Day 18 - Day 5, TTEE 2008. Venice - Rome

Trip Start Jul 27, 2008
Trip End Sep 11, 2008

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Day 5, TTEE 2008.  Venice (Marghera) - Rome (2)
Goodbye Venice.  Here we are back on the bus.  We have been rotating seats, on the left behind the driver you go 2 seats forward, and on the right you go 2 rows back.  This is so that everyone gets a different seat and there is no fighting and arguing.  Today I am in the front seat, sitting directly behind Luke our wonderful Belgium driver.  So I get a wonderful view as we head down to Roma. 
I also have to introduce myself over the microphone today in front of the whole bus.  I so don't want to do that.
The countryside in the south is so much different to that of the north.  In the north there are vineyards everywhere, so far this morning I don't recall seeing any.  Tunnels though, lots of them.  We seem to be traveling on a highway that is quite high up.  Everywhere I look is little towns or villages in valleys.  If I were going to come back to Italy again, I would love to spend time in these little villages, and not so much time in he cities.
So after our first toilet stop we have now crossed over into Tuscany.  With lots of dare I say it, sweeping mountains.
That was our lunch stop.  Fini Gill, just a normal stop but here they had more than sandwiches, they have a cafeteria.  I had a mozzarella ball with gnocchi bake, and it was so very yummy.  Now we are back on the bus driving for about 2 hours to Roma.  Back to reading, looking out the window and listening to music.
Gerry does such an amazing job of explaining every country on this tour.  He has just given us the brief Roman history.  I love the history that comes with Europe, with each different country.
I really do have to keep pinching myself to remind me of where I am.  I keep seeing road signs to Roma, Tivoli, Napoli and it seems so surreal, like it is someone's else's life I am living right now.  Could I be?  Could I stay in Europe and hide away forever?
My first impression of the Rome hotel is very nice.  Then I got to my room and I am so very happy indeed.  But boy it is so hot here.  All our tour is on the 5th floor which is great, and we all have private balconies.
Silly me, I just went out onto the balcony to take photos and got locked out.  Yes I locked myself out of my room.  Just as well Dave and Neo are next door and actually in their room.  Neo went down to get me some help.  Wow how stupid did I feel!!!
What an afternoon.  We caught the bus at 4.45pm and we were dropped at the Termini where we caught the metro into the Fountain di Trevi, the fountain of Trevi.  Where we threw coins into the fountain.  There were so many people there.  From here Kristie guided us through the back streets, avoiding the crowds, towards to Trinitả del Monti, the Spanish steps, we passed stores such a Gucci, Prada, YSL, Dior and Blvgari.  I even walked to the top of the steps, in the sun.  Have I mentioned how hot it is here?  From the steps we walked towards the gardens that we could se but they were closed, with tomorrow being a public holiday and all.  We continued along on our little walking tour and to our surprise we ended up above the Piazza del Popolo.  We even went past the Villa Media.  We now made our way down into the Piazza del Popolo and hung out there for a bit.  After this we went to this cute little Pizzeria for diner before catching the metro back home to our hotel.  Where I am now lying on my bed watching Brothers and Sisters in Italian and enjoying the air conditioning.
Tomorrow is another big day visiting the Colosseo (Colosseum), St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica S.Pietro), The Piazza Navaro and somewhere else before heading out of Rome to the Tivoli and the gardens where we will I think be making our own pasta - how sweet of a deal is that.
Now I am off to sleep.
You know you love me
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