Rome

Trip Start Jan 03, 2008
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Trip End Dec 17, 2008


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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Sunday, July 13, 2008

The horror stories of Rome's poverty, dirtiness and petty crime did not pan out to be true for us at least. We found Rome to be a truly beautiful city, clean and full of history. We arrived at our fantastic campsite, Camping Tiber early afternoon and did all our laundry, swam in the pool and basically plotted our attack on the famous city for the next day.
So up early and into Rome we go, by the time we reached the Vatican the lines were already 2 hours long but a delightful young English girl told us of a tour in English that skipped the queues and also gave us a guide fully versed in the Vatican City. We decided that was for us so spent the next half hour in a café with other English speaking people drinking coffee. Then our tour guide (a young boy from Amsterdam of particularly feminine persuasion) took us off to the Museum. He was very funny but Mum didn't think him very religious though. It was great and definitely well worth the money to not queue and to know what you are looking at.
We then did the Basilica, very sensational with the marble and jewels and the amount of gold in the roof! Then after the prerequisite relics (rosary beads - Cam & Jordan, medals - Mum & Cam, crosses - Mum, Cam & Jordan) we headed for the town and some well deserved lunch and a beer. Next stop was the pantheon and then a bit of shopping except Mum got a bit hot and flustered and started walking in circles talking gibberish so we headed for the train and back to the pool at the campsite.
Next morning we were at the bar with fellow kiwi's watching the great game of rugby that we unfortunately did not win, but Carisbrook looked great and I recognized a few people in the crowd (did anyone else see the girl we call South Africa in the Nurses uniform at the start holding up a go BOC's sign) well it made me pretty homesick. That and the fact it was our last day with Mum and we would be putting her on the plane home the next morning.
So we then jumped back on the train and headed off to the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately Spud had been struck with a pretty bad tummy bug and the girls were a bit quiet and teary due to grandma's imminenent departure so it was a very subdued day for the Murphy's on tour. Back at the campsite we packed her up and had a relatively early night.
The next day we took our time getting organized and headed for the airport, a forty five minute drive. I'm glad we left early as parking for a camper at the airport is quiet impossible and took another hour just to park it and get back to the terminal.
We had lunch with her and one last bottle of Chianti, checked her in and sent her through the doors...well I am still crying as I write this 5 hours later and nearly back over the complete other side of Italy where we will begin another new adventure as we head for Croatia. Thank you Mum for the wonderful time and bringing all that love and laughter to our holiday, it's not the same without you! I'VE GOT SOME!
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