Atlanta, Georgia to Rome, Italy – 2/2/2015 to 2/3/2015

FEBRUARY 2-3, 2015

Long long day and night. We got up and walked over to a local Waffle House for breakfast/lunch (blinner).

A happy crew that seemed happy to see us.

A happy crew that seemed glad to see us.

Taking the Shuttle.

Taking the shuttle.

We walked back to the hotel and the shuttle was leaving. The young man driving the shuttle was not very talkative so Michael and I just enjoyed the drive to the huge Atlanta airport. Once we got to the airport we made our way to the international terminal (which is quite a ways away and involves another shuttle).

Big suitcase.

Big suitcase.

 

We got to the international terminal and checked-in right away, then we got the bags checked in. The terminal wasn’t very busy, for which we were grateful as it has been a few years since we’ve flown international. We walked and walked to get to our area and just sat and waited. They had nice plug in areas for computers and phones. As the time got closer to board, the area filled up more and more. We heard lots of different languages being spoken.

It is a beautiful airport, clean and nice.

It is a beautiful airport, clean and nice.

Cleared security and came to an area with this great chandelier.

Cleared security and came to an area with this great chandelier.

Pretty woman walking.

Pretty woman walking.

Lots of shopping available.

Lots of shopping available.

We were in terminal G and needed to be in F.  They ran from A through F.  To the Train.

We were in terminal G and needed to be in F. They ran from A through F. To the Train.

This place is really large.

This place is really large.

I counted 16 screens with 30 departures per screen.

I counted 16 screens with 30 departures per screen.

Our train.

Our train.

Sorry for the blur.  Wanted you to see, seating for maybe 4 at the ends, the rest is poles and floor.

Sorry for the blur. Wanted you to see, seating for maybe 4 at the ends, the rest is poles and floor.

Lots of walking.

Lots of walking.

Pretty woman confirming our gate and terminal.

Pretty woman confirming our gate and terminal.

Up

Up

Nice art.

Nice art.

Saw this small suit and stopped to read.  Belonged to Martin Luther King Jr.

Saw this small suit and stopped to read. Belonged to Martin Luther King Jr.

He wore it when he met with LBJ in the white house.

He wore it when he met with LBJ in the White House.

Part of the I have a dream speech.

Part of the I have a dream speech.

Many of his personal possessions.

Many of his personal possessions.

His book.

His book.

His under-linings and notations.

His under-linings and notations.

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Sign of the times.

One of his quotes.

His Nobel Prize.

His Nobel Prize.

Signs of the times.

Signs of the times.

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He worked for his father, what a large shadow in the father’s place.

 

His home.

His home.

His writings.

His writings.

Really a museum quality display.

Really a museum quality display.

A mall sized food court.  We meant to go back but never did, too full from brunch.

A mall sized food court. We meant to go back but never did, too full from brunch.

Wine store.

Wine store.

Sergeant flying by on a  3 wheeled electric scooter.

Sergeant flying by on a 3 wheeled electric scooter.

Pretty woman in waiting mode.

Pretty woman in waiting mode.

Another interesting display, this time on Margret Mitchell

Another interesting display, this time on Margret Mitchell

And the Mt Rushmore guy, Borelum.

And the Mt Rushmore guy, Borglum.

We got on the plane and Michael was so very glad we decided to upgrade to economy comfort class. It cost us $139.00 each – but it gave us a little more leg room and it took a lot of the pain out of the flight for Michael. The chairs seemed much roomier and they reclined more. Not quite first class but it helped. The flight was about ten hours but with the entertainment center in the headrest in front of you, we played games, watched movies, and got to see the progress of the plane. Also, it seemed like they were feeding you every couple of hours. There was quite a bit of turbulence so most of the time we had to wear our seat belts.

We were in the four windows over the wing.

We were in one of the four windows over the wing.

Getting ready to land.

Getting ready to land.

Neat entertainment system.  Interactive maps.

Neat entertainment system. Interactive maps.

More data than you want to know.

More data than you want to know.

Zoom in or out.

Zoom in or out.

More video than you can possibly watch.

More video than you can possibly watch.

Seasons, episodes, movies, wow.

Seasons, episodes, movies, wow.

Watched Lucy.

Watched Lucy.

Really enjoyed the TED talks.

Really enjoyed the TED talks.

This was huge.  4 inches is wonderful and keeps my knees from grinding into the seat in front of me.

This was huge. 4 inches is wonderful and keeps my knees from grinding into the seat in front of me.

You don't feel guilty when you lean back.

You don’t feel guilty when you lean back.

Pretty woman getting ready to deplane.

Pretty woman getting ready to deplane.

Nice to see English on the bottom.

Nice to see English on the bottom.

We landed in Rome a little early and made our way through Customs. After we had gotten our bags we were making our way to the train station when a man said he would take a group of us to Civitavecchia for $35.00 each. We were tired, had all our luggage, and didn’t want to mess with the train so we said we would do it. There was another couple in the van with us who are also on the cruise tomorrow. It was fun talking to them as we drove to the port city. It was a lovely drive but it was raining and gray out today.

Bathrooms were nice.  Everything worked well.

Bathrooms were nice. Everything worked well.

Shuttle.

Shuttle.

Hit the countryside pretty quick.

Hit the countryside pretty quick. Roger and Holly shared the cab.

The coast.

The coast.

 

We were dropped off in front of our B and B Ill Mare but we had to wait a couple of hours for someone to let us in. We had told them we would be in at noon and we didn’t have a phone to call them. Michael tried going to the police station next door to ask about a phone, but he was directed to somewhere else. He also went to go look for the port while I waited with the bags.

The entrance to our B & B.  Marble everywhere.

The entrance to our B & B. Marble everywhere.

So ornate.

So ornate.

Kind of over the top.

Kind of over the top.

The Sea behind our building.

The sea behind our building.

I went walking, a sea wall on the other side of the road.

I went walking, a sea wall on the other side of the road.

Saw lots of statues.

Saw lots of statues.

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Churches.

Churches.

Very Italian looking streets.

Very Italian looking streets.

Possible wifi.

Possible wifi.

Beautiful stone work, marble as a common building material, inside and out.

Beautiful stone work, marble as a common building material, inside and out.

Great old fort.

Great old fort.

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Found where the cruise ships dock.  Not walking there tomorrow.

Found where the cruise ships dock. Not walking there tomorrow.

Watched these guys working for awhile.  Hand placing and hammering in each individual stone.  Interesting, with the equipment sitting next to them.

Watched these guys working for awhile. Hand placing and hammering in each individual stone. Interesting, with the equipment sitting next to them.

Pretty neat buildings.

Pretty neat buildings.

Cold and rainy day.

Cold and rainy day.

Some big waves.

Some big waves.

Sad to see graffiti.

Sad to see graffiti.

Much to admire.

Much to admire.

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It is an interesting place.

It is an interesting place.

Very coastal, and sometimes tropical.

Very coastal, and sometimes tropical.

Not today though, I am hustling back so as not to get caught in that rain cell.

Not today though, I am hustling back so as not to get caught in that rain cell.

Mostly new cars everywhere, but the occasional classic.

Mostly new cars everywhere, but the occasional classic.

We got into our room, finally, and it’s a lovely old bedroom with a musty old bathroom. The people running it are very nice, but don’t speak English very well so it’s fun trying to communicate with them. The price for the night was 53.00 Euro. We weren’t sure if we had the place or not because we booked it (through Booking.com) and then we were told it had been canceled, then we got a call from Italy saying to come so….we are now in our room, the bed is comfortable, and we’re getting ready to go to sleep and sleep until tomorrow.

The bed is good.

The bed is good.

The place is quiet.

The place is quiet.

Furniture.

Furniture.  TV, 5 channels, all Italian.  Lots of US shows, dubbed in Italian.

The wardrobe is huge,

The wardrobe is huge,

Sink.

Sink next to shower.

Towels, heater.

Towels, heater.

 

 

That was our days. Hope yours were great.

P.S.  It is really the 25th of February right now.  We are in Fiumicino, outside the Leonardo Di Vinci International airport (Italy) at a hotel.  We left the boat today and have rented a car.  Tomorrow we drive a little and then the next day fly to Atlanta and drive to Oklahoma.  We will publish as soon as we can.  We are pretty worn out, but boy have we seen a lot.  We look forward to sharing all.

Mike

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