Rome for writing and archaeology!
Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
10Trip End Jul 24, 2008
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After a wonderful visit and "vacation time" with Deidre and my Mom, it's time to get down to some serious writing. The hostel where we're staying is across the street from the beach, so we're gathering inspiration from daily walks along the crashing Mediterranean Sea. Also, while we're here in Rome, we're getting to explore something we've both been interested in for a long time - archaeology. What better place than Rome? And while we were we here, we "discovered" Ostia Antica (www.ostia-antica.org), one of the foremost archeaology sites in the world! Following the footsteps of the Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks who have lived and traded here since before 200 BC. The sculptures are so detailed and within the city walls of Ostia Antica are so many places to explore; little nooks and crannies, steps to climb down into dark corridors, passageways under theaters, mosaics under our feet so beautiful it's hard to step on them, and learning so much about the way of life of the people who lived in the most powerful city in the world at that time
We'll be here until Saturday, then taking a train to Milan and from there flying to Athens (first time there!), but only for a day, then on Tuesday we're hopping on EASYCRUISE (www.easycruise.com) for a CHEAP 9 day cruise through some of the more unknown Greek Islands - more chances to bone up on our Greek history and archaeology, though.
I would highly recommend the Ostia Antica sight for anyone coming to Rome. It was truly amazing and one of the largest and intact sights I have seen to date. The area where it is located in called Ostia which is right near the beach as well. I would suggest that it would take at least 2 days to see the entire area of the ruins though. They are huge! As you walk around the site, you can almost transport yourself back in time to see and hear the daily activities that use to occur here.
It was nice to be back in Rome and to take some time to start doing the serious writing. For 10 months now we have been writing journals, taking copious notes, and pictures galore! Now it is time to put it all together into the "What Boundaries" books we have been planning!
Take care everyone. Amani na Pendo (Peace and love)
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