Thursday, July 5, 2007

Flightus Interruptus & Rome

Hello from Rome! We arrived, after many delays, about 5PM Tuesday. We have been busy sightseeing and trying to get some decent sleep...

Our apartment here in Rome is just beautiful. Its in the older section of Rome, just a few alleyways from the Piazza Navona. Its also a 10 minute walk from Vatican City and right on the bus lines. The apartment is perfect in every way except for the fact that our bedroom windows open to one of the small side streets used by scooters & minicars during the rush hour. In addition, this alleyway houses about 4 restaurants with sidewalk cafes. We had a bit of excitement last night when Maddie discovered that there was an American TV star eating at the restaurant behind our apartment. The gentleman who plays Warrick on CSI (the original)is in town filming. He and a few friends were having dinner & drinks. Maddie & Leah ran out with their cameras - he was kind enough to sign a napkin for them and pose with them for photos.

On Wednesday, we started out with a visit to St. Peters and then on to Castile Sant Angelo. From there we crossed the river and visited the Trevi Fountain, the Parthenon, then on to the Colleseum. We arrived home at 6:30PM with our feet on fire and knees aching. Josie was still raring to go - we grabbed a quick pasta dinner at one of the cafes behind our apartment and then settled in for some sleep.

I have taken over 200 photos so far - but I wont be able to post them until we are on board the ship. (Im in an internet cafe right now and cant seem to find a few characters on the keyboard!)

Today, we got a late start and we visited the Spanish Steps, the Piazza de Popola (?) and then spent the rest of the day walking the grounds of the Villa Borghese. The weather has been perfect for sightseeing - in the mid 80s with a nice breeze.

We will leave Rome at noon tomorrow to take the train to Civitavecchia - the port about an hour train ride from here - to board the Legend of the Seas. I am looking forward to having a swim and being off my feet for a day before we hit Mykonos on Sunday. Josie has been great, seems like shes doing okay with the jet lag.

Ill post a photo slide show tomorrow so you can see just how beautiful Rome is - until then... Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!!

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