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One Last Day in Italy

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One thing you will find everywhere in Italy is the coffee. Apparently it will cost more to sit down to drink, some sort of tax or something, so must prefer to stand. Espresso is the drink of choice with Cappacinnio and latte in 2nd place. Little stands are everywhere and fortunately, not the big chain stores. I found a coffee drinking friend in Terri, a woman on this trip. We attempted to try the coffee from as many stands as possible.

We had some free time at night and were at the Plazza Navona. There is a fountain, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi http://www.rome.info/bernini/fountain-four-rivers with 4 figures which represent the 4 rivers of the world: Ganges, Nile, Danube and Rio de la Plata.

Terri and I sat down at a little outdoor restaurant, right on the square, and had a cappuccino. Perfect way to people watch the passer byers and the street merchants running up to the square with their products, then folding up shop and moving along quickly when the police arrive.
Kids had fun this night when they ran around exploring the areas.

We had to get up early to go to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon.

We went 1st on a walking tour, much of where we’d walked the night before. Then ended up at the Pantheon. I didn’t realize before but Raphael was buried at the Pantheon so I ran in for a view and photo of his grave.

We picked up lunch to go but, not before picking up a specialty coffee at the Tazza D’Oro Coffee Shop. http://www.tazzadorocoffeeshop.com/en/home.html. The coffee is an iced drink, “Granita Caffe de pana”. This coffee consists of whipped cream then iced espresso then another layer of whipped cream. Terri and I looked at the glass of coffee and thought “this isn’t coffee, this is ice cream. Then one taste and we were in coffee heaven. You can only get the real Granita Caffe at the area of the Pantheon. The rest are fakes.

After a bus ride to the Vatican City Sunny decided to walk, even if it was slow. She didn’t want to miss the tour, which she would do using the wheelchair. We met our guide who told us “this is not my first rodeo”, she would have the group go at our pace. The guide took the time to explain things when there was a place for Sunny to sit, or have Sunny take a short cut where there were things that were not quite so important to see. We were able to make it thru the entire city with Sunny getting a seat along the wall of the Sistine chapel with a great view of the ceiling.
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The ceiling of walls of the Sistine chapel are so amazing. There are so many imagaes pn the ceiling that no matter how much one looks there is something which is new. To think that Michelangelo was not a painter is unbelievable.

When we came out of St Peter’s Basilica Sunny was in pain. She could hardly walk but wanted to still take photos. We shot so many photos.
As she went slower and slower the rest of the group went ahead on down the hill. They could see us and see that she needed help. They told us later that they had a talk on how to get her down easily. They sent a student, Juan, and another girl to help. Juan was to carry her and carry her he did, on his back all the way down to the group. Then others put arms around her to help take the weight off while she walked. It was truly a group effort.
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We made our way to the bus with a stop at a souvenir shop where I found many Ferrari items and a book of the Sistine Chapel for Sunny.
Next stop was dinner, a pizza dinner, with chicken and sautéed veges for me. This was our last dinner together, the last wine for the Red Wine Sippers in Italy.

Alas Italy was over, and without my bag.

Posted by Miss Chris 01:03 Archived in Italy Tagged travel italy rome tour vatican chapel grandkids Comments (1)

Rome- We Made It

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What a very long day of walking and looking.

We started at the Colosseum with a guided tour. We went in thru gate #57, a gate where the regular people would have entered. The games were free but people had to have a ticket to enter; a ticket showing which gate (status based) they would enter.

We were always walking: down the long entry corridor, up 4 flights of steep stairs, around the upper level, down the stairs to the lower level. The sun was hot and bright so we were sweating, but probably not as bad as the gladiators in their time.IMG_20140622_112806_957.jpg

From the ground floor we were able to see the bottom corridors open to the air now. It is easy to imagine the wild animals, which had been confined there for several days, and the people who would fight them, and the gladiators who would fight for their lives. We wondered what it would have been like to see that kind of fighting.
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From the Colosseum we walked up the broad street, where the chariots would enter, up to the forum. There are ruins on all sides. We didn’t have time to do anything but look. I took a ton of photos and hopefully will know what they are about when I get home. I’ll download a map of the area and then sort thru what I saw.

I must add; a member of our group is named David. He has been so wonderful this trip, but I’m guessing that he didn’t know his trip would be so entwined with ours. David missed the part of our trip after the Colosseum as he wheeled Sunny thru using the lifts. Our tour leader gave them a private tour but they still missed a large amount that we saw. The wheelchairs cannot make it thru on the cobblestones. It is nearly like rock hopping in a river. I really felt badly but he insisted on taking Sunny and wouldn’t hear of anyone else touching the wheelchair. David is always making corny jokes but is fun and so protective. We are so lucky to have him in our group. And I must give everyone credit for pitching in and helping. David helps thru the worst but nearly everyone helps wheel.

So from the forum we went out to the road where the ruins extend across the large boulevard. More forums for one thing or another. More churches, the Christians turned so many sites into churches, like really you need another church?

Several of us had opted not to go to the catacombs. The tour guide gave us a map with the way marked leading to the restaurant where we would have dinner. A friend (new from this trip) joined Sunny and I for a walking adventure, and adventure it was.

Our tour guide had recommended that we eat in the Jewish Ghetto, Ghetto doesn’t have the same meaning here as it does at home. But it is the area where the Jewish people lived. The restaurants have a fusion of Jewish and Roman foods with the spatiality of fried artichokes.

Terri and I took turns pushing Sunny, walking and referring to the map. Unfortunately we did not see the street we needed to take; the map was hard to read the street names. We walked and walked not recognizing the street names at all. Finally we walked up a hill, me pushing the wheelchair and Terri going to ask some police where we were. Of course we were way past where we were supposed to be. So we walked back, found a street which still wasn’t the right one; Octivito instead of Otilito. Another cop pointed out the street, right in front of us which led straight to the Jewish Ghetto. After meals of fried artichokes and rare meat with dried beef and truffle sauce we were stuffed. We needed to do lots of walking before dinner in 3 hours.

After walking and walking we came up on large structure. When we got to the front we found that it was the Pantheon. Entry is free so we entered and enjoyed the cool air.

Posted by Miss Chris 20:54 Archived in Italy Tagged walking travel rome colosseum outdoors fourm Comments (0)

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