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When in Rome...

Out of the fridge and into the fire!

sunny 22 °C

Turkey turned unseasonably cold the moment we left and there was talk of snow in the mountains. However, Rome has certainly been a hotspot. The weather is perfect, but the rioters have been warming things up with flaming police cars and Molotov cocktails. Luckily, we couldn't afford the ritzy hotels in the heart of the chaos so booked a reasonably priced 4 star joint in a quiet neghbourhood where ordinary people are more worried about paying the rent than smashing shop windows and pinching stuff.
We missed the excitement - but you can't have everything.
We did get to do Saint Angelo's Castle, the Vatican and St. Peter's without any trouble...
and we had a great visit to the Sistine Chapel...
This is not the ceiling in the chapel itself as the Italian spoilsports wouldn't let us take pictures. But the rest of the place is just brimming with fabulous murals, statues and tapestries. These Romans certainly know a thing or two about interior decorating.
Rome may not have been built in a day but because we lost a day to the riots we crammed the rest into a morning. And it wasn't difficult. We started at the Palazio Venezia and the Vittorio Emanuele Monument...
...skipped through the Pantheon, (just a load of dead old kings really), and threw a few coins in the Trevi Fountain...
...we climbed the Spanish Steps, (and got free hugs from these senoritas)...
...and ambled through the Roman Forum, (imagining Brutus sticking the knife into Caesar), and then ended up here at the Colosseum...
And so to lunch in one of hundreds of pavement cafes...
Phew - a bit exhausting. But we've both been here several times so we know the ropes. So stay with us for a whirlwind tour of Italy. Next stop, Perugia - capital of Umbria.
PS. We thought the food in Turkey was terrific - but then we came to Italy!
Ciao for now.

Posted by Hawkson 13:08 Archived in Vatican City

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I'm trying to visualize Jim skipping ;)

by The Vickerage

22 degrees, cloudless skies and wonderful food. Deeeep envy! Enjoy.
Demonstrations here, too, (yes, even in Nanaimo!)but all very tame. Nothing on Gabriola. Other than deer and turkeys obstructing traffic flow, not much to protest.

by R and B

Green with Envy!

by JoycieB

I attended the Victoria Rally on Sat with about 25 witch friends (both men and women). It was fabulous, we sang all the way and many joined in on our songs. For the first time ever we took the whole of Douglas street and there were 1000s of people many who had never demonstrated before. The police supported us - no riots no arrests.
love jean you are having fun!!! me too!!

by Jean McLaren

Italy alread? Loved the whole set of entries on Turkey. You've convinced me it's a must go to place. I am looking forward to shots of Italian food in the next stop in Umbria. Tad and Mitsuko have just flown to Nice for a week and then will be driving around that part of France so if you think, Sheila, that you see someone who looks like Tad in the next 3 weeks, it could be!

by Tom

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