25 centuries in 8 hours

Trip Start Nov 07, 2013
Trip End Dec 11, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Saturday, November 9, 2013

Can't possibly begin to describe how amazing Rome is. Why haven't we visited Rome before?
I am too awestruck to digest this into a long blog today but I will catch up. Today we visited: the Colosseum, The Basilica of St. Peter in Chains ( chains magically fused- I have never heard about this -Penn and Teller? (Ken's theory) then the Trevi fountain (obligatory coins donated to Poseidon), then the Pantheon, then the Bernini fountain square that was a sports arena to the Romans and Pope's palace, then lunch (really good pizza, bruschetta, and pasta), then, at last, the Vatican, the museums, the Sistine chapel, Basilica of St. Peter, St. Peter's square. We believe Ken is still looking for the Pope.

Tomorrow we board our temporary home for the next 28 days. If the ship WiFi cooperates I will post pics. We continue to be amazed at what our travels hold for us.

I believe even more strongly than ever that the secret to world peace is travel, meeting real people, in their own places one to one. We continue on this mission.

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'We are safely ensconced on the ship, sitting in the obsersvation deck lounge' nwith our drinks (well the Susans and I are, }Ken is doing laundry.  So we decided it was time to provide more detail on Rome.  

First of all, this is for John Reardon.  We did see the Moses in St Peter in Chains.  We were totally impressed by Moses but spent a long time waiting for someone to put 1 Euro in so it would light up.  Finally someone lit it up- it was eeven better.  Sue thought is was a iracle and fell to her knees, until we showed her where the magic coin box was.  But we still haven't figured out those chains (Penn and Teller where are you)  We thought Michelangelo did pretty good job on that sculpture and I have a good picture of the Pope lounging above Moses.

Now we did start at the Colosseum.  Now here was a sports arena. Everyone showed up to watch animals and people die.  But the engineering waws unbelievable.  They filled it with water to stage naval battles..There was long discussion about what thumbs up and thumbs down meant, and later on, when we went to the Vatican gift shop, we saw a picture of the pope doing the thumbs up and we wondered if he was condemning someone to death or telling us all was well .  All the pictures of the new pope make him look like a happening kind of guy.  If Ken had found him we  would have had a drink with him.

The Pantheon was very cool-  Andrea liked the concept of of a temple to all Gods.  It's engineering was amazing.

We then went to the Bernini Fountain.  Sue was asked to take a lovely young couple's picture.  She managed to take a picture of herself several times, until Andrea saved her.  They now have a picture of a crazy Minnesotan on their phone.

And what can be say about the Vatican, we saw nuns who were nurses, pushing people in wheel chairs and smoking cigarettes. It's been a long time since we have seen nuns in habits.  Rome is crawling with them.  All the stuff at th Vatican is too overwhelming.  Andrea was disappointed in the quality of curation in the Vatican museum.  It seemed random and nothing was labeled..  However we were lucky in that we had a really cute guy, he really new his art history and he explained a lot and kept the four us moving.  Otherwise we would still be there.

 I will try to upload pictures as soon as I can.  If the internet doesn't get any faster, we will just have a party and invite you all to spend hours looking at the pictures .  There will be cash bar.(How do you think we pay for these cruises.)
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Mark Fiddler on

Betsy and I rate Rome as our favorite city. Check out a cafe called "34" on. Marie de Fiore, a few blocks from Spanish Steps. It's one of our faves. Have fun!

Mary Davidson on

Wow! You really crammed a lot into one day! I love Rome, too.

Tama on

I also loved Rome. You sure saw a lot. The Pope gives weekly audiences in St. Peter's Square on Wednesdays. I saw him twice when I was in Rome in June. Pretty amazing place. Have to say I prefer it to Rome, possibly because I can afford it and all the old ruins were not destroyed.

sara on

"I believe even more strongly than ever that the secret to world peace is travel, meeting real people, in their own places one to one. We continue on this mission. " - Andrea- that is beautiful! and I agree. I love reading about your dreamy adventures. Some day in my distant future, I look forward to such amazing experiences like these! Have so much fun!

John Reardon on

You gotta be shitting me you never heard of St. Peter in chains. You obviously made it to St.Pietro by the Colliseum. If you were there you did not note the MOSES. You were not impressed---just a Michelangelo!! Sound like you are travelling hard. Hope you are connecting with the LOCALS. Love the Italians---they share major extroversion with the Irish. Hope to see more pictures. Tell Ken this Pope is on the street. He refuses to live in the Vatican--he has this allegiance with the poor. Thinks he is suppose to live like Jesus Christ did! TRAVEL ON ON MINNESOTA FOUR!! Fondly, John R.

Marty on

Come on. Do you really think there is any architectural difference between the Colliseum and the Hennepin County Family Justice Center? Was Lach naked again in the Trevi fountain and did you all sing "Three Coins in the Fountain" on your visit?

mjkobel on

Tell Ken if he would have said 28 Hail Mary's, the Pope would have appeared. When we were in Italy I dragged Rod through all the chapels, etc. He just had a pocket full of coins and I did the prayin'


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