When In Rome

Trip Start Dec 19, 2007
Trip End Apr 16, 2008

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Friday, January 4, 2008

It took all of 5 minutes outside of the train station before Thomas pulled out the expression. It seems to work well though. 2 bottles of wine or 3?... When in Rome! The flight was exactly expected for what we paid. 38 euro, no leg room, uncomfortable, first come first serve seating... but it was only for 2 hours so definitely manageable. After arriving at the central train station it was like walking into a different world. English is no longer the main language, drivers are maniacs, everybody smokes, and holy crap is it filthy, well at least the area around the hostel is. The hostel itself is pretty decent, actually  has warm showers, has kitchen, cornflakes and rolls for breakfast. The first night we decided to take it easy and went for a short walk around. 20 minutes later we found ourselves at the Colosseum, which is an amazing sight at night. We took some great shots of it, did a loop  around and headed back to the hostel. The next morning we got up and headed back to the Colosseum to get a view of the insides. We found out from our lonely planet guide that you can purchase tickets at the palatine, for both sites. For the same price, you get to slip the monstrous line up at the colosseum. apparently everyone else in line did not know this. The palatine is an area where emperors built there homes and lived the god life. It's pretty cool but nothing compared to the colosseum. Before the colosseum we walked around the Roman forum with an audio guide we purchased for 5€. A great investment as there is a lot to see there also. There is so much history that it becomes overwhelming after awhile. Finally we made our way over to the colosseum. It is just insanely huge and amazing to see in person. The three sites took up the majority of the day. Although we were all completely worn out. I still managed to drag Thomas and Wendy to go see the Trevi Fountain and another one of Bernini's masterpieces after supper. One of the coolest things is that the water flowing from most of the statues around town contain water clean enough to drink. We have filled a few water bottles and have not suffered from any Mexico like side effects. The Trevi fountain, like most things in Rome was over the top. It was just enormous, but beautiful. All in all it was an amazing day visiting these incredible sites.
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