Arrival in Italy

Trip Start Apr 14, 2011
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Trip End Apr 23, 2011


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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Friday, April 15, 2011

Well, it was a long day! The flight got off late and was 8 hours! I slept for about 2. Cara said she slept for half of the flight. I don't know how. She a can sleep anywhere. Once we arrived in Italy things moved uneventfully for our group, moving quickly through bag claim and onto the tour bus. We are traveling with another group from NY. Unfortunately someone from their group lost her passport between getting on the plane in NY and off in Italy.
She was on the verge of being shipped back to NY when it was found. The whole process had us sitting and waiting on a tour bus at the airport for 2 hours. Not a fun start, but at least it ended well. From there we headed to the hotel ,dropped our bags and were off to view the city.
 We traveled to the Piazza Navona ,which has the beautiful Four Rivers Fountain and Domitian church.The Piazza is so cool. There are artists there painting and selling their work. Cara bought a painting of a ballerina for herself.  There are roof top gardens and soo many cars and scooters, it is a wonder more people aren't hurt.
I have been so often reminded of grandpa D on this trip hearing all of the Italian accents and find myself missing them both. Cara and I lit a candle for them in the church. Next ,we were off to the Pantheon which is an ancient building with an amazing dome and central oculus(a hole in the roof). It is difficult to imagine how ancient people were able to build such massive structures without modern machinery but they did. Mostly by using slaves,animals and pulleys. We had the most amazing pizza here in Rome. I wish I could take it home !
Dinner was fair but we were all tired and cranky and ready for bed. Hope to wake up refreshed tomorrow.
The hotel is nice enough but our shower is slow and cold and the bidet is interesting!
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Jill on

You r I. Italy the food should be great!!

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