This is going all too fast
Rome was everything we thought it would be and then some!! The people are smiling helpful, friendly.Very proud of their city and want to share it with all. It reminded us a bit like Melbourne, but prettier, much more history of course, and much easier to get around, and the weather perfect.. 24-25 sunny not a cloud in the sky... I am getting a tan!!!
Our hotel room was lovely, we have been lucky getting our own bathroom at every hotel so far, and lovely clean rooms. Our Rome accomodation had parquetry floors and prints of all the italian masterpieces on the walls, felt like I was sleeping in a museum! Still havent worked out the bidet! seems awfully complicated and amusing to me.
We have been walking on average about 5 hours a day, so are feeling very fit, it is no chore though. It is so lovely to walk and walk and keep seeing new and fascinating things, everything is so different!
We bought a tourist pass for the bus, a get on, get off pass for 48 hours, so we could jump on and jump off at anyplace, 16 stops on the route all historical or archeological sites,so MUCH to see. The bus had headsets so you can listen to the history of everything you are passing, a wonderful history lesson!
The vatican was a bit bewildering, so much wealth and treasure in one place...and two thirds of the world do not have enough to eat. It seems to be a place where over history, church officials have spent millions, to leave themselves some kind of monument I loved seeing the Hall of Maps, and The sistine Chapel, but it is such a shame it is all just a 'rake in the tourist dollar' affair. The Catholic church has sold 'copyright' of the chapel to a japanese tv station, in return for the company paying for the cleaning...seems blasphemous to me. I still got very emotional standing in the middle of The Vatican Square... spinning around and thinking.. I really am here! We passed the square on Sunday while the Pope was doing an audience.. thousands of people everywhere. The italians love their el Papa. Our guide is very popular with the vatican guards.. being a young pretty blonde american, and we got access to places not all do, even got to see the front door of the popes vatican apartment.
We also got the chance to go to the tombs under St Peters, was a bit spooky for me, while we were there some monks were singing chants behind a big screen, made for a very unusual atmosphere, Ian liked it.. I couldnt get out of there fast enough!
We were at the top of the spanish steps at midday on Sunday as the bells of Rome tolled... what a beautiful sound, bells ringing from everywhere.
The colleseum had to be my most favourite place, it is just...well collosal! Our guide was brilliant, telling us stories of ancient times, and the blood sports they enjoyed in the hey days of Rome. I also loved Trevi fountain, so beautiful once again it reminded me of movies I watched with my sisters when we were younger. When we get back I would really like to read a bit more about Roman History, from what I have learnt in the last few days, it is fascinating.
We had the best food we have had in the whole trip last night, In a little lane right near Trevi fountain...yummmmmy, melt in your mouth stuff, Minestroni soup, veal cutlets, clam pasta, tiramisu, served by a little old italian man with a warm personality, very entertaining...and then we met another couple from Australia.. Accountants from Bribie Island.A little older than us, they had treated themselves an European Holiday for their 40th wedding anniversary. They had just spent a week in a villa in Tuscany enjoyed after dinner drinks with them, great company, authentic atmosphere, and the best of food and drink. It is going to be hard to get used to 'real' life when we get back. This trip has ignited an urge to travel more, and I am already trying to talk Ian into us committing to coming back in 5 years or so to do more.
At the moment we are on a train to Venice..well to Venizia Santa Lucia, we will then catch a water bus to Venice, met another young couple from Austria, who were full of questions about Australia, they are all napping now, so I am busy clicking away on the computer. After Venice, we think we may go to Milan, then on to Paris. Missing you all very much, but loving every minute of this adventure xxxx