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Andrew’s Day 9

Posted by madtrippin on April 16, 2008

Today we checked out of the hotel in Jerusalem at 2 am and flew over to Rome.  Based on news coming out of Gaza, we left at a good time.  Somehow, 3 of our group of 12 had been scheduled for 6pm flights, rather than 6am.  It got fixed and we were on our way.

When we arrived in Italy, our guide picked us up at the air port at drove us into Rome.  We were supposed to have the afternoon off, but wound up seeing a bunch of the big sites.  We first saw the colleseum.  I took tons of pics, but will only post a few here.

We saw a few of the old ruins that dated all the way back to 100+ AD.  There were several Arches of triumph and temples.  It was all really interesting.  In fact, several of the sites had been repurposed by churches, thus preserving them. 

We also saw several of the locations made famous by Mussolini.  One of those was the location that you see him making several speeches from the 2nd story balcony (center) on archival footage, including a speech announcing Italy’s entrance into WWII.  Every one of them show a massive crowd cheering him on. 

We finished the day with a trip to the famous Trevi Fountain.  That place was crazy and, apparently, one of the best places to get pick-pocketed.  When you’re there, it’s not too hard to imagine how easy it would be for thieves to do their business.  I tossed a pic of our parents at the fountain.  What do you think… Adam?

Looks like we’ll be hitting the Vatican tomorrow.

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day 9 gabe…

Posted by glovin33 on April 16, 2008

Hey everyone….We left Israel at about 2 am.  The travel company messed up the tickets and after some pain in the butt, we were on our way and made it to Rome.  We got to see a bunch of fun stuff, however my camera batteries died, so Andy got all the pics today.  The coliseum  was really amazing to see live.  The shear masiveness of the complex and pure advanced technologies used are really mind boggling.  It’s so much fun to be here and get to use my imagination to rebuild all the is around me.  I also really liked the Tivoli fountain. Rumor has it that if you throw 2 coins into the fountain over your left sholder with you right hand, you’ll get married soon.  Hmmm….superstitious?  We’ll see….I had some really good gelato too.  Tirimsu and Peach.  I know they don’t go together, but I was feeling saucy and they were tasting good. The food in Italy has already been better. Malika would love it.  Italian bread.  That’s all I have to say.  Andy’s actually sleeping and I have to wake him, but this will be a short one, cause we’re tired.  But, it’s great. 

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