Part 1 of a 3 on my Fall Break, Italy
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We are now in
We waited 10 minutes for the bus, but we did not think it was going to come because the man in the blue uniform who was in charge was gone. So we got a refund on out tickets and took a taxi to
The flight was very nice. I had heard that the Ryan Air planes were very cramped because it is such a cheap flight. It was not at all cramped for me. I had plenty of room to cross my legs. The seats might have been a bit narrower, but my butt still fit fine, so I had no complaints. Actually, the only complaint I had was that there were no complementary drinks. You had to pay for everything. I was very thirsty the whole time. However, they did get us into
We got to our hostel and found that it was quite disgusting. The whole room smelled like urine. I won’t go into more detail, but just remember what I told you about the horrible hostel in
We went out to dinner, which was really good because I was starving. We found the first decent looking place and ate. I had regular spaghetti. It was very good, it made my day. After dinner we walked around the big Cathedral. It is so amazing to think that I have actually been here before.
3 other people in our group besides me decided they did not like the hostel either so we decided to walk around and just check out some prices on hotels. The hostel we found out was only 1 star. I would have given it less than that. I decided that if we found a place that was a reasonable price I would stay with them. We walked around for about an hour, just 4 of us, the other 2 stayed at the hostel, trying to find something decent.
The other 3 I was with are all Korean. I was the minority of our group. This was funny because we went into one hotel, and I think the receptionist was new and did not speak very good English, and we could not speak any Italian.
Anyway, this place did not have a room for us. So we moved on. We did find this really great one. The price divided by the 4 of us was the same as we were paying for the hostel, so we got our money back from the hostel and took the hotel. It is so nice. You will get pictures of it. It has a King size bed that I shared with Amy, and two pull out twin beds that Shalyn and Paul took. Those beds fold up into really comfortable sitting chairs. I can’t really describe the room adequately, so you will have to rely on the pictures I will eventually send. Breakfast was included here too. It was very nice, but I would kill for a waffle, French toast, or pancakes. We slept very well that night.
Saturday was a very long day, but we had a lot of fun. I think we hit 5 museums. Our first stop was the Academia where the David is. The David is amazing. It literally took my breath away. It is huge. I can’t believe the skill that it must have taken to create this. You could see all his muscles and even the veins in his hands. I just can’t imagine the time and skill and energy that this took. It was absolutely amazing. We spent about an hour there looking at the David and the other works of art.
Then we went to the San Marco. It is an old monastery filled with Frescos done by the monks. Amy’s favorite Fresco is there. It is of the Angel Gabriel giving Mary the news that she is going to be the mother of Christ. Amy is an Art History major and so at all the museums I tried to stick close to her because she would spurt off interesting facts about many of the paintings.
After San Marco we went and got Gelato. It is as good as I remember it. It is the best ice cream in the world. The
After ice cream we went to the St. Lorenzo Basilica. We toured around in there, but it is not that much different than all the other churches in
Next we went to the Uffizi. It is the most popular and famous museum in
Before coming to
After we finished with all the museums we went back to the hotel to rest our feet for a little while. It was about 5pm. At 7:30 we all went out to dinner. We found a nice restaurant. The food was good, but the waiter was a snob. After dinner, about 10pm we just went back to the hotel and checked the internet. It was then that we found out that the Ryan Air Spanish baggage handlers were going to be on strike. We would not be able to check out luggage. We can not exactly go without our luggage. So we found out that for this particular circumstance we were able to get a full refund. We booked another flight that turned out to be a bit more expensive but not by that much. On our original flight we would have had to pay for the train ride from
Now it is Sunday evening. Today we had a really great day. Paul, Amy, Shalyn and I decided that because we are only a little bit into the trip and the other 2 people are already on our nerves, we would take a day trip out of
We met just after noon at
We did wander around the Basilica for a while and I took many pictures for you all too eventually see. Next we went to the Colosseum. It is as amazing as I remember it being. It was bright and beautiful outside, and it make the Colosseum that much more impressive. I forgot to mention that the reason that we did not go see the Sistine Chapel was because it is closed on Sundays. I was upset because I loved it last time and would love to see it again. Anyway, we did not go inside the Colosseum. This was fine with me because I have done it before, as has Paul and Amy. Shalyn did not really want to, and Kelly and Sean are going to be here all day tomorrow so they will go back then.
After that we went and got lunch. I really love pasta. I tried a new one this time. It was Fettuccini noodles with a different kind of sauce and ricotta cheese, and bacon. It was really good. After lunch we went to the Trevi Fountain. It is said that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder with your right hand into the fountain and make a wish you will come back someday. It worked for me. I did it 5 years ago and now I have returned, though I must admit my wish has not come true, I can’t tell you what it is though because I wished for it again. We shall see if it works this time. We sat around at the fountain for a little while and then got some Gelato. Man I love that stuff. I am hoping that I will have a chance to get one more before I leave. Next we moved on to the Pathenon. This is where Raphael is buried. It was not the most exciting of monuments, but it is well worth a look. . We only spent a few minutes there then we moved onto the Spanish steps.
The steps were really crowded so we did not walk up them. I don’t know that could have done it anyway. I probably would have died half way up. I take comfort in the fact that I have climbed them before, just not this time. Our last stop for the day was a small church, the St. Maria Dela
Today had just been wonderful. I am so glad we came here. I have a feeling that we would have gotten bored in