When in Rome.

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 08, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Thursday, June 2, 2011

After enjoying a slower pace in Sienna it was now time for the sights of the ancient city of Rome.  It got off to a bit of a bad start.  We rode a bus from the train station to our apartment that seemed to have about 500 people on it.  Sardines in a can.  Then we couldn't figure out how to flush the toilet in the apartment and worst of all, NO COFFEE MAKER!  Things turned around though as I figured out the toilet and we found a pretty cool little stove top espresso maker in the apartment.
The sights of Rome are without a doubt, surreal and awe-inspiring.  I've seen the Coliseum in pictures a thousand times but being right there is pretty amazing.  How the hell did they build this thing?  That's not even the start of it.  There are ruins everywhere.  The Forum, Palatine hill, the Senate, the Pantheon.  Ancient Rome was huge, 1 million people lived there.  
The day after walking around the major sites of ancient Rome we got up early and went to Vatican City.  Let me tell you, that's a nice little property the Pope has there.  St. Peter's square is beautiful and there are plenty of gardens surrounding the vatican.  The Vatican museum is a must see.  Lots of ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian artifacts.  Also works by almost all of four of the ninja turtles, we saw Leonardo in Paris anyway.  The highlight of the museum was of course the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's masterpiece covering the walls and ceiling of the chapel.  I snuck in a few pictures before getting in trouble.   We also saw St. Peter's Basilica, the most impressive and massive church I've seen in Europe.  I didn't know this but theoretically the church is built over the actual burial site of St. Peter, the first pope.  We got a little peek of it when in the crypt under the church.  To be in a place where the Catholic religion, or any religion for that matter, started is a pretty amazing experience.
After a couple of days of seeing the sights we were kind of burnt out and tried renting some bikes for a more relaxing day.  It turns out biking in Rome is nothing like biking in the rest of Italy.  Tons of traffic and no bike lanes, we were lucky to get out alive.  We did have some nice nights and great meals while in Rome though.  Word of caution, almost every menu has the same items on it but could range in taste from cardboard to the best meal you've ever had.  It makes choosing a restaurant almost impossible without a recommendation
Haley has now gone back to Vancouver for a day and then will be going to Medicine Hat for some family time.  As for myself, I got sick of pasta and have split for Greece.  After a quick flight and a 2 hr bus trip I am now sitting in a hotel in Nafplio, Greece on the Peloponnesian Coast.  I'll be spending 2 nights here, then 2 nights on the island of Hydra and 1 night in Athens before returning home.

Thats all for now.  Take care.

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R & B on

Rome looks awesome Unbelievable artwork enjoy Greece Be safe

Rochelle on

Great pics!

Aunt D on

Thanks for the amazing tour Ryan. Rome is a wonder. Take care.

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