Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Trip to Italy

We headed to Rome, from the Newark airport via Lisbon, Portugal on May 22. We flew all night and arrived in Rome, tired at 1:00 pm or so. I can't really remember, it was all a blur.

We travelled economy style so our first location we stayed at was a monastary!! On Saturday night we were lulled to sleep by nuns chanting and singing. It was a pretty building in a nice neighborhood somewhat close to the Vatican.

Of course when we got to our train stop we had no idea how to get to our hotel. We walked, with our suitcases in the direction that we thought our hotel would be in hopes that we would find a taxi. NOTE: Taxis will only pick you up from a Taxi location. You can't just wave one down and hope that it will stop. You have to find a taxi pickup spot. Which, luck would have it, we stumbled upon one. It took about 5 minutes and 10 euros (a total ripoff!!) to find our hotel (monastary).

On Sunday we went to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. It was amazing - I love ancient history and it was so exciting to walk around where ancient Romans and many other nationalities lived a loooong time ago. It is difficult to describe the scale - the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill is enormous. It would've been quite a spectacular site in it's full glory.

Everything was great except for it was HOT!!! At about 3:00 we were tired of being sweaty and hot and went back to the hotel for a siesta. Then we conquered the rest of the Palatine Hill and the Venezia Plaza.

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