Monday and Tuesday

Trip Start Mar 30, 2006
Trip End Apr 13, 2006

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Monday, April 3, 2006

Mary Ellen and Dianne got into a cab at 7:15 Monday morning, on their way to the train station and two days in Sorrento and Capri, leaving Paula and me to explore Rome on our own.

We walked around Piazza Navona, and had lunch at a sunny table on edge of the square. Grilled vegetables, tortellini in broth, spaghetti Bolognese, and gorgonzola gnocchi.

We took a long walk to the remains of the ancient Roman Forum, Colosseum, Trajan's market and column. On the way back, stopped into a church with three large Caravaggios. Dinner was cheese, crackers, and wine at the apartment.

Tuesday morning we walked across the Tiber to the Vatican, and just before passing through the metal detectors on our way into the basilica, heard someone announcing a free English tour leaving soon. We joined the group, and got an excellent introduction to the history and art of St. Peter's. Who knew that none of the paintings in St. Peter's are paintings? All of the originals have been moved to the museum, replaced with mosiacs made from squares of colored glass about a quarter-inch square.

The free tour is a promotion for the tour company, and we plan on taking one of their 25 euro tours of the Vatican museum and Sistine chapel on Thursday.

After a good lunch at a restaurant near the Vatican, we walked along the right bank of the Tiber to Trastevere, and then up the Gianicolo hill to a park with a great view of the city below us.
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esheeh1 on

Veni, Vidi...
A BIG hello from Alan and Beth! You look like you are having such fun which is just wonderful. LOVE that picture of the lunch with the waiter Bruce. Keep those great photos coming. It's fun to log on and see what you've been up to every day. Can't wait to hear more about Mary Ellen and Diane's trip. We hope everyone has thrown their diet and budgets out the window by now. Stay safe. Much Love!

susanjw on

Greetings from home!
I love the blog . . . I've found myself logging into my e-mail a little more often, hoping that there will be a message announcing a new post! Sounds like Rome is the perfect place to carbo-load for a race; gnocchi is Jay's favorite pre-marathon dinner!
Love, Susan

jborenstein on

It sounds like you guys are having a wonderful time. Kate and I are enjoying reading about your adventures on a daily basis. I'm glad that you enjoyed the gelato at Giolitti's so much - there's nothing else like it. Don't forget - order fried zucchini blossoms (fiore di zucca) if you get a chance. They are delicious. All the best, Josh

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