Day 3 - morning
After a good night's sleep, I was caught up with this time difference and ready to explore once again Ancient Rome!
Michel and I had breakfast in the hotel’s dining area! Not too many people were there when we ate but I still glanced all around the room trying to figure out if any of the people I was seeing were joining the tour! Oh well….it was kind of hard to say; it wasn’t as if they had signs written all over them! Ha, ha! I’ll just have to wait one more day to find out, I cheerfully told myself!
It was 9:30am when we left the hotel having a good idea where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see! First stop of the day was actually only one block from our hotel! So, we didn’t have very far to walk!
Situated in between Palatine and Aventine Hills, the Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and great entertainment area more than 2000 years ago was where we stopped first on the list! Having the size of two football fields, very little remained of the Circus today and was now being used as a public park according to a sign nearby! Regardless, with my huge imagination, I could still picture in my mind how it was centuries ago and the crowd cheering loudly in their seats! Yeahhhhh! Having seen the movie Ben Hur might have helped as well! Ha, ha, ha!
Continuing on, we walked right past the Roman Forum situated in between Palatine and Capitoline Hills before being able to see straight in front of us, the breathtaking Arch of Constantine. With its three archways, the central one being the highest, it was all fenced in but still was a masterpiece to view!
Right next to it, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World…. the whole reason for me touring Italy in the first place…..the Colosseum stood all high and mighty as if unbothered by time! Considered to be one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering, this amazing piece of Imperial Rome was built in the first century AD! Wow! And here I was tiny little me standing right in front of it and viewing it with my very own eyes! How good can this get! I was very thrilled and excited to be part of the scene captured forever in time! On camera in other words! Ha, ha, ha!
Having travelled all the way to Italy just to savor this moment, I took all the necessary time required to admire it and of course, to take tons of pictures of it! Ha, ha, ha! We decided not to go inside the amphitheater since this was included in our tour but what we did instead was walk all around it which was as exciting! Even though it was still early in the morning, tourists were everywhere but I managed to capture some excellent shots! Youppi!!!!
By now, the sky was a magnificent blue in color and the weather had gotten warmer! We were in for another gorgeous and sunny day! No complaints here! We eventually made our way back to the hotel for a short rest and a bite to eat before continuing with our afternoon explorations of Ancient Rome! Monique :-)