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... was covered in sand, for easing 'cleaning' at the end of the battle. You know the story I'm sure.
Beside the Colosseum used to stand the 100 foot bronze statute, Nero. But along with the bronze pieces of the Colosseum (used between the bricks for strength), Nero was melted during huge dark ages for money (and leaving many noticeable holes in the walls of the Colosseum). Next we went up Palatine Hill to see the old Palace of ...
... area actually was until we saw generated photos would would have covered the streets today. The Colosseum was grand and unbelievable but not as expecting as we thought it was going to be, I think Geoff was expecting to see gladiators, people dying, and lions and tigers, basically a scene from gladiator. Thankfully the metro was right there, we couldn't get lost and we made our way home with sore legs and feet from a long day. Love ...
... the meals took about two hours to enjoy. After Siena, we grabbed a train to Rome. Our stay in The Eternal City was very memorable. We rented an apartment outside of the busy area and used the very crowded but efficient and simple subway system. I liked having an apartment in a residential area so I could get a feel for the way the regular people of Rome live. We went to the grocery store and cooked several meals as well. We also did a night walk through the heart of ...
... is beautiful. There are lots of balconies with flower boxes.
We then had a traditional Italian dinner of four courses: salad, gnocchi (pasta), some meat dish - either pork or beef - not sure but it was yummy, and a creamy desert (also yummy).
Then a late bus ride to the hotel. We have another busy day ...
... of weeks.
We started October with our long-awaited excursion to Florence! We visited for our "long-weekend" so 4 days and 3 nights. It was lovely! It's a very manageable town that's quintessential Italy!
We visited Florence with my Art History professor, Paulo (who is quite flamboyant if I haven't already told you), with a purpose to learn LOTS of art. We saw the David, as an assignment. We went to the Uffizi, to take notes. And we went to Museo National, ...