Rome Day 1 in Pictures — pt 4

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Thispost should conclude my day 1 pictures.  What trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Colloseum?!  Of course, we went there.  The picture above was taken from the Palentine Hill looking back towards it.

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 To get into the Colloseum, we had to pass through security.  The line wasn’t too bad…Lydia helpedus through like she does many places.

By the way, if you ever want to know, the ticket for the Colloseum is also good at the Palentine Hill.  But, you can buy the ticket either place.  According to Frommers, the line is shorter at the Palentine Hill.  We actually went their first, exited, went to the Colloseum, then went back to the Forum.  You need to take note that the order we did this in isn’t really supposed to work…we shouldn’t have been alloweb back into the Palentine Hill/Forum area…but the lady let us in.

Below are some pictures from inside the Colloseum:

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This was a cross erected by some pope in memory of Christians that were martyred at the Colloseum. This marble looked really really old so I took a picture of it.

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Here are some steps. Historians think that people could enter and leave the Colloseum in 10-15 minutes. That is just amazing. I wonder if Caesar ever used this??

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23032009(255)We had some great views from the Colloseum.  On the left is looking out over a hill where a temple of jupiter (?? or venus) once stood.  Now, there is a church built on the spot where people still go to get married.

On the right is where the line would be for people waiting to get in.  We were there kind of late so there weren’t many people still waiting.  From what we read (and saw) lines can be rather long.  Like I said, we got our tickets at the Palentine Hill first then went to the Colloseum.  We avoided some of the line…but still had to wait to get through security.  The best help for that…a 2 year old in a stroller  🙂

While walking around Rome, we saw this building several times.  I don’t know what it is…but is is pretty impressive.  If you have any ideas, leave us a comment.

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After the Colloseum, we went back to the Palentine Hill (see the warning above about use of the ticket) and went throught he Forum.  Below are 4 pictures from there that I thought you might enjoy.

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There were a few things that struck me.  But the biggest was the flowers at the grave of Juluis Caesar (sp??).  Why would people lay flowers at the grave of the man who destroyed the representative goverment and set up theall powerfull emperor?  I just don’t understand it.  There are statues of other emperors around town.  As you can see, they get flowers too.

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We also went by the Trevi Fountain (no, we haven’t thrown any money in.  I may give them 5 or 2 dinars before we leave through).

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 The last place I’ll write about was one of the first we visted.  It was the Mamertine Jail where Paul and Peter were supposedly in jail.  I don’t know how much stock I’ll put in it…but the jail was representative of a jail of that time period.  I can’t imagine being in jail then.

Note the upside down cross on the memorial in the cell.  It is like that because Peter was crucified upside down.

We went down stairs to get there…in old times, there was only a hole in the roof.

Rome Day 4

Today we visited the ruins at Pompeii.  I’m uploading pictures right now.  Check them out at our flickr page.  I’m going to conclude the day 1 picture posts this evening too.

Rome Day 3

Today we visited the ruins at Pompeii.  I’m uploading pictures right now.  Check them out at our flickr page.  I’m going to conclude the day 1 picture posts this evening too.

We went to the train station and got tickets for Naples and Pompei.  We also went to the St. Angel Castle and the Parthenon.

[Update 03-26-2009 21:56:01] I missed a day. Pompeii was actually day 4.

Rome Day 1 in Pictures — pt 3

This post of pictures will focus on Lydia.  How do we end up with so many pictures if her?  Well, from this first picture, you see she has her own paparatzi that follows her around:

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DSC08393Lydia has been such a trooper.  Sometimes she rides around in her stroller while other times she walks.  We usually let her walk as long as their aren’t many people or we are in lots of traffic.  She likes that.  But even when she has to ride, she doesn’t mind that either.

Lydia has had a great time getting pushed around by her grandparents and carried by them, etc…  The picture on the right is Lydia and her grandpa in front of the Colloseum.  The pictures on the left and below is Lydia walking on the Palatine Hill.

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Speaking of time with her grandpa, Lydia has gotten to share some good food with her grandpa.  Their favorite is…guess…potato chips.  They both like them…lots!

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I’ll end with two more pictures of Lydia on day 1 in Rome.  She’s with her grandparents on the left and resting on the Palatine Hill on the left.

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[Update 03-25-2009 21:41:11] After saving the post, I realized I had missed one picture I wanted to post.  This is Lydia looking over some old ruins in Rome.  Go figure…they are old Roman Ruins  🙂

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Snow

About a month ago we had a 10 inch (about) snowfall in Cacak.  Here are a few pictures of the snow in Cacak:

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We had to leave town (that’s why it snowed you know…the curse of Matt keeps the snow away while I’m around).  Here are a few pictures I took while we were driving over the largest hill/mountain between Cacak and Belgrade. On top of the hill, there was about 3 feet of snow with more coming down.  The trucks were having a hard time getting up the hill even though the snow plows were plowing and putting down salt/sand.  They were even putting it down extra heavy by having guys in the back of the truck shovelling the stuff out.

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Rome Day 1 in Pictures — pt 2

Well, these pictures are going to focus on Lydia’s Mom (or my smokin’ hot wife).  So, let’s start it off with a classic view:

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Just in case you don’t know…that is Cyndi (with her nice straight European hair…tell her you like it in a comment).  Her friend Jelena worked for about 4 hours on straightening her hair, and making it all the same color.

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This is Cyndi and Lydia in the Vestal Virgin “booth” in the Colloseum This is Cyndi taking pictures up on the Palatine Hill (again…with her nice straight European Hair

We’ll finish this off with Cyndi on either end of the Forum.

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Rome Day 0 in Pictures — pt 2

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While we were taxing into the airport when we landed, we saw this view.  That reminded Lydia about her grandpa sowe took a picture for him.

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I went out for a walk while Cyndi and Lydia laid down for a nap.  Here are some of the sights I saw.  This isn’t too interesting, but I saw a Blockbuster…so I took a picture of it.  I know it isn’t anything special…but I haven’t seen one in about a year.

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Only in Italy would you see a pizza vending machine.  I forget how much it was…but I’d never seen one before.

I saw a thing for RomaNBike.  I took a picture, but didn’t do any looking for it.  it may be a bike rental place or it may be something totally different.  I’m not sure.

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I stepped into a mcDonalds.  Most of the others I have been in look like a McDonalds.  This one didn’t so I snapped the picture.  Sorry for the goofy whiteout.  I was trying to be low key and not look like I was taking a picture.It had seperate stands.  One place to order coffee and donuts.  Another for ice cream.  I never did see the place you order hamburgers…but I’m sure it was there.  I didn’t walk all the way through since I had no intention of ordering.

 I stumbled across the Spanish Steps while I was walking around.  Sorry, I don’t have a picture to share of the steps right yet (we are going back tomorrow…I should have something posted about it in a week or so).  But, while I was there, I saw several people get scammed the same way.  A guy is taking pictures of his girl when a guy walks up with a few flowers.  He hands them to the girl seemingly for the picture.  When the picture is done, she tries to hand them back only he won’t take them.  She doesn’t want them, but doesn’t know what to do with them.  He then demands money from the people for the flowers they “bought.”  I haven’t seen this anywhere else in Rome yet…but be warned.  Here is a picture of the people talking to the guy about the flowers after they have taken the picture (The girl is in the white shirt, the guy in the blue shirt and coat is her “other”.  The guy in front of them is the guy wanting money for the flowers):

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Below are a few of the pictures I took of the Trevi Fountain.  We went a few days ago and I took a few more pictures.  Check back when I get Day 1 pictures up for a few more.
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That evening for dinner, I had a Whopper from a Burger King (didn’t I already mention that??)

That concludes day 0 commentary on my pictures.  Check out our flickr archive for 22 March 2009 to see all of the pictures we took on that day.

Rome Day 0 in Pictures — pt 1

Why day 0?  Well, this was our travel day.  We flew from Belgrade to Rome and arrived around 8:30am or so.  While trying to get to the place we are staying, we were thwarted by the Rome Marathon.  Everything in the center was closed.  We ended up and had to walk the last 1.5 km or so.

Here are some pictures we took while we were traveling to Belgrade and flying into Rome.  Lydia did great on the plane.

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Speaking of the marathon, here are some pictures we took of that. At first, we wondered where the runners were…but then we realized we had just seen the very first part of the race. Kevin…you should come over and run in this race. They go by some very historic stuff all over Rome.

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We ended up and ate at the best fast food place in the world…BURGER KING!!  I had this thing called an Angry Whopper.  It was a whopper with spicy cheese and jalapenos on it.  Lydia had a kid’s meal.  I forget what Cyndi had.  Lydia and I were tired after the long ride (and walk) to the hotel bed and breakfast place.

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Well, check back later…I’ll write more later tonight or tomorrow.