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    • Day 19

      Borghese 🏠⛲️

      May 28, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      From the last few days. This is mostly Borghese content — a smaller but very beautiful museum in what I guess would be similar to the botanical gardens. I tried again taking a selfie with one of the statues and I think the resemblance is a bit closer than of the last one ‘Bontemps’. I will keep trying until I find the perfect match. There is then some photos of the Trevi fountain, still veryyy busy even though it was quite late as we walked back from the Borghese. I also got a gelato on the way back :)

      The last two pictures are from breakfast and lunch we got from 1 of the 3 or 4 pastry shops down the street. The mushroom circle sandwich was my fav.
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    • Day 14

      The Spanish Steps

      September 30, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Very large staircase... not gonna lie, too tired to climb but looked fab from the bottom.
      Very impressive fountain at the bottom and a lovely church at the top.
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    • Day 2

      Next Rome report

      September 23, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      It’s now 4 pm Saturday, and we are back in our room having a little break. So I’ll write up about yesterday afternoon and evening, and this morning as again tonight I think I will be ready for bed. Already I have been falling asleep just now….I think yesterday we were pumping adrenaline, but today has been a bit slower…

      After settling into the hotel we set off again, spotting more famous Roman sights. Along via Sistina to the church Trinita dei Monti at the top of the Spanish Steps, along via Condotti and the Corso, found the Campo di Fiori by a rather circuitous route and then wended back to the Piazza Venezia to our favourite bar and had a drink watching the chaos of traffic and people….perfect!

      Walked back, rather tired by then, but decided to have dinner at our very favourite restaurant, where Amr first discovered in 1982, and where have been on every visit to Rome. Last visit to Italy was 2011, but the waiter - who is one of the brothers who own it - remembered us (Amr actually, everyone recognises Amr!!) and we felt royally welcome. We showed him photos of us there, and with him, over the years! Lovely food as usual - grilled radicchio, salad, pasta and grilled calves liver, followed by tiramisu and with a half litre of house red. We were revived after that.

      But quite an early night - in bed by 9.30 and slept fairly well. Breakfast in hotel - perfectly fine, but Italian pastries don’t match French ones (now I am being picky)…had a hot chocolate there, as was saving my coffee experience for the best coffee shop near the pantheon - La Tazza d’oro. So we set off to conquer Rome again, but this morning have to admit was feeling rather spaced. First we walked down Cavour and up a huge staircase to St Pietro in Vincoli where there is the magnificent Michelangelo sculpture of Moses. Then we continued down, past the Colosseum and lots of wonderful rubble on our way to the coffee shop…more pep after that and we continued on to Piazza Navona via a church St Louis dei Francesi where there is a wonderful Caravaggio painting - the calling of St Matthew.

      Ended up at the Campo di Fiori again which now was filled with markets (last night it was totally cleared, no sign of markets, just the restaurants round the edge) and lots of activity. Sat down for a little lunch to revive and give us strength to walk back here. It has been quite crowded today, quite busy dodging people and managing the cobbled roads. Realise it is Saturday, so lots of weekend visitors to Rome, and we’ve seen quite a lot of tour groups being guided along, and bicycle tours careering through the crowds!! We love it!
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    • Day 2

      Italienischer Charme

      July 17, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

      Der Hunger trieb uns in ein schönes Lokal in einer Seitenstraße. Dieses war sehr gut besucht und die Entscheidung was auf dem Teller kommt war schnell gefallen. Pasta 🍝 Typisch italienisch. Wir haben es uns auch nicht nehmen lassen ein leckeres Dessert zu essen. Das war das beste Tiramisu, welches ich je gegessen habe.

      Nach dem Essen machten wir Halt am Trevi Brunnen. Beleuchtet bei Abenddämmerung ein unglaublich schönes Bauwerk. Tausende Menschen und alle auf der Suche nach dem ultimativen Schnappschuss. Wir waren natürlich mit dabei 😂.

      Als letzte Station stand die Spanische Treppe auf denn Programm. Irgendwie habe ich sie mir anders vorgestellt, aber schön war sie alle mal.
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    • Day 120

      Birthday in Rome!

      July 19, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 93 °F

      Miles: 8.0 Steps: 18522
      Flights stairs: 32

      I celebrated my 56th birthday today in Rome! It was beautiful and amazing.

      There is a record breaking heatwave that has hit Europe and we’re traveling right in the middle of it. It should be around mid 80’s here and is instead in the low 100’s - 15 to 20 degrees above average. We’re surviving, but it’s HOT!

      Today we got up early and went sightseeing before it got too bad. We started at the Trevi fountain (3000€ a day worth of coins thrown in there, all donated to charity), we walked to the Spanish steps, ran across a gorgeous cathedral, hit the Pantheon (absolutely amazing), hiked up the steps at the II Vittoriano monument, and then finished the day touring the coliseum. Amazing day, seeing amazing things I’ve only seen in the movies!

      We headed out for a birthday dinner of my choice (what else in Italy but Chinese food?!) and hit a Italian bakery for dessert (Tried a Roman specialty - Maritozzo). Then FaceTimed Adam … it was a great birthday!
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    • Day 431

      Rom 2.0

      May 9 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Der Wetterbericht meldete nur noch Regen so verabschiedeten wir uns von dem See und fuhren in Richtung Rom mit einem kleinen Zwischenhalt in Bullicame. Dort schmissen wir uns in Badehose und Bikini, dann spazierten wir zu den heissen Quellbecken. Das Wasser sprudelt dort mit 56°C aus der Erde und fliesst in mehrere Becken. Die natürlichen Minipools gehören der Gemeinde, sind kostenlos und mit ziemlich viel Algen ausgekleidet. Der Einstieg war sogar für uns Frostbeulen sauheiss, aber nach ein Paar Minuten haben wir uns an die Temperatur gewöhnt. Allerdings nur, bis wir schier gekocht wurden, wieder raus mussten und etwa gleich viel Zeit neben dem Pool, wie in dem Pool verbrachten. 😅
      Nach dem langersehnten warmen Bad zogen wir jedoch weiter nach Rom. Wir parkierten bei der Garage Berardo für 15 Euro die Nacht. Der Radweg, welcher bis in die Altstadt führt, beginnt gleich hinter dem Stellplatz.
      Am frühen Morgen fuhren wir mit den Fahrräder am Tiber entlang bis zum Forum Romanum. Von dort aus besichtigten wir die Stadt zu Fuss. Weil wir nicht zum ersten Mal in Rom waren, besichtigen wir ein paar andere Ecken, welche wir noch nicht kannten, jedoch besichtigten wir auch einige Klassiker.
      Die ständige Suche nach einem Küchenmesser hatte in der Innenstadt ein Ende, denn wir landeten in einem kleinen Ikea-Laden, wo wir ein Set mit drei Keramikmessern kauften.
      Zum Abschluss genossen wir die Stimmung und die Künstler auf der Piazza Navona.
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    • Day 16

      Renaissance (and more) Rome

      March 18, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Rome is known for its ancient history as well as its renaissance art and architecture. In fact, some of its best known sites are from the Renaissance and baroque periods.. Here are some that I visited.
      The 1st picture is the Trevi Fountain, the largest baroque fountain in Rome. It dates to the 18th century. It replaced previous fountains in this location and is carved from travertine marble quarried nearby. The water in this fountain is supplied by a Roman aqueduct built in the 1st century, 1 of 2 that still supply Rome with drinking water today.
      The 2nd picture, albeit not a very good picture, is of the Spanish Steps, another baroque masterpiece. The fountain in front of the steps is the 17th century fountain of the longboat, named after a boat dropped here by a Tiber flood. The steps were built in the 18th century by the Bourbons to link the Spanish embassy at the top with the Holy See at the bottom.
      The 3rd picture is of Mussolini's monumental structure. If you've seen pictures of IL Duce giving a speech or reviewing a parade, it was probably here. The statues on the roof are the largest in Rome, and the equestrian statue of Victor Emmanuel, Italy's 1st king is the 2nd largest. To give sense of scale, the equestrian statue was opened by Mussolini's people and a dinner party for 20 was seated inside.
      The 4th and 5th pictures are of the 16th century Jesuit Church of Jesus: the facade and the interior, respectively. This is the mother church of the Jesuits. It is said that this is the 1st truly baroque facade. The 5th picture is the high altar.
      The 6th picture is the Piazza Navona. In the center, with the obelisk, is the fountain of the 4 rivers by Bernini. The obelisk was Domitian's. To the right is the Church of St. Agnes in Agony.
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    • Day 21

      Vatican City / Rome

      April 18 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Started the day with a run around Rome. Fair to say it’s not a welcome city for morning runners - the sidewalks are broken, the roads are often cobblestone, the people are all smoking and blowing it at you - and there is little flat ground. I still had fun though - albeit got a little lost.

      After some breakfast we found 4 tickets for a Vatican Tour via our concierge (only $400 for the family). From there, in short, we spent most of the day travelling from our hotel to the Vatican (getting metro tickets alone was a challenge) lining up for the Vatican (the tour company we booked our tour through made some mistakes which set off a chain reaction of problems for the 30 of us in the group - which meant we waited an extra hour for our tour to start….), then a 2 hour tour of the Vatican. At the end, we took the exit from the museum and found ourselves out on the street. We had meant to stay in Vatican City and see the square…. 🤷‍♂️

      But well worth every second - I’m not sure I’ll ever see anything quite like it again. They’ve got some serious cash the popes! 🤣

      Finally made our way back to Rome for some shopping, the Spanish Stairs and some Aperol and dinner out.
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    • Day 67

      Rome's Piazzas & Fountains

      July 8 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

      We then went for a walk around the areas close to our hotel and retraced some of our steps from yesterday. We climbed down the Spanish Steps and spent time at Piazza Navona. We also went back to the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon to see if the crowds were any smaller than yesterday ... they werent.

      Today was 36 degrees and humid, so the beer and pizza tonight was well earned.

      P.S. We had a quick stop at the Colosseum on the way back from the Vatican. We will be back there in a few weeks.
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    • Day 3

      DAY 2 ROME

      October 27 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Started my day with a guided tour of Pantheon. I was very glad I did so much information. Then I visited churches and the Spanish steps somehow I ended up at the top after passing them several times I am directionally challengedRead more

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