Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Day 2

Day 2 Rome Wednesday 30th June
Today was Colosseum, Forum and Palatine day. We walked and walked! The Colosseum is truly breathtaking and it was great to finally see it after teaching kids all about it for years. I thought Etihad Stadium was impressive but the Romans built one 2000 years ago!! -They have a lot in common but the Colosseum is even more elaborate. The Palatine's origins go back to the Romulus and Remus story. The ruins of the Forum take ages to walk through and you are left in awe of the Romans - how did they manage to build so many massive structures that were crowded into this large public area?
Today's highlights:
The Colosseum!!!
The Forum!!

Circus Maximus!
Putting our feet uf after hours of trekking through the ruins.
Hotel Piemonte - my hours of hotel internet reaserch have paid off. Very comfortable and friendly, free breaky, free internet all for $100 a night.

Being attacked by a couple of gladiators

The cold cappuccino.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 1

Day 1 ROME Tuesday 29th June
We didn't miss the plane!! Arrived in Rome at 7.30am. Booked in to the hotel Piemonte- very nice AND cheap. Just around the corner from the Termini (major train station).

Hightlights today:

Got great views of Lake Eyre as we crossed Aust.

Malaysian Airlines food was tops!!

Flew along the Mediterannean Sea - the coast of Greece is exactly the same as it is on the map!!

Great views of the mountains of Italy

Walked the steets of Rome today - You're right Sutts - it's just amazing how you walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and come across famous and historical land marks.

  • Trevi Fountain (the only place we found a crowd), Santa Maria Basilicav (beautiful inside and we heard the massive pipe organ being played while a service was run), Piazza della Republica.

Had the best gellati ever

Lived out the car chase scene from the movie "The Italian Job" as our mini bus hurlted us through the narrow streets of Rome at breakneck speed.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Night Before

It's late Sunday night and we are still packing.
I have just set up this blog amid the chaos so I
hope it is working.

Last night we celebrated Cathy's 50th at
Ballarat. Here's Cathy, Debbie and Kye enjoying
the night.