The Collesium, in ruins, 2/3 of the floor missing, need to talk to the management about upkeep
Following our day of exploring we settled in for a nice meal. At the time I could have told you exactly where it was but by the 3 bottle of wine I was happy that I knew I was in Rome
. We left the restaurant and Robbie and Jeana decided they had enough and wanted to head back to their room for some time alone. Who can blame them. As they were leaving I asked (in a half drunken English) to a random stranger where we could go for a good time. Luckily she spoke perfect English and as it was, hey boyfriend owned a Pub Crawl and tour guide service. We opted for the pub crawl as we had seen the sites already. We met up at one of the well known landmarks in Rome, due to my current state of intoxcation it could have been any one of the numerous places I had been that day, at that point in time they all looked the same anyways.
The fountain you chuck money into... no clue what its called.. anyone know???
We got our beifing on what we could expect from the night. Evidently they were to take us to 5 or 6 different pubs and clubs. We got free admission and a shot at the door to eery place we went. This was already turning out to be one of the better choices I had made in my life. As everyone started to introuce ourselves it was apparent that we all spoke English... which would greatly help as we were all planning on getting drunker as the evening went on and I dont think any of us would be able to translate for one another if we needed to. Our first stop was a nice bar, little bit more upper class than im use to, but then again if a place has a sign saying "No shirt, No shoes, No Service" it might as well be a black tie and coat affair in my mind.
Arches to the old Finance Building
We had some random shot of whatever you can think of. I want to say it was some kind of whiskey, but then again it might have been a jello shot. Following our stay at the 'upscale pub' we started to move down to the next place. By now everyone has loosened up and we are all talking with each other. Of course my luck would have it, I come to Rome from Germany, and I get tied into a group of girls from Nebraska on an exchange program to The Chezch Rep. Of course they feel the same way.. all the way to Rome to talk with a guy from Chicago. But we all end up having a good time and talking about what we have seen, where we are all going, etc. Each of our stops is similar to the one before, following some guide, well stummbling after some guide, taking a shot at a pub, going in, drinking more, talking, laughing, repeat. In the end me and Mia decide we have to find a way back to our Hotel. Afterall, we didnt stay in Rome and the sun was starting to rise. We knew we had to get back before Robbie and Jeana decided to leave us. After several attempts to get a cab we finally talked one of them into getting us back to our hotel. We arrive in time to see Robbie and Jeana packing all our stuff into the car... the drive home will not be fun
Rome, well the ruins of anchient Rome
With the Vatican seen and our respects paid, it was time to see the rest of Rome. We decided to find a stupid tourist's map and just start beating feet all over the city to see everything that we could. Along the way we made sure to eat as much food as we could find and no trip would be complete without having your mid-day pints of guiness along the way. I would have opted for an Italian Brew but they are better known for their wines and I just love Guinness to damn much not to enjoy whenever I can. First place we found was this huge fountain. Had I started this journal immediatly after the trip and not a few years down the line I could remember what the hell it was called.
If Russell Crowe wouldnt kick this guys ass, Im pretty sure Mia could have
Anyways, you stand with your back to it and throw coins over your shoulder. Anyone who has been there knows what im talking about, you cant miss a bunch of people throwing money over their backs into a pool of water. The fountain was one of the most impressive I have ever seen, the sculptures and detail within them were second to none. Following our 'wishing well' exerience we headed over to the Parthenon. Now I had no clue what the hell this thing was, I had heard of it before but I never studied it, and if I did I dumped it as soon as I was tested on it. When we showed up, my first reaction was... wow... great big, square building with pillars... neat. I soon found out that its a temple and blah blah blah. Anyways, the stuff inside was impressive, everything from the few paintings to the statues, to the 'alter' at the front.
Mia doing a mime impression... i think
Had a better apprechiation of it when I saw what was inside and realized that it isnt just a huge square building with pillars. Our next stop was an ice cream stand and a pub... like I said who are we to pass up a pint. Besides, one has to re-energize. Following a couple of pints we headed down towards the Collesium, now Ive seen Gladiator several times, and as I recall, there were big banners, people running around with swords, and slaves being brought in on carts, exotic animals, and I recall at least one hot chick being carried around by a bunch of guys. Well let me tell you what.. there wasnt any of that stuff. Although we did find some guy dressed up in a rather pathetic attempt to be a gladiator. Im pretty sure if Russell Crowe would have been there he would have kicked that dudes ass before he stabbed him.
Jon looking over the girls from Nebraska... all the way to Rome to meet Americans, I suck at traveling
Anways I made Mia get a picture with him just to complete the stereotypical "American Tourist" bit. So, point being, if you havent been to Rome and to the Collesium, I warned you.. theres not much of the cool stuff from the movie. We finally made it through the lines to go in and see the inside. I was surprised that the elevator was in working order. Now Im not an engineer buff or a history buff, but Im pretty sure elevators did not come in the standard "Colleseum Package" back in those days, but it sure did help with us getting up to see everything. Again, to my dissapointment, it was really worn down. You would think they would keep that thing in better condition, 2/3 of the floor was missing, holes everywhere, I just couldnt see the resale value in that property.
Inside the Parthenon, some cool alter thingy
I had asked to speak with the management but they were 'Unavailable', typical. After we had gotten all the pictures we wanted and seen what we came to see, and criticized everything in site, we headed out to see the old ruins of Rome. We saw the big arches, the remains of what was the financial building, stuff like that. You know they say Rome wasnt built in a day; that may be true.. and so is the saying.. its gone to hell over the last couple thousands of years.
Ok now before I get personally chastized over this... it was a joke. Everything we saw was amazing, I couldnt beleive how lucky I was to be standing in such a historic place. I do remember a lot from school about where I was, and I was in awe every moment. My friends and I didnt say a whole lot, aside form the occasional joke to make each other laugh, the rest of the time we were quiet, thinking in our own way what it must have been like at the height of the Roman Empire. What it must have been like to live in this era, and how lucky we were to be able to see into the past.