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Florence to Rome, Monday May 23 - cellophane
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Florence to Rome, Monday May 23
(I just realized I never quite finished these!)

"Walk Tall"

Monday morning we got up early and bid a fond farewell to Florence. Dragging our suitcases behind us, we made our way to the train station. It was time to go to find out if all roads indeed led to Rome!

As it turned out, that saying is not applicable for train tracks... but I suppose perhaps they are different than actual roads. Nevertheless, we found a train heading that way. Three hours later, we were in the Eternal City.

Naturally our first order of business was to find our hotel. We had made reservations over the internet before leaving the States, so we headed for the Tourist Information center. The friendly woman there gave us a map and directions on how to walk to our hotel. We dragged our suitcases a few blocks, and soon we checked into our final room in Europe.

We quickly dropped off our luggage and hit the streets again. Armed only with our trusty train-station-map and a determination to see everything, we started walking toward the Colosseum.


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min8ive From: min8ive Date: July 11th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your post brings back a lot of memories. I don't remember any admission fee to the Colosseum when I was there though. Also I was there in August, when the rest of the world avoids Rome due to the heat. (It didn't bother me, though!) So I had the monuments mostly to myself.

I recall being surprised that the huge Trevi fountain is hidden in a tiny little alley. :-)

Thanks for the post!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 11th, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember at big line for the Colieseum so I skipped going inside and the other times I was near it, it was closed. I think you stayed near where I stayed just about 4 blocks from the train station (3 blocks to the east and one north - Hotel Diana). Same things happened and I did the same in the Sistine Chapel too. Nice to read that some things don't change.
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: July 12th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. You're *way* better at journalling your travels than I ever was (and I *tried*). The web format with the text interspersed with pictures really works well, and you've got some great photos. I've really enjoyed reading about your trip - and, as someone noted, it really brings back memories.

I loved the Pantheon. Even more than the Colosseum, it really exemplified Roman construction - here's a concrete dome (with a hole at the centre, just to make it a bit more complicated) that was built by hand with wood and iron tools that's been standing for over 2000 years. Completely freakin' amazing.

Seeing your photos online makes me want to start scanning in all my slides so I can put some of them up...
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