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Sep 26th, 2016

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Home again, home again

We had to get up at 6am to catch our flight. For some reason the priority boarding did not exist at this end, which was just as well as the first people out were decanted to wait for a bus by the side of the road in the baking heat. At least the flight left […]

Sep 25th, 2016

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Rome – Last Day

This was our last day – and I had saved what I thought would be the best for last with a trip down the Appia Antica (the ancient Appian way which is the only still existing road to be mentioned in the Bible). We would take a picnic and meander down the ancient roadway, littered […]

Sep 24th, 2016

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More Ancient Rome

This morning we went on a guided tour of the Domus Aurea – Nero’s Golden House. The guided tour (only on Saturday and Sunday) is the only way to see it as it is still being excavated. It is absolutely amazing – and I am sure will be more so once the work of removing […]

Sep 23rd, 2016

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Rome – an interesting side trip

We were getting tired of all the tourists by this point, and J was keen to do something a bit different – so today we set off to find Villa (strangely in Italy this seems to mean ‘park’ rather than ‘house’) Torlonia on the edge of the city. Again we decided to walk as it […]

Sep 22nd, 2016

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Rome – the Vatican

Actually that title is not very accurate as of course Rome is in Italy and the Vatican is in, well, the Vatican. Actually our apartment was so close to the border that if I had pushed J off the terrace it would have been a toss up between being put in prison or burned at […]

Sep 21st, 2016

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Off to Ostia Anica today – this was Rome’s port city in ancient times. Actually we had been going to go to Pompeii but it was a bit too far to do easily and I had been told Ostia was about as good with less people. It was. We walked right over to the other […]

Sep 20th, 2016

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First Full Day in Rome

This was our first full day in Rome and the idea was to see as much of Rome as we could – with a focus on the ancient sites as that is what J and I are most interested in. Even the drain covers have a theme here! We walked over from our apartment (near […]

Sep 19th, 2016

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Arrived in Rome

Got to the airport at the crack of dawn. I’m not a fan of Ryanair, but to give them credit where credit is due, they left very promptly. We just had time for a bite of breakfast at the airport. When we arrived in Rome it was quite hot (about 25C) but not as bad […]

Sep 18th, 2016

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Off on Holiday

I’m off on holiday with my friend J today (R has no holiday left having used it earlier in the year and is on cat sitting duties). Today we went to Edinburgh where we stayed overnight at the airport Hilton as our flight to Rome in the morning is at the ungodly hour of 6:25 […]