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    • Day6

      Rom

      April 6 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      Gestern auf der Zugfahrt von Pisa nach Rom haben wir das erste Mal das Meer gesehen. Wunderschönes Blau 🤩
      Nachmittags noch schnell einen Ausblick auf Rom erhascht und heut schon am Kollosseum und Forum Romanum vorbei spaziert. Bei all den Massen an Touristen reicht der Blick von außen. Ehrlich gesagt sieht man wunderbar in die Ausgrabungsstätte, wenn man herumspaziert. Noch zum Pantheon, zur Engelsburg und am Tiber entlang geschleudert, Piazza del Popolo und spanische Treppe und dann im Nieselregen ins Hotel.

      Yesterday we saw the seaside for the first time on you train from Pisa to Rome. Beautiful blue colour 💙.
      In the afternoon we took a walk to get a nice spot for a view over Rome. Today we already passed Colloseum and Forum Romanum. With all the tourists it's enough to see it from outside. Honestly you can see all over the history place while walking around. Pantheon, Castle Sant Angelo, walking along the river Tiber, piazza del Popolo and the Spanish steps and back to the hotel while it started raining.
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      Hi Ramona. Wünsche dir eine ganz schöne Zeit auf deiner Reise und bin jetzt schon ganz neidisch auf die schönen Fotos bis jetzt. LG Antje [Antje]

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    • Day8

      Rome again

      April 8 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Gestern war abenteuerlich und skurril. Eine Pyradime in Rom und ein See, der für eine Weltausstellung erschaffen wurde, die dann nie stattgefunden hat. Aber es war sonnig und fein.
      Heut ging es in die Catakomben. Danach ging es über zu meinem Lieblingthema in Städten - Aussicht und Brücken.
      Und zu guter Letzt noch der Trevi Brunnen, der allerdings so von Touristen überschwemmt war, dass wir gleich wieder weiter gingen.

      Yesterday was a exciting and bizarre day. A Pyradime in Rome and a lake which was made for the Expo which didn't take place at all. But it was a sunny and nice day.
      Today we went to the catacombs. Afterwards it was time for my favorite topic in cities - a great view and bridges.
      At the end we went to the Trevi Fountain. There were too many tourists, so we just past it and kept going 😅
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    • Day4

      Another busy Roman day

      September 25 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      I feel that this blog is rather more mundane than Camino days - I seem to just report on walking round and eating! But walking round of European cities, particularly one like Rome, is walking surrounded by history, and that is what makes it so magic and special….and we do clock up many kilometres….almost as much as some Camino days!

      So today we set off around 9am. The dire weather alerts (as so often happens) did not eventuate. The 100% rain and thunderstorms happened during the night, and this morning was very pleasant, working up to quite warm and sunny by midday. Walked down via Cavour to the area of all the fora ruins, climbed up Victor Emmanuel to the tomb of unknown soldier, up the hill to Marcus Aurelius on his bronze horse, then along to our favourite coffee shop for our morning fix.

      Then we walked via Piazza Navona to the river which we walked alongside, in the shade of the plane trees which are starting to shed their leaves…very peaceful. Being Sunday morning, the huge crowds not yet out, but there were many tour groups being herded along. So we went along to Castel St Angelo and turned in towards St Peter’s. Now there were crowds of course, but that is what happens when you want to enter the basilica. We found the queue and snaked along for about 45 minutes in line, but it is always worth it - such a huge amazing building, peaceful and overwhelming - and big enough not to feel crowded at all.

      Next we returned back along the river, past where we had come out before and walked as far as the Piazza del Popolo where we walked in and had a break at a caffe, a very welcome sit down! Amr had a glass of house wine which he said was Hartley or Paul worthy. I was not yet ready for wine and had a coffee…By this time the wind blew and the clouds gathered and a very light rain fell. When we set off again it was still slightly sprinkling and we actually used our umbrellas..walked up the path to the Borghese gardens above the Piazza, lovely view down and we walked a bit there, but not the day to spend hours in the wet. So we walked in a direct line from there - to Trinità dei Monti, along via sistina, quattro fontane, and the street that continues along after via nazionale but I’ve forgotten the name - till we got to our via Cavour…such a direct route home! We have already walked about 14 kms today, and that doesn’t count going out to dinner soon…

      Well now back from dinner and it is quite a story…Amr had read about an interesting good restaurant he wanted us to try…said it was quite a long walk, so that was ok - we do walking…so we set off, following the Google instructions on Amr’s phone, walking in a direction we’d never been before….we walked and walked, through unknown parts, not terribly upmarket, and I was wondering how it would be returning later in the dark, though most was ok..we passed important looking ruins and wondered where on earth we were…finally we came to the restaurant - quite small - to find it was fully booked and no chance for tonight…annoyingly they wouldn’t even take a booking for another day - said we needed to do it online (Amr had tried before and had difficulty)…so we trudged back, the upside being that we knew the way and it wasn’t late enough to be spooky! And after all that we ate at a little trattoria down the road from our hotel. And with great difficulty we did manage to book online for Sunday Oct 9 when we are back in Rome and the last night before we fly to Cairo. It had better be good!! One last thing - I looked on the map and found that we were out beyond S Giovanni Laterano, and some of the ruins were the porta s Giovanni and the city walls. This evening stroll took up our day’s total to 20 kms!!
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      Adventure Camino

      Glad the weather held off so you could get around those beautiful places - those kms do sound ‘Camino-like’.

      Traveler

      Wow 🤩🤩

      Traveler

      I look forward to hearing the report of the restaurant when you finally go!

       
    • Day5

      Umplanen

      June 6 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Nachdem wir ganz unbekümmert aus unserem Hotel zum Bahnhof gelaufen sind und 7:35 mit dem Zug nach Venedig fahren wollten, schauten wir nicht schlecht, als dort stand *CANCELLATO* 🥲 Noch besser, in den nächsten Stunden fährt kein Zug nach Venedig. Jetzt schauen wir uns nach einem anderen Plan um...
      Vielleicht sind wir noch in Florenz, vielleicht aber auch heute Abend schon in Jena 😅
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      Traveler

      Diesmal Like ich es nicht, da ihr drei mir so leid tut😔. Kopf hoch, drücken Euch aus Ottendorf die Daumen.

      6/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wir wünschen euch trotz allem eine gute Heimreise, egal wie es kommt ihr packt das schon😊

      6/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      oje, macht das Beste daraus

      6/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ich bin in Gedanken bei euch und drück euch fest. Ich bin sicher ihr packt das und plant das Beste für euch, 🍀wie die letzten Tage auch. 😘

      6/6/22Reply
       
    • Day44

      When in Rome

      September 17 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

      Omg. Tonight was so fun. This is what happens when you mix a Mexican, an Argentinian, a Kiwi, and 3 Canadians! Met in the common area and our group just slowly expanded. We went out for dinner to an Italian restaurant (omg it was soso good) and had probably a few too many laughs! The wine came in these HUGE jars. Then, we went back to the hostel for some salsa dancing lessons (I still can't salsa), and then Karaoke (sang hot n cold by Katy Perry)!!! Soso fun!!!Read more

      Traveler

      Good food and wine lead to a good time.

      Traveler

      love that quote hahaha

      Traveler

      Sounds soso fun!! Perhaps enhanced by that HUGE jar of wine!! 🍷💃🏼

      Traveler

      emphasis on JAR 😂 I love the jars, not just bottle haha

      Traveler

      Now that sounds like one to remember 🤣❤️

       
    • Day19

      Borghese 🏠⛲️

      May 28 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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      Traveler

      Prettyyyy

      5/30/22Reply
      Traveler

      A face for the ages!

      5/30/22Reply
      Traveler

      <3

      5/30/22Reply
      Traveler

      <3

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    • Day2

      Überwältigt

      July 17 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

      Nach kurzer Orientierungslosigkeit, haben wir nach dem Einchecken im Hotel auf der Suche nach dem Busstop für die Stadtrundfahrt an der „Basilika Papale di S. Maria Maggiore“ Halt gemacht. Sehr prunkvoll und beeindruckend gestaltet schauten wir uns die Kirche auch bon innen an.

      Erfolgreich haben wir dann den Busstop für die Stadtrundfahrt gefunden. Der erste Eindruck von Rom: Einfach überwältigend, wohin man sieht, prachtvolle Gebäude und gefühlt kann man in jeder Ecke etwas entdecken.

      Eigentlich sollte die Stadtrundfahrt uns beiden helfen, einen gewissen Plan zu machen. Eher noch sind wir nun endgültig im Planungschaos angekommen, weil es hier so viel zu machen gibt.
      Aber Planen war noch nie unsere Stärke.
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    • Day17

      Paninis and Gelato

      July 31 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

      After all the walking, we worked up an appetite! Since this was our last full day in Rome, I had a list of sights I wanted to check out. We found a café on the way to the Trevi Fountain and had these HUGE paninis…seriously, we could have split one! The owner twisted my arm to try a local beer, from Ferret Burrow Brewery, an APA, which I was surprised that I liked, since I’m not a huge fan of the IPAs.

      From here we made the short walk to the Trevi Fountain that was packed with people throwing their 3 coins, per the legend. My sister had mentioned a gelato shop that was in Eat, Pray, Love, that was nearby. We found Gelato di San Crispino and enjoyed one of many gelatos we have had on this trip. We didn’t have any change for the fountain, so I got some coins 🪙 for Sydney. After that, we had seen a sign for a rooftop bar overlooking the fountain, so we enjoyed some time out of the sun and were happy to meet up with our new cruise friends, Karen and Dennis.
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    • Day111

      Rom Tag 1

      September 19, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Die ewige Stadt macht Spass und ich esse unglaubliche Spaghetti Carbonara. Obwohl eine Metropole weitaus weniger anstrengend als Paris. Sicher nicht günstig aber sehenswert. Das letzte mal war ich als Kind hier.Read more

      Traveler

      Forum romanum, colosseum, fontana di trevi... alles an einem tag?

      9/21/20Reply
      The Tramp

      Ich war mal Soldat. Marschieren kann ich 😁

      9/22/20Reply
      Traveler

      Warst Du nicht bei den Sanitätern? 🤔

      9/24/20Reply
      The Tramp

      Du alte Hexe. 😁

      9/24/20Reply
       
    • Day23

      Rome

      October 12, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Arrived in a much warmer Rome on the flight from Amsterdam. The AirBnB apartment was great...no lounge area, but fully self-contained and 2 huge bedrooms with their own ensuites. Literally 400m from the Colosseum, and walking distance to all the attractions.

      Visited all the major attractions except Vatican City...we simply didn't have time.

      We pre-booked a guided tour of the Colosseum including underground and Tier 3 which were great. Not many people are allowed to get to Tier 3. Really enjoyed seeing the underground tunnels, lions cages and a rebuilt lift that took the animals up to the arena floor. Tier 3 offered fantastic views of the whole colosseum and outside ruins.
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