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Travel Blogs from Rome
Our first 2 flights were thankfully uneventful. Upon arriving at JFK we learned our flight was delayed due to mechanical difficulties. Cindy seemed to be a little stressed with this news but kept a good attitude. Finally after 3 hours we boarded and were headed to Rome. We both managed to get about 3 hours of sleep during our 7 1/2 hours flight. …
Day 2 in Rome started with a late wake up. The view from our bathroom window as we describe is large, heavy wooden shutters opening to a view of a sidewalk cafe and two accordian players. Is this for real!!!! What a wonderful start to Day 2. We left our hotel and walked down the street to a most quaint and unique cafe. We were greeted by a very …
... Vatican with our Italian guide Valeria or "Mama" as she wished to be called. She loved a good joke!!
The Vatican is its own self sufficient city in Rome and is controlled entirely by the Pope.
Inside the Vatican we were able to marvel many icons, two of which:
The Sistine chapel: an indescribable piece of art work and sacred place. The pope at the time of construction wished Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the chapel, which he ...
... in Italian. We were both very touched. He has a sense of humor and got the crowd going. Glad we did that. We will see him again on Wed as part of his General Audience, for which we asked for and were granted tickets to. · thank God for Papa Francis, because other than that, the day was a gong show. Not sure if Rome is normally this crazy, but it was literally wall to wall people on the streets everywhere. And traffic was in grid lock. There was a ...
... called the tour manager and said that he had to
postpone the tour until 1.30pm the next day, so we headed back to the
coach. It was then decided that we would do a driving tour of Rome,
but traffic was very bad that we also gave up this about 20 minutes
in. We stopped on the other side of the forum to decided what we
would do, while here we did get some pictures of the forum. While the
driving tour was short it was still worth it as we saw a lot of the
drive by ...