Wine, Religion & Carnival Rides :)

Trip Start Jul 25, 2010
Trip End Nov 21, 2010

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Casa Marconi

Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Monday, October 4, 2010

We spent the weekend (and our 5th wedding anniversary) at the wine festival here in Capena right on the street where we are staying. They had a parade with marching bands and wine floats, handing out grapes and glasses of wine to the crowd. There was a flea market, concerts, food stalls and a few carnival rides. Saturday night we took Carter on the rides. I have to say the carnival rides here are much different than in the states. First the swings - they have a version for young kids and another for older kids - the point of the swings here is not to simply ride them - it is to get "launched" by the person behind you as high as you possibly can in order to grab a straw horse's tail that is hanging from a balloon impossibly high up in the air. It was pretty crazy watching these kids launch each other. I thought for sure we were going to see some kind of accident - but thankfully we didn't. The other two rides they had were the bumper cars and airplanes. Both rides looked just like they would in the states, however they are operated by tokens. There are no lines for these rides - you just rush in and if you get a seat you can stay in for as long as you have tokens. I don't think safety regulations are quite what they are in the states - when I first bought tokens for the airplanes - I noticed the ride operator was drinking a beer, then when we got in the airplanes, that go about 30 feet in the air, I realized there were no seat belts of any kind. I had to laugh at my shock and chalk it up to my overly cautious American ways (but hey it would have been nice to not have to desperately cling to Carter as were flying through the sky since he has no concept of "I'm not wearing a seat belt - maybe I should stay seated").

On our last day in Italy we went to the Vatican Museum and saw the Sistine Chapel. It is pretty amazing to see it in person after seeing so many pictures of it through the years. Carter heard the guards yelling "Silence" and saying "Shhhh" in the chapel- so every time Ryan would point something out to me - Carter would say "SHHHH" - it was pretty hilarious. We took a back road into Rome this day and were pretty amazed by the amount of prostitutes lining the street. We saw at least 20 along a 5-10 mile stretch of road (and they weren't just standing by idle either). I'm not sure if prostitution is legal here - but it is definitely tolerated! This is just another part of Italy that we weren't expecting - and it definitely lends some color to the area :)

We really enjoyed our stay here - and wish we had longer. There is so much to see here - we didn't even begin to see everything in Rome - let alone all of the other wonderful cities and sites Italy has to offer. We cannot wait to come back in the future and explore more! Now off to the French Riviera for a few nights before meeting my grandfather in Barcelona!!!!! I am so excited to see him - we are going to have so much fun!
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Jill Smails on

Congratulation's on number 5 !!!!!! One you'll never forget :)

Continue a safe ya

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