Trip Start Sep 06, 2008
Trip End Oct 29, 2008

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Last night, I went out to see the fountains and the main sights luminated at night and it was beautiful.  Sometimes I enjoy seeing major buildings and statues and night because it seems more magestic and mystical.  There was 6 of us from the hostel going around.  I met Lucy, a lovely girl from Australia that is spending the same amount of time in Rome as I, and we arrived at the same time so we will be travelling together for the next few days. 

This morning, we went to the collesium, which was built around 70 AD for entertainment for the Romans.  Gladiators fought each other and exoctic animals.  The ground of the collesium is not there, and all you can see are the chambers that were under the ground to store the animals.  We got a good deal on a tour of the collesium and the ruins of the emperors palace (2 for 1).  The seating of the collesum events was unique as women had to stand on the top level, except only the virgins were allowed to sit with the men (and they spend 40 years of their lives keeping the fire for their husbands and the emperor and cleaning and basic slavery and were free after they were 40 hence the phrase, life starts after 40).  Only the men were allowed to use the toilets and the bidet, so women were given doggie bags on the top, and threw their feces in bags down below onto the men (the men did not think this one through...good thing girls do not stink).  Next, we looked around at the ruins of the Roman empire and I still cannot imagine how huge the palace actually was.  They had major aquaducts that ran under the palace to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and even used special angles so the reflection of the sun would light up the palace to perfection.  We learned about Julius Ceasar and Augustus and others, and the rise and fall of Rome.  It was really special to be on the exact same pieces that the Romans built thousands of years ago.  I still am beyond belief how advanced Roman archetucture and design really was. 

We had dinner at the hostel with everyone, and then a few of us went for amazing gilato.  It was deliscious.  Mmmnnnn.  Tomorrow, we are off to Vatecin city so I will have more to write soon.  The weather was 27 degrees, a little hotter than Spruce Grove :) 

Love you, Miss you!

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paulalan on

Gelato is YUMMY
Hi Princess!

Your history notes are very interesting and Rome looks beautiful. Gelato is so full of flavor and a bit more healthy than ice cream! I am glad you are treating yourself, it is well deserved!


humboldt on

Hey Mallory
What wonderful sightseeing days you are spending. It must be hard to believe the world is so big! I l;ove the pictures as well. Weather wise things we are very happy to have this plus 25 weather. All is well here. Take care and keep enjoying your holiday!
Luv Grams and Gramps

jhelmle on

Hey Girl!
Hey Mal!

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time in Europe!... Your blog is fantastic and all your stories and events are great!... Thanks for keeping us all posted!!... The weather in Spruce has been FabulousA for the last week its been about 25 !!! And its October!.. So thats been pretty crazy!!... Well darlin all the best in your travels and we will chit chat soon!
Miss Ya! Love Ya! Jodi

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