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Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome September 25th 1974

Day 13 Wednesday Patricia Dorsey Murphy Rome Clear cool This morning we toured around … went into the audience hall to see the Pope. Saw him only briefly. Had several things blessed. Saw the Pieta and Moses by Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel..the Catacombs..very busy day. Supposed to go to Tivoli Gardens tonight, but we may not go. We did go to Tivoli Gardens and it was beautiful. Situated about 18 miles from Rome. The palace and fountains and gardens were built for Lucretia Borgia's third son. Tomorrow is a free day. Bought some delicious banana grapes. Dianne Dorsey Parker Gilbreath Place: Rome, Italy Weather: Warm & sunny This AM after breakfast, we had a tour to the colosseum. This is where the Romans had their arena for sports, etc. Approx. 3rd century. It held 50,000 people ... read more
Roman Colosseum

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome September 24th 1974

Day 12 Tuesday Patricia Dorsey Murphy Rome Rainy then clear and cool Arrived Rome after 6:00. Ate lunch outside of Florence after a tour of Firenze. We saw Michelangelo’s David...outstanding. Went inside the Cathedral of Mary of the Flower. nice tour. This evening Mother, Daddy, Dianne and I found a nice inexpensive restaurant to have dinner in and went on a tour of Rome ..saw ruins, Coliseum, Trevi Fountain threw two coins in...tomorrow another tour of Rome. Dianne Dorsey Parker Gilbreath Place: Florence & Rome Italy (Colony) Weather: rainy & partly clouded Left hotel in Florence early and went on tour of city. Went to Mary of the Florence Church with highest dome without supports. Church were Michael Angelo was buried and other very great Italians. Best of all, went to see “The David” which Michael ... read more
Patty Postcard

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 23rd 1974

Day 11 Monday Patty Dorsey Murphy Florence, Italy Nice mild We took a tour of Venice in the morning. Went all thru St. Marcos with a tour guide. Saw a glass display. Sat on St Mark's Square for lunch. Drove thru Appinnes Mts. Ate lunch in Bologna...on to Florence and the Auto Park Hotel. Quiet evening room early. Tomorrow we tour Florence and off to Rome. Dianne Dorsey Parker Gilbreath Place: Venice & Florence (Auto Park Hotel) Weather: nice & sunny Left Venice early and rough night as took pill for constipation and spent the night in bathroom. Stopped in Bologna, Italy for lunch and went on to Florence. It is nice here and suppose to tour tomorrow. I feel better today. Italian people are not as friendly here as other parts of Europe. Before ... read more
Doge's Palace
St Mark's Square

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 22nd 1974

Day 10 Sunday Patricia Dorsey Murphy Venice, Italy cool, nice Driving through Innsbruck. Went inside Wilten Bascillica...Rococco style. Arrived in Venice. Hotel Triton..went on a gondola ride until 11 O'Clock..will tour Venice in the morning and be off for Florence later. Dianne Dorsey Parker Gilbreath Place: Venice, Italy Weather: cool - nice - Tritone Hotel Left Innsbruck early and crossed over to Italy in AM. Went thru the Dolomite Mtn range and was beautiful. People different here. Saw a man wetting on side of road in full view. Stopped for lunch in mountains. Arrived in Venice about 7:30 PM. After dinner went into Venice and rode gondolas. Rode with Pat, Karen, Mary & Patty. Sang and cut up - was fun. Drank wine - WOW! ... read more
Post Card

Europe » Italy » Marche » Potenza Picena March 3rd 1972

Day 21 - Friday 3rd March Hurray this time the promise of a lift was true (unlike Varese). However it was a slow journey as my driver stopped at several chemists along the route - maybe a sales representative ! The scenery along the route was fairly pretty but not devasting - it was also noticeable where the main tourist beaches were situated. I arrived at Ancona at 11am. Plenty of time to exchange some travellers cheques ( a good rate for Lira) and to buy some food for the next couple of days journey before reaching the next main destination of Dubrovnik. I found a nice looking supermarket with friendly staff and just about managed to avoid knocking over one of their displays. As the ferry was due to leave in the late afternoon, there ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome March 2nd 1972

Day 20 - Thursday 2nd March. The challenge today is to travel to Ancona on the east coast. The route is not particularly obvious but anyway it always depends on the luck of the lifts being offered. I left the hostel at 10am. The first lift drove me to the Ring Road and almost immediately a second lift to the autostrade. However I was dropped at a quite difficult spot as there were two prostitutes hanging around and a line of other hitch-hikers. After a walk further along the road, a car stopped and after much map pointing it appeared that he was heading in the right direction. Unfortunately the driver did not speak English or French and so it was a quiet journey just enjoying the scenery. The route was slightly rural as we drove ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome March 1st 1972

Day 19 - Wednesday 1st March Another day just for sightseeing. I decided that it was probably best to look around by myself so that I could concentrate on my own preferences and after waiting 20 minutes in the foyer, there was still no sign of Michael and Heather and so I left the Hostel and headed into Rome to St Peters Square. The Vatican is awe inspiring and simply amazing with its pillars, the overall superstructure and the statues. Inside the building is so very beautifully decorated especially its primary altars. The work of Bernini, the statue of St Peter, Michelangelo's Deity and the prayer chapel with St Peter kneeling before an altar. Just amazing architecture and paintings. Next stop the Vatican Museum for 500 Lira but unfortunately it closes at 2pm whereas you could ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome February 29th 1972

Day 18 - Wednesday 29th February A full day in Rome and with so many sights it seemed best to buy a guidebook - 600 Lira. First of all, must head to Poste Restante to collect any post (good there were three letters) and post off the completed film (alas no developed photographs were ever received). Places visited: Spanish Steps - not over impressed although a nice fountain and lots of artists to watch. Trevi Fountain - grand structure but slightly spoilt as unfortunately there was no water ! Victor Emmanuel Monument - a gleaming grand structure and really impressive. Walked to the top for an excellent view. Roman Forum - closed but some areas were visible through the hoardings. Capitol - government headquarters in old Rome and of course, the Romulus and Remus statue. Colosseum ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence February 28th 1972

Day 17 - Tuesday 28th February Left the Youth Hostel at 10am to start the 175 mile journey to Rome. The local bus route took us close to the autostrade but surprisingly charged us extra for our rucksacks. Today was a "hitch alone" day. After an hour, a brilliant piece of luck as I was picked up by a 30 ish year old very smart looking lady in a sports car and as an added bonus she was travelling to Rome. She was secretary to the American ambassador but surprisingly we conversed in French (in my case simple schoolboy French). She kindly helped me improve my Italian concentrating wisely on the key areas of days, numbers and food - at least I would now have a better level of pronunciation! The scenery for the journey was ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence February 27th 1972

Day 16 - Sunday 27th February Breakfast at the hostel was 150 Lira for rolls, jam and coffee. This is only the second time that I have stayed in the same place for a second day and so at last some proper time for sightseeing. So here goes. Unfortunately it rained nearly all day. Medici Chapel - with its four sculptures by Michelangelo of the four times of day. Medici Riccardi Palace - with its frescoes of the three kings. Baptistry of San Giovanni - with its three gates of paradise and biblical scenes in gold. The Cathedral - with its beautiful frontage and tower but we did not go in because there was a service taking place. Palazzo Vecchio (old palace) -closed at noon ! Uffigi Gallery - ceilings just so beautiful : Michaelangelo, Boticelli ... read more

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