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When in Rome!

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Do I really need a caption? :)
Oh how long I've waited to say that while actually being in Rome! While on the bus here this morning all I could picture was Ron Burgandy in Anchorman! haha

So having spent a day in Roma, I can say it reminds me a lot like NYC but with some stark contrasts. Similarities include, lots of people, lots of tourists, lots of traffic, people rushing around everywhere, almost getting hit by car because no one pays attention to traffic lights, scary guys with brand name purses for sale for $5 (euros), restaurants of every kind of ethnicity and well, everything just seems larger than life with lots and lots to see. The differences include the lack of Times Square, which is replaced by a 2000 year old colussuem surrounded by equally old ruins and I hear alot more Italian than I did in Manhattan! Oh and how could I forget the gelato!

I was going to take it easy today and just wander but then I figured I might as well get the sightseeing underway.
Basilica Aemilia
I bought a Roma Pass which gives me free entry to two sights and unlimited public transportation for three days for the low, limited time offer of just $19.95! Well 20 euro.

My first stop was the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. They are a collection of ruins, with the forum including the remains of the forum where Caesar was murdered as well as various other political buildings. From what I read, we get the word 'palace' from palatine, so this area consisted of the palaces of various emporeurs and senators, the big wigs. Also nearby is Circus Maximus which is where they used to have chariot races.

Overall it was really cool to see. Although there's not alot to see, with a vivid imagination you can picture what it would have looked like 2,000 years ago.
Arch of Titus
What also helps is a booklet I saw in a giftshop that shows you a picture of what you actually see, and then an overlay that shows you what it would have looked like. It was also about 30 degrees so shade was very appreciated throughout my walk, but my tan is really starting to show! I saw a woman asking someone to take her picture. I walked over to her to see if she was there alone. She was, so we walked around together so we could each have pictures of ourselves in some of our pictures! She was the first Polish person I've met but she living now in California and invited me to Orange County whenever I want to go! :)

Afterwards, I sauntered over to the ginormous colessuem. Not really bigger than a current day stadium, by ginormous for the time! My Roma Card let me skip the line, which was nice since he was loooong.
I wandered around, took lots of pictures and had many flashback of the movie Gladiator .... mmmmm Russel Crowe a la topless and uber buff. The pictures don't really show you how big the place really feels, especially when standing at "stage" level where the gladiators would have been flighting in front of a screaming mob of 50,000 people all cheering for you to die!

After this I was super hungry so I made my way in the direction of more sights and stopped into a Irish Bar and had the best Carbonara pasta EVER! It was soooooo good. A table or so over was an American couple. I saw the Rick Steves book and ended up chatting with them for a half hour or so haha They were from Texas, which is winning in terms of the state of the most people I've met so far.
I bet he'd be super sexy with a head and a pair of legs


After that and a mandatory gelato to wash down supper, I made my way to the Spanish Steps. Which, were simply a big staircase. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was expecting more than that!

Then I romed (hehe) to the Trevi Fountain which was surrounded by tourists but rightfully so. It was so beautiful, this huge fountain in the middle of the city.

After a day like today, I wish I had a pedometer to see how far I actually walked and I have another busy day of walking tomorrow! Come on feet, hold out for two more days until we get to Greece!


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Do I really need a caption? :)
Do I really need a caption? :)
Basilica Aemilia
Basilica Aemilia
Arch of Titus
Arch of Titus
I bet hed be super sexy with a he…
I bet he'd be super sexy with a h…
More ruinsAr
More ruinsAr
Arch of Septmius Severus
Arch of Septmius Severus
The forum area
The 'forum' area
approaching the colusseum from the…
approaching the colusseum from th…
The husband of the woman taking my…
The husband of the woman taking m…
view from stage level
view from 'stage' level
under the stage where they kept th…
under the stage where they kept t…
Arch of Constantine
Arch of Constantine
The Spanish Steps area
The Spanish Steps area
My self picture on the Spanish Ste…
My self picture on the Spanish St…
The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain
I saw this and HAD to take a pictu…
I saw this and HAD to take a pict…
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