me the “Gnome in Rome”. Maybe it was because I always crinkled my nose. That was me smiling. I am now 12 years old and am not a gnome. I adore reading, gymnastics, hanging out with my family and friends, and much more. This travel blog is from my perspective, not Moomoo's (aka my mum). I have read my mum’s blog and am going to write an epilogue. I don’t know what I thought back then but here are my thoughts on Rome now: Trevi Fountain When I first entered the plaza, my first thought was “wow it’s so busy!” The Trevi fountain is gorgeous, and at night it was the best. But still busy. Maybe ... read more
The Trevi Fountain
Me at the Colosseum

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 6th 2022

“There‘s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.” - Charlotte Eriksson Well, we only had a short time in Rome, but we have loved it. Tomorrow we fly back home (that is, hopefully we fly back, provided we make our flight, more on that later). We had another full day today, roaming around this vibrant, beautiful, exasperating, and amazing city. We headed out this morning about 8:30, stopping for cappuccinos and croissants at a nearby coffee shop, before hopping on a bus to take us to St. Peter’s Basilica. We could have taken the metro, but the bus would get us closer to St. Peter’s than the metro. We waited in the security line for about 1/2 ... read more
St. Peter’s Square
St. Peter’s Square
St. Peter’s Square

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 5th 2022

Greetings from Rome! Monday (Oct 3) was a pretty chill last day in Lecce. We had a leisurely morning, with a breakfast of scrambled eggs and mushrooms, cheese and tomatoes, and toast, made by Susan. Delicious! I found another tailor on google, in the continuing quest to get my pantsuit hemmed, and success! The little tailor shop was just a short walk away, and we were helped along the way by really nice locals, one of whom took us right to the shop. While I was in getting my pants pinned, Susan and Beth were chatting with her (I believe there was a recommendation of various restaurant for dinner). I tried out my new purse today and I was really happy with it. We popped into several other shops (Susan got a purse and I got ... read more
Ross and I in our new Italian outfits!
Me with last Aperol Spritz in Lecce
Beth, Susan and I on the way to dinner

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 2nd 2022

For all of you who are waiting for my blog on Madagascar, sorry to disappoint you but unfortunately Ray tested positive for Covid two days before we were supposed to leave. We had to cancel the whole trip (a great disappointment for me but that's the life with Covid now). Luckily his symptoms were mild and recovery was very quick so we were able to go ahead with our planned 2nd half of 2022 trip which was Rome and Tuscany. We spent 4 days in Rome and vicinity. Our boutique hotel Gemme di Roma located 5 minutes walk from the train station and was in a neighborhood with lots of good restaurants. The host and hostess were very accommodating and they have great breakfast. I highly recommend this place if you are planning a trip to ... read more
Near Rome train station and 5 min walk from our hotel
Seafood salad
Gimme de Roma has great breakfast

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome September 23rd 2022

It was harder than I thought to get into the routine of a blog again so it's taken me a while to pull this together. One of the downsides of taking a lot of photos - they are time consuming to review and edit! Better late than never, here's the first installment of Marilyn's 2022/23 travel adventures. I hope to catch up in the next couple of weeks... While I was in Whitehorse, I got a phone message from Passport Canada, notifying me that my passport was finally available to pick-up after its summer drama (that’s a whole different story!). Yay – I could leave the country on September 22 as planned! If the Yukon adventure in mid-September was a gentle reintroduction into travel, Italy was like getting dropped into a madhouse! I booked two trips ... read more
Altare della Patria
Campo di Fiore1
Castel Sant Angelo

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome August 27th 2022

I’ve tried to blog since July but have gotten further and further behind. The muse just hasn’t been there. I’ll maybe get back to our grandkids trip and house hunting after we are back from this trip. But for now, we are in Italy, running amok! This trip started when we decided to attend the opera for Dale’s birthday. I then found operas for the day before and the day after his birthday that were going to be wonderful, so there the trip goes. I also wanted photos from Palatine Hill, something I didn’t get to last year, so added in Rome, but it is a good place to fly in and out of anyway. We started out, like most trips, with airplane flights. We decided to travel lighter this trip, with our 2 international size, ... read more
Food gathered by the flight crew
Real Food in Frankfurt
Gluten Free dinner in Rome

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome August 23rd 2022

TUE, 23 AUG 2022 – Day 11: Rome: Optional Free Day - Rome boasts ancient ruins, historical landmarks, religious buildings and a buzz like no other, and you’ve got a full free day to explore! Visit the Colosseum or the Roman Forum and drift backwards in time to when gladiators, chariots and lions dominated the arena. Join an excursion to the papal palace of Castel Gandolfo in the morning or spend the afternoon in the Vatican City - the smallest country in the world! Explore St Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s artwork in the Sistine Chapel. One of the best areas for sampling authentic Roman food is in Trastevere where restaurants, favoured by the locals, serve original and classic dishes you may not find elsewhere. Enjoy! Overnight – Hotel IH Hotel Roma Z3... read more
Vatican City
Vatican City
Vatican City

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome August 22nd 2022

MON, 22 AUG 2022 – Day 10: Rome - There is more of Italy to see - we’re off to the capital, Rome! This European metropolis buzzes with activity, tradition, passion, and an energy of its own. Our local Roman tour guide will introduce you to the city and its many historic sights, including the Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Piazza Navona, and if you choose to, the Colosseum. Why not join a food tour of the city led by an expert Roman chef and savour exquisite local dishes but remember to save some room for an included traditional dinner later this evening. Overnight – Hotel IH Hotel Roma Z3... read more
Walking Tour of Rome, Italy
Walking Tour of Rome, Italy
Walking Tour of Rome, Italy

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