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    • Day 117


      March 20, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      OSTIA ANTICA Italien
      Eine reizende Ortschaft mit netten Flair und der daneben liegenden tollen Ausgrabungsstätte ist sicherlich einen Besuch wert, wann man in der Gegend um Rom ist. Ich besuche vormittags die Ausgrabung und gehe dann in das kleine Zentrum um mittags im Lokal Arianna al Borghetto Spagetti Carbonara zu essen
      Herrliches Wetter mit Sonne!
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    • Day 26

      Rom soll es heute werden

      September 14 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Heute sollte es dann Rom sein.
      Ich bin schon früh raus und war um 06.30 Uhr auf dem Rad.
      Die Anfahrt schleppte sich, je näher man an Rom kam.
      Zum Schluss war es nur noch Stop and Go ....über Kilometer.
      Aber dann war es geschafft. Zuerst auf dem Petersplatz gelandet.
      Da es schon halb 10 war, auch schon gut besucht. Die Schlange für den Dom war schon beträchtlich🤭
      Ich bin aber, nachdem ich die Atmosphäre einen Moment genossen habe, weiter. Volles Programm: Pantheon, Fontane di Trivi und dann Richtung Kolosseum.
      Ich war froh mit dem Rad unterwegs sein zu dürfen. Der Verkehr eine Katastrophe....ich habe mich irgendwie durchgemogelt. Schon beeindruckend die Bauwerke, aber definitiv zu viele Menschen.....überall ...
      Ich bin über die Via Appia Antica raus aus der Stadt. Sehr beeindruckend, teilweise alte Pflasterung (kaum fahrbar, eigentlich gar nicht)....aber tolle Eindrücke und Bauwerke, die den Zeitgeist zeigen.
      Hier spürt man, wie die Menschen vor 2000 Jahren über diese Straße Richtung Rom zogen.🥰

      Für die Strecke von 7 km habe ich fast eine Stunde gebraucht.
      Dann ist man raus aus Rom und es soll noch ein wenig südlich gehen.
      Wird aber etwas zäh, weil Unterkünfte in dieser Gegend nicht breit gestreut sind.
      Also lande ich wieder mit fast zuviel Kilometern an der Küste.
      Rauf auf den nächsten Campingplatz. Zelt aufbauen, duschen, Feierabend. 😊
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    • Day 63

      Bike: 67 kms, walk: 18 kms, sail: 0 n.m.

      June 5 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Since arriving in Fiumicino/ Tiber River, we have been in clean up mode and readying the boat for summer storage. We took our dinghy for a spin up the river which has marinas and boats of all sizes and types along both banks. We also scouted out how to get to Rome by transit which led us on a not so merry ride going in circles and backtracking with no success! We did see a lot of Fiumicino and the beach area though! In the end, we decided to take the wild and thorny route but on bikes Sunday morning so there was little traffic and no thorns. Whew! There aren't words to describe how busy and crowded Rome is. We stepped off the train at the Coliseum and could see the line extending completely around the Coliseum and down the road to Circo Massimo, so that ended any thought and desire to wait to enter! We walked and viewed the different ruins from outside the gates, wandered through gardens and crept into a church hosting a small wedding. The area around Trevi fountain was 15 people deep so I had to forgo throwing my coin for fear of taking out an eye! I'm thankful I saw Rome as a teenager. If it's ruins you want to see, I'd recommend Pompei over Rome although the Coliseum is spectacular in its magnitude.
      We enjoyed the stories of our neighbour, Walter from Austria, who has sailed all his life, including a 5 year sailing trip around the world. I have boat envy: he has a dishwasher, washer & dryer and a watermaker plus another 17 feet in length!
      He agrees with our analysis of Italian boaters: typically macho with speed and power a priority, inattentive bordering on negligent, and unaware of anchoring space! Otherwise, friendly and helpful with a laid back attitude to work schedules on land!
      One day left then we fly early to Paris where we overnight and fly home Thursday. I'll miss the calm river habitat with its bird song, the fragrant scents of jasmine and honeysuckle bushes, and the beauty of the palm and lemon trees, the bougainvillea and the sun on the water. But I'm ready to come home and join in the fun with friends🥰 and family❤, particularly 2 energetic, imaginative and inquisitive children! 😍😘
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    • Day 37

      Galleria Borghese

      May 28 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      We managed to get a ticket for Jan to join a tour of Villa Borghese after we accidentally booked for the three of us on the wrong date. Doug decided to go to Ostia Antica and Nancy went as a "companion" with Jennifer (City Tours) who arranged for her to enter free of charge. Nancy concluded she got a lot out of her second visit there (having gone in 2019), in part due to familiarity and review and also due to the excellent guided tour by a PhD in Art History.

      Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, commissioned and collected masterpieces of art into his private palazzo which became an art gallery and was sold to the Italian government in 1902 along with the estate.

      On the tour, we heard of the history of all the major pieces. Bernini's sculptures were a highlight. He started carving Apollo (god of music and poetry) and Daphne (a virginal nymph) when he was 23. Through the Vatican approved depiction of mythological characters; this contemporary theme of unwanted desire was considered to push the limits of acceptability, leading to the added inscription commissioned by Pope Urban VIII: "Those who love to pursue fleeting forms of pleasure, in the end find only leaves and bitter berries in their hands". David with the intense forward looking profile of the "Renaissance Man". Pauline, sister of Napoleon lying reclined in Roman style.

      Also a highlight were a number of masterpieces by Caravaggio (1571-1610): He was a controversial, popular and influential painter for the technique he used which used shadow to emphasize lighter areas and his use of "common people". His subjects were often from the poor or outcast populations of Rome placed within the context of accepted biblical scenes.
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    • Day 2

      Headed to the City

      November 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

      Fortunately, Kathy didn't get sick on the plane. We passed through Rome's immigration area very quickly and had no problems picking up my bag. Kathy must be very eager to get to Rome because I almost had to run to keep up with her. I don't know what the big rush is. If it was up to me, we would have gone a lot slower and appreciate some of the sites in the new airport. Anyway, were on the Leonardo Express train riding into the city of Rome. It's raining hard right now. I'm hoping that it stops soon.Read more

    • Day 37

      Ostia Antica

      May 28 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Took the Metro, then train (very easy) about 40 minutes out of town. Ostia Antica was an ancient Roman city and the port of ancient Rome located at the mouth of the Tiber River, near modern Ostia, 25 km southwest of Rome. Due to silting and the invasion of sand, the site now lies 3 km from the sea. Today, the site is a giant, 100-hectare archaeological park with many excavations.

      The entire site is open for exploring and wandering, with a few general information signs about the "districts". The trees and the abundance of wild poppies make it all very peaceful. It was so wild that you can just walk into all these old buildings and even on the 2,000 year old mosaic floors!
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    • Day 1

      Alle Wege führen nach Rom

      April 23 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Heute mache ich mich auf den Weg zu Julian nach Rom.
      Am Flughafen werde ich von Julian und Chris abgeholt und wir gehen schick essen. Naja die Jungs sind jetzt schicki-micki gewohnt 🤣
      Wir sind müde, aber die Sonne schein, Julian und ich wir haben uns wieder und alles ist prima.Read more

    • Day 5

      Alte Steine

      July 2, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      ... gab es heute, bevor es ans Meer geht. Wir haben uns angeschaut, wie die Römer in Ostia Antica gelebt haben. Joli hat jeden Stein fotografiert und wird euch, Omas & Opas sowie Alex, jedes Foto zeigen 😎Read more

    • Day 36

      Ostia Urbex Antica

      November 5, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Dernier jour d'ouverture des musées avant plusieurs semaines en Italie, et je crois que nous n'avons jamais aussi bien placé notre argent dans l'entrée d'un site touristique qu'en cette journée à Ostie !

      Petit récap historique : La ville antique d'Ostie était le principal port de Rome à son apogée. Elle a prospéré avant d'être complètement abandonnée à la chute de l'empire. Son site n'a jamais eu d'autre usage ensuite, il a été recouvert sous les sédiments pendant des siècles avant d'être remis à jour et ouvert au public.
      Mais il reste peu connu, et hors saison à la veille de sa fermeture, il n'y a pas un chat (ou plutôt si, il n'y a que ça). On a donc pu crapahuter presque seuls et quasiment librement dans une ville antique romaine de 34 hectares superbement préservée !

      Les portes nous étaient ouvertes pour 5h, mais 2 jours n'auraient pas été de trop pour tout voir.
      Après quelques pas et les premières découvertes, on se prend irrésistiblement au jeu d'incarner un citoyen romain de cette ville 2000 ans dans le passé. On foule le même sol, on touche les mêmes pierres, on déambule dans les même rues et ça a un côté vertigineux !
      En sachant que le temps risque de manquer, on fini même par se presser nerveusement dans ce labyrinthe plein de surprises avec le sentiment d'être un enfant dans un magasin de jouets avant Noël. Chaque quartier recèle un nouveau trésor, une mosaïque, un therme, un grenier, une échoppe, un temple, un théâtre... !

      Cette expérience aura été une des plus fortes vécues ici en Italie, on recommande vraiment de l'inclure dans la visite de Rome.
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