Monthly Archives: August 2015

Florence Day 3 – The Galleria Academia

We had reservations for the Galleria Academia in the morning. It’s another art gallery, not as large or extensive as the Uffizi, but it contains what is arguably (but not very arguably) the most famous statue in the world, Michelangelo’s … Continue reading

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Florence Day 2 – The Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo

We had reservations for the Uffizi Gallery the next day at eight fifteen and we spent an entire morning there. I only wish it could have been longer. There’s so much more magnificent art than I could manage to take … Continue reading

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Florence Day 1

We got the high speed train from Rome in the morning and an hour and a half later we were in Florence. Our hotel there was just a few blocks from the train station, so we walked to it. Hotel … Continue reading

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Rome Day 6 – The Vatican Museums

Wow, was it a day! We started the morning with tickets to the Vatican Museums. If you’re planning to go, be sure to pre-book your tickets online. The line for pre-booked tickets moves much, much faster! We got in within … Continue reading

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Rome Day 5 – St. Peter’s Basilica

Laundry in the morning. It’s been really hot here in Rome, and we’ve gone through clothes much faster than expected, so we needed to do wash some things. Fortunately, there’s a small launderette just a block down from the hotel. … Continue reading

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Rome Day 4 National Museum

On Sunday morning, I was not at my best after not sleeping much the previous night. We had a pipe dream about going to Mass at St. Peter’s but our dream crashed into the Roman reality of huge crowds and … Continue reading

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Rome Day 3 The Colosseum +

Up and out early this morning to get to the Coliseum at 8:15. We actually got there at 8:30, but since that’s when it opened, it didn’t matter. Very, very impressive! The weight of history and sense of the long … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 2 – Exploring the City

Fountain Statues in Piazza Navona On Day 2 of our stay, we started off by taking a tourist bus tour to see the major sites of Rome , which made sure we didn’t miss anything important.  We drove past the … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 1 Seeing Rome for the First Time

We arrived in Rome at just after mid-day.  Our son Joe, daughter-in-law, Steph, and 14-month-old grand-daughter Freya had arrived an hour or so before we did. They found the driver of the car I’d hired to take us to the … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 0 Getting there is NOT Half the Fun

This is the first of a series of posts I’m doing on a recent trip I took to Italy with my husband Jim, son Joe, daughter-in-law Steph, and grand-daughter, Freya.  We visited Rome, Florence and Varenna (a town on Lake … Continue reading

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