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Trip Start Apr 04, 2013
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Trip End Apr 20, 2013


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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today I determined was going to be more of relaxation than site to site to site. I have already seen many of the main attractions to the city and decided to mark the near half point of the trip as a laid back one. I started the day with a latte and pastry like nearly every day before but didn't get out of the room until nearly 11. The one main attraction I wanted to see more of was the colosseum and thought if I arrived near lunch there would be less of a line. With one lap of the colosseo and a 15 minute wait in line, I was inside the colosseum.
 
This is no Hollywood movie set. While it is hard to fathom the barbaric stories, it is quite interesting to look through the tunnels that were once under the main floor from the "cheap seats". The building is so large yet fits in with the surroundings near the Roman Forum. Unlike Florence with its intricate design, Roman architecture seems to be more focused on grand scale.

Today the weather was just perfect and I have never seen the sky so blue. Despite a faint sunburn, I could not picture a better day to roam in Rome.

After roaming around the colosseum and Roman Forum for a few hours I decided to have my daily dose of gelato. Today...pistachio and caramel creme. With such a rich treat, I decided on a light lunch of a hamburger. I know, not Italian, but I needed the break from their rich food. Now with a full belly and several miles trekked, it is time for a much needed nap.
 
Being fully rested, I decided I had enough time in the room so I headed out for a cocktail not too far from where I am staying. I went to sit down and heard my name. The name Amber has been a difficult one for Italians to remember so I figure it is not a popular name here and is probably pointed in my direction After turning around I recognized a couple I shared drinks with in Florence. What are the odds of running into them in Rome? I am sure fairly slim, but it was nice to sit with them again and share cocktails and stories. The bar we were in was known for its cocktails and the "mixologist" created unique drinks to fit our specific tastes.
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