Trip Start Apr 14, 2009
22Trip End Aug 06, 2009
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Oh well! We got over that when we arrived in Venice and sussed out the water town for an hour or so, and at around 8:30 took the shuttle bus to our new camping stlye hostel home for the next two nights.
Saturday was then front to back loaded with Venice, as we didn't see much our first day
It is a beautiful city, we perhaps didn't quite think it was great as some would tell us, be we had a great day. Chris got to try out the language skills he learnt in primary school, we had lasagne, gelati AND pizza, and we think we covered most of the island in the full day we had. Our last hour or so was spent watching the sunset beside a canal with a nice bottle of red. We had to spoil ourselves a little of course.
Fun times in the middle of that night. Woke up at 2am and found the dreaded BED BUGS!! They don't like Chris, which served him very well. But they just loved Alicia, and her legs will wear the memories for quite a while we think. Many little red, itchy bumps. She's coping OK :-)
Sunday we began our journey with Busabout, and boarded our all day coach ride to Rome
First full day we had a tour of the Vatican. It is ridiculous how rich that place is. The art in their museums and courtyards is mindblowing. It's an experience to check out, and great to learn the history. We both got sore necks looking up to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel...couldn't imagine how Michelangelo's felt as he was painting it! Climbing the dome was a tight struggle with a few hundred steps but worth it for the views. The coolest thing though was crossing our first national border by foot, and taking photos with one foot in each the Vatican and Italy.
Across the other days we've had plenty of walking around, and much more public transport. We checked out "Ancient" Rome with the Forum, Paletine Hill and of course the Collosseum. Alicia threw coins into the Trevi Fountain, which looks amazing in the evening. We climbed a few Spanish steps, entered the Pantheon, and ate more delicious food. Oh we learnt the valuable lesson of how to tell if gelati is good
We hop back on the bus to head to Tuscany tomorrow...a few days in the Chianti wine region then a couple in Florence. Hope all is well with you.
P.S. Chris is impressed he got through this without making an Ancient Rome gluteus maximus joke.