Starting off in Rome - Yay!
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Upon arrival the first thing we did was take a subway train to the Coliseum. As soon as you pop out of the subway station about you is the ruins of the Coliseum. Its such an odd experience to see a ruin that is sitting in a modern day city. It has held up very well through the ages. We grabbed a guide and went inside. We were told stories of how women were equals at the time so they could not ban them from attending but it was frowned upon.
Our journey took us next to the Palatine Hill. This is where Nero had his palace that overlooked the city. It is also where the vestal virgins served.Looking down from the palace you can see the entire Roman Foro (Forum where judicial activities took place)
It is incredible to walk around in these towns.
From here we walked around a bit and then were ravenous. We found a crappy cafe to eat (We always eat very badly the first day in a new place). We attempted to go to the Mouth of Truth. After standing in the plaza for about 20 minutes we finally found it. Only to see that it was already closed. For those of you who've seen Roman Holiday, its the mouth that they placed their hands in. If you tell a lie then it is rumored to cut off your hand. My digital pictures of it didn't come out tho.
We taxied it to the Piazza Navonne, which if you've ever been to LA, is like a Third Street Promenade. Its a big square centered with an elaborate fountain (They really love their fountains over there) It was filled with street venders and tiny shops.
We stumbled upon the Pantheon which seriously looks like a picture. Its so unreal to have a hugs circular building smack dab hidden in a square. It was so regal and so tall. I ran out of words to describe it. (damn no digital pictures of that either. I purposely thourght of pictures to take with the digital camera to post here for you. i did bad).
It was night time so the Pantheon was closed so we continued walking. We stumbled upon the Fontana De Trevi (literally Fountain of Tre = three, vi= street.
We wondered back through the alleys and found a liquor store. In every country I've been to except the US, they have these drinks called Bicardi Breezers. They are awesome, like stronger wine coolers. My buddy Su and I each got one in Peach. You ca legally drink in the streets so we walked around chugging our breezers. No brown paper bag required here.
End of Night 1.