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  • Day187

    Colosseum and more

    September 27, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Another full day after taking in the view from our bedroom balcony of Santa Maria Maggiore Church and a delicious breakfast of unlimited cakes and pastries in the associated patisserie we visited the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. We had audio guides for the Colosseum and I thought it was about right enough info to understand what you were seeing but not so much to swamp you or bore you senseless. The Forum etc we just mooched around reading the info boards if they were in the shade. After battling our way through Rome’s student protest about climate change which was asking place near the south edge of the Forum, we wandered South West towards Rome’s oldest bridge, this is the one that crosses onto a small island in the river that houses a hospital or at least it used too, passing as you would expect lots of churches on our way and seeing 2 Irish bars. We then crossed over the other branch of the river and wandered up through the gardens of Gianicolo towards the Vatican City to see St Peters Basilica. Photos from Colosseum and Forum on this post.Read more

  • Day1

    Durch Nacht und Nebel

    February 1, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Nachdem wir alle am Vormittag in der Schule mehr oder weniger durch unsere Anwesenheit geglänzt hatten, trafen mittags um 15 Uhr dann doch alle pünktlich am Bus ein und verstauten ihre Koffer. Unsere Reise begann wenig vielversprechend: Der Bus hatte beim Tanken ein Schild gerammt und die Windschutzscheibe war nun in einer Ecke gesplittert, wie uns der Busfahrer erzählte. Panzer Tape löste das Problem zwar auch nicht, doch vorsorglich wurde das Loch in der Scheibe damit geklebt und wir starteten unsere Fahrt in Richtung Flughafen pünktlich.

    Dort angekommen verlief das gesamte Check-In ohne Probleme, einige von uns versorgten sich noch mit Essen, dann ging es durch die Sicherheitskontrolle. Hier wurden Rucksäcke ausgeräumt, Schuhe von der Security kurzfristig in Beschlag genommen und Schmauchtests gemacht, am Ende schafften wir es dann aber doch alle durch die Kontrolle und ein wenig später auch ins Flugzeug.

    Da wir keine Sitzplätze gebucht hatten, saßen alle nun kreuz und quer im Flugzeug verteilt und die Sitzplatzwahl war ein wenig wie Glücksspiel. Angesichts des für auf 2 Stunden angesetzten Fluges war das aber auszuhalten. Unser Flugzeug wurde ein letztes Mal enteist, dann hoben wir ab in Richtung Rom. Einen zum Glück unspektakulären Flug später, der uns jedoch eine atemberaubende Sicht auf das nächtliche Rom und den Petersdom verschafft hatte, verließen wir unser Flugzeug wieder und betraten gegen halb 10 das windige Rom.

    Alle Koffer fanden ihren Weg zu ihren Besitzern zurück und während unsere Lehrer den Bus suchen gingen, bewunderten wir die Soldaten "im Schaufenster", die den Eingang des Flughafens bewachten. Mit dem Bus ging es dann zum Hotel, wo es angesichts der Zimmer einigen von uns erstmal ein wenig die Laune verdarb... Im Bad war Schimmel ein präsenter Begleiter und so wurden als erste Amtshandlung die anderen Zimmer begutachtet und die glücklichen Leute mit neueren Bädern erlaubten uns, dass wir dort duschen durften. Das Hotel selbst war sehr altmodisch und verwinkelt, doch 2 Sterne ließen nicht mehr erwarten. Wie wir wohl schlafen werden, mit zugigen Fenstern und in muffigen Zimmern?
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  • Day31

    Arrivederci, Italia!

    May 1, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Wow, it's hard to believe that our month in Italy has come to an end. We've certainly made the most of our time here and have covered many kilometers doing it. We've gone from the deep south to the far east in Puglia, enjoyed the rugged cliffs and beautiful coastline of Abruzzo and explored the rolling hills of Umbria.

    We've seen things, eaten food and drank wines unique to each region and spent time visiting with old friends. The pizza stains on my clothes will fade in time, but the memories of these thirty days will remain forever.

    This morning we took a short ride on Perugia's MiniMetro to the train station, where we'll catch our ride to Rome. We won't be spending any time in the Eternal City on this trip, we're just passing through on our way to the airport.

    Next stop: Marseilles! I'll finally be back in a country where I can speak the language, even though some people I know don't believe my Quebecois French truly qualifies as la langue de Moliere.

    On verra bien.
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  • Day7

    Museo Nazionale Palazzo Massimo

    May 12, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Doug spent time in this very impressive museum of ancient Roman and Greek artifacts. The displays are well done with excellent placards.

    The works of art are housed within a 19th century neo-renaissance style palace in the center of the city originally intended as a Jesuit seminary. The museum artifacts are spread over 4 floors and consist of sculptures, coins, jewelry, frescoes and mosaics from the Republican, Ancient Roman Empire and late Roman Empire periods. There are also original Greek sculptures which were discovered in Rome which include the Boxer at Rest, the Dying Niobid and the statue of Augustus Pontifex Maximus. Perhaps the best known piece in the museum is the Discus thrower (Lancelotti Discobolus) this is one of several copies of the 2nd century bronze original by Myron. There are very good frescoes that were found in the House of Livia on the Palatine Hill.

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  • Day3


    August 9, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C


    You’re planning a trip to Rome and have no idea where to start? Forget all the top ten things to do in Rome lists. Here’s the ultimate list of things you need to do and some don’ts so you can enjoy your trip to Rome to the fullest AND you won’t look like a unprepared tourist!

    The ultimate things to do in Rome (and some don’ts):

    DO: Throw one, two or three coins into the Trevi Fountain. One is for returning to Rome, two are for falling in love with a Roman and three are either for getting married to this Roman or getting divorced, the sources weren’t that clear about it. Worth a try, right?

    DON’T: Go to the Trevi Fountain by day, way too crowded. Better go there late during the night (so much more romantic too)

    DO: Eat a Quattro Formaggi in “Berzitello”. In my opinion the best pizzeria in town. And the waiters have tattoos. Period.

    DON’T: Eat a Quattro Formaggi in a pizzeria next to the Pantheon. Not worth the HIGH price. Nice view, but I recommend to have just a coffee there instead of lunch or dinner.

    DO: Have a gelato in a REAL gelateria. My tip: Giolitti!

    DON’T: Have a “fake” gelato. You can easily spot the fake one as the colour is verrrrry colourful. (Too colourful)

    DO: Go on a foody Rome Tour with EatingItalyFoodTours, say hi to Kenny from me!

    DON’T: Start a diet before your trip to Rome

    DO: Go on a VIP Colosseum Tour with WalksofItaly, you not only get to the underground but also to the top, where no one else is allowed to go.

    DON’T: Go to the Colosseum when everyone else wants to go, way too crowded and the waiting line is looong.

    DO: Book an apartment. I prefer staying in an apartment, as it really makes you feel like living in the city you’re visiting. Are you using Airbnb? If not: sign up via this link and you’ll get a $20 voucher.

    DON’T: Save money and book something OUTSIDE of Rome, as it’s such a lovely city to explore by foot if you’re staying somewhere central. Location is key.

    Here are some hotel recommendations in Rome if you don’t want to book an apartment:

    N°3 Town House Pantheon
    Hotel 87 eighty-seven
    Giuturna Boutique Hotel
    Parlamento Boutique Hotel
    Colonna Palace
    AND (last but not least): The only time it’s ok to drink a Cappuccino is in the morning for breakfast with a Cornetto. Don’t ever order a Cappuccino after lunch – everyone will immediately know you’re a tourist (but if you really really like Cappuccino and want to order one – just do it, they might judge you but who cares, right?)
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  • Day23

    Sonderkarte für Papstaudienz

    September 25, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Der Besuch im besagten Tourismusbüro hat ich für mich gelohnt. Habe eine VIP Karte für die morgige Papstauienz bekommen.
    Ich werde Papst Franziskus zwar nicht die Hand schütteln können, aber werde sehr sehr nah dran sein. Auf der Karte sieht man zwei rote Bereiche. Habe diese mit einem Pfeil markiert. Das wird der Bereich sein wo ich morgen sitzen kann. In dem keinen gelben Bereich in der Mitte wird der Papst sitzen. Der gemeine Pöbel und die Ungläubigen werden sehr viel weiter wegsitzen.

    War also schon mal ein sehr guter Start in Rom. Später oder morgen mehr...
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