Back to the mainland - This time ITALY!
Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
74Trip End Nov 01, 2005
Finally arrived in Rome, to get here we had to get on a few light plates from santorini to athens, then athens to rome. Had so much turbulence coming into Italy - twas good! haha :o)
Well, not the best start to Italy. The hostel we checked into was so dodgy. Has 6 people in the space of no more than 4 should be in. The walls are cracking and are dirty yellow, the mattress is stuffed and saging on all of the beds. I got the rotten end of the deal and shoved up on top of the only bunk in the room and it has no bar to stop me from rolling off - and with this mattress - NOT GOOD! hahaha! The bathroom was feral with no lid for a number 2 if you wanted one?? The shower looks like its never been cleaned, its brown from dirst and fungie and the best bit is that this is the only bathroom to be shared between like 25+ people
Once out the next morning and headeing straight to the colleseum as we couldnt wait to lay eyes on the beauty - we stopped off at this little place that had all cakes and bakery goods. Had this massive cream bun thing and this pizza bread thing - OHHHH IT WAS YUMMY! filled up nice and fat for the day! haha. The weather was ok - a little over cast but this was ok, as we have a good 5 nights in Rome. Once we got near we saw some other ruins and took photo's - these were the first ones we saw, so we got camera happy! haha little did we know what we were about to discover further this day :o) We rocked up at the 'tomb of the unknown soldier' which was pretty cool and old looking, not to mention how big and preserved it was. After a look we found ourselves overlooking the Roman Forum & Palentine Hill! This absolutely blew my mind seeing this! Looking at all of these ruins trying to imagine it in its original form. Here we are standing overlooking the centre of the world 2000 years ago
A bit of trivia: Back in the day - to keep this horrible acts of death occuring the king used to pay for the event and give everyone free entry.
We then walked for ages passed Circuis Maximus which is pretty much a green park dipping in the middle and you can see some steps going up to a raised centre. They used to have horse and cart races here in the Roman Empire
Ok, weather is just going haywire - its pooring down so much outside - getting anonyed as i wanted to get lost more.. Well wondered from shelter to shelter more and found this little market staring us in the face... Twas quite hungry and needed a few things so we went in. Got more soap and shampoo and .... chocolate! haha Well the rain didn't look like it was quit down so off we walked. Headed towards the city centre however... the heaven's REALLY opened up and i sweat it was monsooning here. We were huddled in the doorstep of some old rundown building in some back street. The rain drops were so thick that it felt like hail when you got hit by them! Half an hour went by and it was just getting heavier. We couldnt just spend the night here, and was heading towards evening, so off we ran from tree to tree - the rain stang as it hit the top of our heads and shoulders