Rome, Italy – 2/26/2015

February 26, 2015 (Thursday)

Slept pretty well. There was some noise but mostly coming from the bar area outside, and a neighborhood dog barking. We were finally able to get an adapter for our computers. So nice to be connected again.  The one we had didn’t work and the ones the hotel had were being used when we checked in yesterday.

We went down to the breakfast area (included in the price) and ate. They had a nice selection of juices, coffee, tea, yogurt, cereal, muffins, and other bagels.

The breakfast buffet was huge and generous.

The breakfast buffet was huge and generous.

Yogurts.

Yogurts.

Lots of breads.

Lots of breads.

Scrambled eggs and meats.

Scrambled eggs and meats.

Fruits, milks, juices.  Pretty woman in blue in the back. The red juice was orange juice.

Fruits, milks, juices. Pretty woman in blue in the back. The red juice was orange juice.

Our hotel, very nice if you fly into or out of Rome.

Our hotel, very nice if you fly into or out of Rome.

Part of the parking lot at our hotel.

Part of the parking lot at our hotel.

After breakfast we went back up to our room and did some research on Rome. Michael wanted to go to the Pantheon so we looked for the address. The plan was to drop Michael off at the Pantheon and I would drive around for about an hour while he explored it. I would then go pick him up (if I could find him). The plan worked great but he was not able to find the Pantheon. We did find lots of other things and got to see the Colosseum again (which is still under construction but such a marvel to look at). I am still loving driving in Rome, even though the streets are so rough and hurt Michael’s and my back.

Italy!

Italy!  Leaving headed to Rome.

Imagine your doing about 40, holding on for dear life, and the driver (Edie) is snapping photo's as she goes.

Imagine you’re doing about 40, holding on for dear life, and the driver (Edie) is snapping photographs as she drives along.  (Edie here – in my defense – I felt it was safe and I was watching the road.)

It is dangerous to drive in Rome.  So much to look at.

It is dangerous to drive in Rome. So much to look at.

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They must have commemorated everything.

They must have commemorated everything.

To the Gods and to the Soldiers.

To the Gods and to the Soldiers.

Just the curve would be cool, but to add a relief is way cool.

Just the curve would be cool, but to add a relief is way cool.

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The road ahead was not always obvious, she went under the overpass ahead.

The road ahead was not always obvious.  She went under the overpass ahead.

No parking, double parking, cars whipping in and out, she loved it.

No parking, double parking, cars whipping in and out, she loved it.

So much to look at, so easy to get lost.

So much to look at, so easy to get lost.  (Edie here – I like getting lost as I get to see so much more that way.)

Once the gate to Rome.

Once the gate to Rome.

We don't know.

We don’t know but we liked it.

We're flying along.

We’re flying along.

Edie let me out here.

Edie let me out here.

Nice walk.

Nice walk.

Driving down the road to the Colosseum, wonder how many times that has happened over the centuries.

Driving down the road to the Colosseum.  Wonder how many times that has happened over the centuries.

Gladiators, mad at having their picture taken without collecting a tip.

Gladiators, mad at having their picture taken without collecting a tip.

The Colosseum.

The Colosseum.

Work being done.

Work being done.

We got to drive around the back side.

We got to drive around the back side.

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I think part of the Agra.

I think part of the Agra.

I walked up to this to see what it was.

I walked up to this to see what it was.

They went big on this one.

They went big on this one.

Beautiful iron work.

Beautiful iron work.

The rules.

The rules.

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Huge and beautiful.

 

Fantastic marble reliefs.

Fantastic marble reliefs.

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Marble floors.

Marble floors.

Ah, the tomb to the unknown soldier.  Eternal flames too.

Ah, the tomb to the unknown soldier. Eternal flames too.

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This is huge and tells a really big story winding around up to the top.  Who reads it?

This is huge and tells a really big story winding around up to the top. Who reads it?

Corinthian capitol just chillin on the ground in a park.  I touched it.

Corinthian capital just chillin on the ground in a park. I touched it.

Scooters move to the front of every intersection.

Back in the car.  Scooters move to the front of every intersection.

Edie really liked this dress.

Edie really liked this dress.

Beautiful church.

Beautiful church.

 

 

 

The closer we looked the better it got.

The closer we looked the better it got.

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Great courthouse.  Though I hear justice is a oft fickle thing in Italy.

Great courthouse. Though I hear justice is oft a fickle thing in Italy.

 

 

 

Ionic on third floor.

Ionic on top floor.

 

Very ornate. Doric on bottom entrance.

Very ornate. Doric on bottom two floors.

That's the look...nostrils flared, eyes wide open, head sweeping left to right, Edie driving in Rome.

That’s the look…nostrils flared, eyes wide open, head sweeping left to right, Edie driving in Rome.

The city is ancient and the street planning reflects it.

The city is ancient and the street planning reflects it.

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A still picture does not do justice to Edie driving in Rome.  The cars on the right could easily be double parked.  She zips in, around, through...

A still picture does not do justice to Edie driving in Rome. The cars on the right could easily be double parked. She zips in, around, through…

Headed back to Fiumicino.  About 40 kilometers.

Headed back to Fiumicino. About 40 kilometers.

We went back to Fiumicino and drove around. We drove by and looked at Ostia Antica, another very large ruin that looked like Pompeii to us.

Near the airport.  Art in the street lamp design.

Near the airport. Art in the street lamp design.

Back in Fiucimina.  We decided not to go inside, we had seen so many ruins.  We did drive around the outside on our way back to our hotel.

Back in Fiumicino. We decided not to go inside, we had seen so many ruins. We did drive around the outside on our way back to our hotel.

It was a huge city and goes for miles.

It was a huge city and goes for miles.

 

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The roof built to protect some precious ancient something.

The roof built to protect some precious ancient something.

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After driving around we went back to the hotel and had a lovely lunch at the restaurant on site (near the breakfast room).

The restaurant associated with our hotel.

The restaurant associated with our hotel.

Pizza oven.  We intend to trying it later.

Pizza oven. We intend to try it later.

Good bread.

Good bread.

Edie had a Walnut ravioli dish.

Edie had a pumpkin walnut ravioli dish.

We shared fries.

We shared fries.

I had a dynamite salad.

I had a dynamite salad.

 

We ended up having dinner from there too..great food. Michael got it to go and we ate it in the room.  

Dinner, a cheese pizza...

Dinner, a cheese pizza…

And a vegetarian pizza.

And a vegetarian pizza.

Edie had a carrot cake.  Looked nothing like what we know, and she said it was one of the best she has had.

Edie had a piece of carrot cake. Looked nothing like what we know, and she said it was one of the best she has had.  The yellow stuff was sweet and not mustard.

We are ready for departure home in the morning.

That was our day. Hope yours was great.

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