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Old Mar 17th, 2008, 08:06 PM
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Back from 8 days in Rome! December Trip.

I typed up a journal entry each day that I was in Rome so that I wouldn't forget everything

Here goes....
1st day in Rome...
We arrived in Italy this morning. What an amazing trip this will be. Finding our way through the airport wasn’t too difficult. We exchanged some US dollars for some Euros to be able to pay our driver and for the apartment then we headed on to pick up our baggage. Our driver was waiting for us as soon as we got our baggage. How great! A very nice young man that didn’t know English of course…at least not enough. Deana and I sat in the back seat of the car while we sped through many Italian roads finally arriving in Rome about to have a heart attack because of the crazy driving of all Italians. Our driver had a little bit of a hard time trying to find our apartment but it didn’t take too much effort. He brought up our bags and we met with the lady who rented us the apartment through www.rentalsinrome.com. She was nice but also didn’t speak much English. Just enough to "almost" get by. We unpacked our clothes and got everything situated after jumping around and screaming for a minute or two. We got cleaned up, put on some makeup and changed clothes and set off on the beginning of our journey. We started off with Piazza Navona and some how or another managed to take a wrong turn when it was right down the street from our apartment. A nice lady in a shop showed me the right direction and we headed on. I was very disappointed once arriving because the Fountain of the Four Rivers is under construction so you are not able to really view it. They have small glass windows that you can look through at it but you can not really appreciate the fountain in all its glory through a window with scaffolding all around it. The rest of the piazza was quite beautiful though. They have it set up for the holidays right now so there is a carousel set up in the middle that is quite pretty with all the vendors lining the sides of the streets. There are also people standing around trying to sell you a bunch of crap…I have realized these people are VERY annoying! There are two other fountains in the piazza one of which is the Neptune fountain…very nice. We left Piazza Navona and walked on to the Pantheon. It was kind of surreal to walk inside of something so ancient. we took a lot of pictures and sat outside on the fountain steps to take a brake and enjoy the people watching. From there we went on to the Trevi fountain. WOW! It did not disappoint me! It was huge! There are also those people standing around everywhere trying to sell you a picture or a rose. We actually had one guy come up and ask if I wanted to purchase a rose and I said no. So he said “well here I give you one” I said grazi and he offered to take mine and Deana’s picture for us. I agreed but kept a close eye on my camera. He took our picture and then said “come on give me something, anything, I gave you rose.” so I gave him the rose back and said “I don’t think so” you see these people do it to every tourist that comes through and it ruins the magic of the place. After the Trevi Fountain we walked around on some of the side streets for a little while then we went to Take it Easy restaurant to eat which is right down from our apartment. The food was amazing and really good prices but the waitress was soooooo rude. I asked if I could have my Panini with chicken and cheese only and she asked if I had ever heard the saying “when in Rome do as the Romans do” which she then explained that in Rome they eat their sandwiches with everything on it. I told her no, I just wanted chicken and cheese because I am allergic to a lot of different things and she got a serious attitude with me…she didn’t say another word to us the rest of the dinner. The food was good but there is no way I would go back after that comment...unless I really really want another one of those amazing paninis! After dinner we were both tired so we went back to the apartment and went to sleep around 6:30 in the evening….we didn’t wake up the next morning until 8:00! More to come later!
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Old Mar 17th, 2008, 08:14 PM
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2nd day in Rome...

Today we went to the Spanish steps. They are a lot smaller than I thought they would be. The streets leading up to the piazza were lined with every store a shopper could dream of. Also, we are still trying to figure out how in the world the people over here dress so well…seems like everyone is wearing Burberry and Gucci. but anyways.. We started off with a walk along the river on our way to the Spanish steps. We passed Castel Sant Angelo and some really interesting buildings. Once to the Spanish steps we took quite a few pictures in front of the Bernini fountain and of course on the steps then climbed all the way up to the top to take some more. We went by the Villa Borghese and a really nice spot over looking the rooftops of Italy. At one point while we were enjoying the view at Villa Medici an older man tried his hardest to get me and Deana to join in a threesome with him…we had to escape and quickly…we walked back towards the Spanish steps then down to Via del Corso. We took a side street and ended up back at the apartment where we decided to take a siesta since our feet were hurting so bad and woke up around 8. We dressed back up for the cold weather…this time with me wearing Deana’s tennis shoes since I forgot to pack mine. We headed out for Piazza Navona to see it at night. We looked around at what the different vendors had to offer then headed on to the Pantheon where we had lunch earlier that day at McDonalds. The Panteon was beautiful at night. The lights were not overpowering so it had a very mid-evil glow to it. From there we headed on to the Trevi Fountain which was absolutely amazing at night and a lot less crowded. We had out pictures taken and threw coins in to the fountain hoping to one day return to Rome. We were getting quite annoyed with the street vendors trying to take our picture, sell us a tripod or sell us a rose…they are everywhere! From the Trevi we decided to just wonder about and see where we ended up but in the general direction of Castel Sant Angelo. The roads here are so twisty turning that it is very easy to get turned around. But with the help from three very nice gentleman who swore they were from Yonkers we were able to get back in the right direction to cross the river and see the castel. I honestly have yet to feel unsafe in this city. There are police on every street corner and as long as you have your purse or wallet securely held you don’t really face any problems. As far as traffic goes you just have to do as the Romans do…walk out in traffic and just hope the person driving the scooter or car towards you can see you. I’m serious! There aren’t a lot of traffic lights except on main roads and you pretty much just have to put your life in the hands of the people driving. We really haven’t had a hard time trying to find any of the sites either. I mean, having a map handy will help you but its fun to just wonder the streets and sooner or later you end up running across whatever it was you wanted to see. So anyway, we crossed the river on the Ponte’ Umberto and walked along the river down to Castel Sant Angelo. There is no way to describe this city at night. The only word that comes to mind is breath taking. We crossed back over the river at Ponte’ Sant’ Angelo and headed back to the apartment. But before we went up we thought it best to get something to eat before we got too tired. We went to Anima Sapori which is a little restraunt down the street between our apartment and Piazza Navona. It was delicious! Deana had a pizza with salami and I had…well I can’t remember the name of it but it was fried strips of battered chicken with lemon flavorings. Afterwards we went back to Piazza Navona and looked around once again at the different street vendors and we actually found quite a few things that we have to go back to purchase as souvenirs. Well, we are now back at the apartment plotting our day for tomorrow…more to come later…


By the way....Our entire trip was done on foot...no public transportation and I have very bad knees. But honestly it wasn't that bad. I enjoyed the walking because the side streets is where we found some of the most interesting sites on our trip.
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Our third day in Italy, Saturday

We walked to the Colosseo today and boy what a walk it was! The weather was miserably cold. Much colder than the rest of the week has been thus far. On the walk over we stopped at Piazza Navona since the Christmas market would be in full swing over the weekend. The sites and sounds are everything you would expect out of Italy during Christmas. Children getting their pictures taken with Santa, people with reindeer antlers on their heads walking around eating cotton candy, roasted chestnuts and just enjoying the day. We headed on through the winding streets of the city and eventually after fighting the bitter wind made it to the Colosseum. I had to stop and just take a second to absorb and appreciate what I was actually viewing. All of my life I have been in awe of the Colosseum and though I have always dreamt of one day standing in front of it I never actually thought I would get the chance. And here I was. It was everything I had ever dreamed it would be and more. The absolute size of this place is mind boggling. As we were approaching the ticket line a tour guide walked up to us and asked if we would like to join a tour for only nine Euro more than the ticket price for the Colosseum which was 20 Euro total. I had read about this group on the internet many times and they came highly suggested so we agreed and waited with the other English speaking tourists for the tour to start. Our tour guides name was George. He was quite amusing and very knowledgably of the facts, history and legends of the Colosseum. Also, with us purchasing a tour we were able to skip the very long lines and get out of the bitter wind! That was worth the nine Euro right there. We walked through the entrance in to the middle area around the arena floor and it took my breath away. I was really here! The tour was great and george told us about many mistakes that were made while filming the gladiator…quite funny.


After the tour was over george told us we had 35 minutes to walk around on our own and to meet another guide for a free tour of the Palentino hill at 2:00. I went outside about 15 minutes early because I wanted to make sure we didn’t miss him. After about 20 minutes our tour group was all gathered outside waiting but our tour guide never showed up. Deana and I got a Panini to share while we waited. While we were all waiting to see what we needed to do about our tour director out of no where 20-30 illegal Indians came running at us carrying all of there wares with them (the annoying street vendors)…forget Spain’s running of the bulls….we had the running of the illegals! It was absolutely hilarious. We all decided to go on to the Roman Forum on our own since we had the group ticket, we would just do it without the tour director. By this time everyone was soooooo cold most people just decided to call it a day. Deana and I trekked on though. I must admit I was getting kind of crabby because I couldn’t feel my hands and my nose was so frozen. We walked through the forum and I took some amazing pictures. Then Deana talked me in to climbing yet more stairs up the Paletine Hill which was a looong climb. I was about to die because with the weather being so cold each breath you took felt like your lungs were on fire! The climb was worth it though and I thanked Deana for talking me in to it. At the top of the Paletine Hill you could see all of Rome! It was the most spectacular view. I probably took around 30 photos just at the top of the hill! Afterwards we headed back to apartment since we were almost completely frozen and tired beyond belief. On the way back a police motorcade passed us escorting the Grandpre drivers with their cars!!!! The cars were soooo beautiful! We came back…changed and then once again headed back out to eat. We went back to the restaurant from the night before and I ordered a hot salami pizza with boiled egg and lots of cheese! It was sooo yummy! I also ordered a hot chocolate…not a good idea if you are about to go to bed. Their hot chocolate here is not like we have in the states. Its almost like syrup. If your pour sugar in to the middle it will create a hole in the center. But it had a lot of caffeine and a lot of sugar in it and I couldn’t quit talking the rest of the night. I felt like I needed to be up and moving and talking and that lasted for around 3 or 4 hours! Deana just laughed at me most of the night. I ended up having to read a magazine just to keep my mouth shut. We also stopped by Piazza Navona earlier in the night after we ate dinner and I bought everyone’s Christmas gifts. I found some really cool stuff. Well, that’s about it for today so I will write more tomorrow!
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Old Mar 17th, 2008, 08:25 PM
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Fourth day in Rome Sunday

Today was kind of a free day I guess. We walked over to the Trastaveer area to go see some of the lesser known sites. We swore up and down at the beginning of the morning that we weren’t going to do anything today that involved steps or hills after the long walk and all the stairs we had to climb at the Colosseum yesterday…we were in for a surprise though. We started our journey off with Campo fe Fiori which translates in to field of cards…not sure what that was supposed to mean but I thought it was interesting. This area was really cool. It didn’t have a lot of tourists and was very laid back and beautiful. This is where all the Italians go to get away from tourists I guess. Things were also a lot cheaper over there. I was able to get some beautiful Murano jewelry there for a fraction of what it would have cost in the states. The market was definitely kicking that morning. Kids were running around with cotton candy and parents were doing there normal shopping buying spices, fruits and vegetables. The smell of the spices engulfs you as soon as you enter the market. I wanted so badly to buy some but I had no clue what they were because it was all written in Italian. We shopped around for a little while then made our way on to Palazzo Farnese. We didn’t think we had been here yet but it turns out we had come through here on our second day in Italy on one of our many adventures wondering side streets through Roma but we had only seen the back side of the building. So we took a few pictures, snuck in to a café and used their restroom and headed on. We then went to Palazzo Spade which honestly at this point is just another big beautiful building in a city of nothing but big beautiful buildings…we crossed over the Ponte Sisto and just in front of us over the bridge was the Piazza Trilussa. A large statue…I wouldn’t call it a building…not really sure what to call it or what the significance of it was but it was on the map so we went to it. I will have to do some research once I get home to see what the purpose of this monument is. From there we headed further in to Trastaveer to see the Fonte Acqua Paola. This is where the surprise came in. It was such a long walk up a very steep hill. But it was well worth the hike once we got up there because the view was absolutely breath taking. You could see Rome in its entirety . We took some pictures and just sat there enjoying the view for a while. Right up the street from the fountain we came across a monument which was not on the map. It looked pretty important so I took pictures of the sign that was there which was in Italian and took pictures of the monument and the writing that was on it so I could translate it later when I got back to the apartment with my dictionary. I’m glad I did. It was the mausoleum of Garibaldi! I couldn’t believe that they didn’t put this beautiful monument on the map. So we headed back for the Piazza Navona area. Before crossing the bridge out of the Trastaveer area we stopped for lunch at a little pizzeria and had Panini’s and sat on the steps of the Piazza Trilussa eating lunch. We of course went through Piazza Navona which has now become a daily ritual. Then headed back to the apartment. Once back at the apartment we realized our heater was out of fuel. So we called the rental company and they said they would send someone out. We headed back in to Piazza Navona and went to a few other shops to look around while they were refueling our heater and stopped back off at the internet café again. On the way back to the apartment we stopped for Gelato and it was so rich and creamy! You definitely can not eat much of this. I gained weight just smelling it! When we got back to the apartment the lady told us that it is supposed to rain really bad tomorrow so we will not be able to go to the Vatican. She also showed us how to use the TV finally so Deana and I have been getting a kick out of the Italian tv stations. I will write more later...oh and by the way...it turned out that when the lady refueled our heater she spilled most of the fuel on our floor and then was so nice as to use the rest of our toilet paper (which we had to purchase) to mop it up....so there was hardly any fuel in the heater at all after she spilled it...we found this out right after she left...
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Old Mar 17th, 2008, 08:28 PM
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Fifth day in Rome Monday

Today it was supposed to rain so we slept in for the first time. We decided to try to get some of our stuff packed to make sure we could fit all the souvenirs we had bought in to our already loaded down suit cases. Mine miraculously fit! I was a bit disappointed when I woke up because they said it was supposed to rain this morning but it never did so we wasted our day that could have been spent at the Vatican! I guess we needed the rest though. We went to the internet café and out and about the surrounding area just to look at a few shops then on the way home stopped to get me a Panini from the take it easy café along with a hot chocolate. We got the food to go cause we were really tired for some reason and on the way back it started to rain….once back to the apartment I tried to drink the hot chocolate and this one was waaaaay thicker than the other one I got at the other café. I was getting a headache trying to suck it through a straw because it was so thick so i had to resort to a spoon to eat it with. And that was with a shot of Baileys Irish Cream added to it to try to thin it out. we were sitting around and kind of home sick so later on we decided to go to McDonalds over by the Pantheon to get a little taste of home. So we bundled up and headed back out in to the bitter cold. The food was fantastic. I don’t think I have ever been so happy to eat French fries in my life. We walked out in to the piazza to just take a little time to enjoy the Pantheon and we heard singing coming from inside. They had some kind of services going on and we were not really dressed to go inside and check it out. But from the crack in the door I could see the quire singing and it was heavenly. We went back to the apartment and sat around being lazy for a while before going to bed. This day was pretty uneventful but it was a much needed lazy day.
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Old Mar 17th, 2008, 08:31 PM
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Sixth day Rome Tuesday

So this morning we got up bright and early to head off to the Vatican. Dressed in good clothes and very uncomfortable shoes. The walk to the Vatican wasn’t as long as I expected it to be. The weather wasn’t too cold either. Not nearly as cold as it was the day we went to the Colosseum. Since we got to the Vatican so early in the morning there were no lines which we were very thankful for. This place is a bit confusing. We walked inside and it was unbelievable! The gaudiness of the Vatican leaves you speechless. I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh at the opulence of it all or just stand there in awe of it. My neck hurt afterwards because you are constantly looking up at the frescoes of the domes and the carvings that are out of this world. I was pleasantly surprised to see several works by Bernini in here...pretty much the entire Basilica! I got chills when I saw the altar that he had built for the pope that was in the center isle. It was so massive and amazing. We went through a short museum and the entire time I am like….you’re kidding me…this is the Vatican museum????? I thought it was so much bigger than this. So after the viewing we went ahead and left back for the apartment very disappointed that what we expected was not what we actually saw. When we got back I was trying to figure out why the heck the museum was soooooo small. I remembered always hearing about how massive the museum was and about all the paintings...and of course...where the heck was the Sistine Chapel???? So I looked at one of our maps and evidently I must have had a huge brain fart! We completely missed the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican museum. The little museum that we went to was just to show some of the items that used to belong to the Popes!!!!!!!!!! So by this point it was closed and we couldn’t go back. So tomorrow morning we are getting up bright and early, dressing back up….and heading back once again to the Vatican. Yes I know, I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box but to my defense I am extremely tired and very home sick. So once back to the apartment I was exhausted from all the walking and we decided to take a siesta thinking we would only sleep for around one hour….four hours later we finally wake up. Guess we were a little more tired than we thought! We hopped over to the internet café to send out some emails and then stopped by the Pantheon one more time. And of course you know me, I had to see the Trevi one last time. I will miss being able to sit in front of this fountain. We were starting to get hungry so we were going to go to our favorite little café that we had been to twice before. They have a table that the waiter says is “our table” and he always remembers what we want to drink as soon as we get in there…he’s sooo sweet. I had another hot chocolate and this one took the cake. I ordered it with Baileys and even with the extra shot of liquid added to it I still had to use a spoon. You do not drink hot chocolate here. You eat it. We ate our dinner which was as usual fantastic and took a picture with our waiter and went back to the apartment. We talked for a little while and now we are heading off to bed. I will write more later.
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Old Mar 17th, 2008, 08:36 PM
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Seventh day Rome

Ok so at this point I’m almost at the degree of insanity. I am so home sick its pathetic. All I can think about is American food and a nice warm bath….ok anyway…about our day today. We woke up first thing this morning freezing because once again our stinkin heater is out of fuel. I wasn’t able to take a shower last night because once again there is no hot water. I have yet to have a hot or even luke warm shower since we got here last week. I had to result to baby wipes because I couldn’t bring myself to getting in to the freezing shower. So when we woke up we got dressed and left for our second trip to the Vatican. The weather wasn’t so bad today. We figured the entrance would be in the Vatican square….wrong again. The entrance for the museum is all the way around on the far side of the Vatican….in other words…another long walk. The smog this morning was really bad also. So we get to the Vatican and we walk through the museum on our way to the Sistine Chapel. When you first enter the area to go towards the Sistine Chapel there is a very long hall way that is absolutely mind blowing called the Gallery of Maps. The frescoes on the ceilings and walls are out of this world. By the time I reached the end of the hallway my neck was hurting so bad from looking up at the ceiling the entire time. We walked through some more rooms with lots of frescoes and then in to the Raphael Rooms which were quite striking. After the Raphael Rooms is the Sistine Chapel. You aren’t allowed to use you camera or video camera in the chapel but you know me…the Picture Nazi always finds a way. Deana went and stood in front of some of the guards to block their view of me so I could sneak some pictures really quickly. Then I put my memory card in to my video camera so I could just point my video camera at the ceiling while I was sitting down so it wouldn’t be so obvious that I was taking pictures…several other people were getting in trouble for taking pictures but I never got caught thankfully. After the Sistine Chapel we decided to go to the museum pizzeria….yes pizza again. My sandwich was awful and Deana’s pizza wasn’t much better. I ordered some kind of orange soda and it was disgusting. Deana tried it and hated it also. I think I will just stick to my bottled water from now on. We left the museum and started our long walk back to the apartment. My knee gave out on my right leg around the area of the Vatican square. What fun. Luckily when I got back to the apartment I had some pain pills and anti inflammatory medicine even though it didn’t help much. We lay down to take a siesta and that didn’t work at all for me. The noise outside was just way to loud. There was actually a guy under our living room window singing Macarena. I felt like telling him to….well you can guess what I felt like telling him at this point. If only I spoke Italian. So when Deana woke up we called the rental agency to let them know we needed our heater refueled once again. And asked if they could call when the lady was on her way out to refuel it. As you can imagine we never got a phone call. We finished our packing and straightened up around the apartment then walked over to the internet café one last time. I had a few things I needed to pick up before we left to go back to the states so we walked some of the side streets and I found the neatest little dry pasta shop and bought some pasta for a friend. Then we stopped for dinner and the food was ok but they charged Deana four Euro because we used a napkin for each of us and they brought us some nasty bread out to the table that we did not ask for but they charged us for it anyway…what kind of crap is that. So we went back to Piazza Navona and shopped for a little while longer hoping that the lady was at the apartment refilling out heater. We stopped on the way back and got some more gelato. Once back at the apartment we realized that she had never come by to refill our heater and at this point it was to late to call the agency. So we sat here…all night…freezing…with no heat what so ever…couldn’t even take a hot shower to warm up because yet once again…no hot water. So I lay down with my sweater, and undershirt, my jeans, socks, shoes, and a huge wool blanket to try to keep warm and of course it really didn’t work. So at 3 in the morning…here we are…wide awake and ready to go home. We want Taco Bell, we want a hot bath and we want heat!
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Eighth day Rome and on our way home…Thursday

So I didn’t get any sleep last night because my teeth were chattering like a set of wind up teeth . I talked to one of my friends around three this morning and pretty much just said how glad I would be to get back home. Don’t get me wrong. Rome is amazing. But when you haven’t had a hot shower in nine days and you spend the night in the freezing cold….all you can think about is home! While waiting for our driver to arrive we made sure everything was packed and the apartment was cleaned. Every few minutes we were looking out the window checking to see if our car had arrived. The driver was supposed to be there at 6:00 in the morning. We even called the day before to make sure of our reservation…needless to say he didn’t show up on time and we were ticked. We had our luggage already downstairs waiting for him. He finally showed up after 7:00 in a large van, loaded our luggage and off we went! We were just so excited to be going back home. We got to the airport after nearly having yet another heart attack because of his driving. After he unloaded our luggage he informed us that instead of what our contract said that we would be paying 55 Euro that our NEW price was 75 Euro! We argued back and forth and I showed him my paperwork stating that we were to only pay 55 Euro but since there was a huge language barrier not much was accomplished. We were already running late so I gave him the 20 Euro just to get it over with. We rushed inside and had no clue were to go seeing that almost everything was written in Italian. I asked one of the police officers and he pointed us in the general direction of where we needed to go. We ran in to some Americans that were on the sane flight as us and pretty much just followed them. We checked our luggage in and Deana’s was to heavy. So we unloaded some of her suitcase in to mine so she wouldn’t have to pay an extra fee. We rushed to our gate and then within around 15 minutes loaded the plane. We put my carry on luggage in the overhead compartment but didn’t close the door to it yet since people were still loading the plane. A flight attendant came along and crunched my luggage while shutting the door. I was horrified! All the breakable souvenirs I had bought were in that bag! But there was nothing I could do about it at that point so I grit my teeth and tried to forget about it. All I could think about was how bad my knee was hurting and how much I just wanted to sleep. I tried to close my eyes but all I could hear was the two old drunk women in front of me talking very loudly. I had taken some pain meds to help with my knee so I figured, what the heck. I’m just going to dope myself up so I can actually get some sleep. So I took two Tylenol pm and that knocked me right out. I slept for a good while and watched a few movies. Deana and I had been joking that after all the pizza and Italian food that we ate while in Italy that if the airline served pizza on the flight we would just scream. Sure enough….out came the pizza. It was disgusting. We arrived in Atlanta after an 11 hour flight and rushed through customs and like 20 different security checkpoints before finding our gate for our flight to Gulfport. We only had to wait an hour and we boarded the tiny plane. There was really bad weather throughout the South so we were kind of nervous about the flight. Everything went great until around 15 minutes before we were supposed to be arriving in Gulfport. I decided to go ahead and use the restroom while we were still in the air so when I got back to my seat Deana took her turn. Well she was sitting in the seat next to the window so I didn’t bother buckling my seat belt since I was just going to have to get right back up when she got out of the bathroom. Within a minute of her getting in to the bathroom all hell broke loose. The plane dropped in altitude because of the turbulence and I went airborne. Everyone on the plane was freaking out. I was praying. I was also wondering how poor Deana was holding up in the bathroom during all of this! After the worst part of the turbulence was over Deana came out of the bathroom expressing a few expletives but it wasn’t anything that everyone else on the plane hadn’t already screamed out. We made it finally in to Gulfport (now with huge bruises forming down my side from where i went airborn)and her mother and step father met us at the airport with Deana’s car. So we loaded our luggage and off we went. It was great just to hear American music on the car ride home. Deana dropped me off at the apartment and man was it nice to have dinner waiting on me when I got there! YUM! Pork chops and macaroni! Absolute heaven I must say. But before I even ate I had to get a hot shower and that has got to be the best shower and bath I have ever had in my life. So this draws our Italian vacation to a close. It had its many ups and a few downs but everything was well worth it...just a hint of advice though...cause i forgot to mention that when we arrived at the rental apartment in rome we were missing a window...yes the window was completely broken out...and here it is the dead of winter...do NOT use www.rentalsinrome.com....they never returned our deposit...i took pictures upon arriving and when i left to show that we had cleaned everything. we also froze because of no heat! the driver jipped us at the airport and told the rental company that we never payed him the extra 20 euro. but after several emails to the rental agency they have yet to rectify the situation.
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Old Mar 18th, 2008, 10:15 AM
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By the way...just a note...everything said in my journal is of course in my own opinion. I may have made a few mistakes or comments that you might not agree with...but this was my experience in Rome...everone's is different. Thanks and I hope you all enjoy!
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I noticed a mistake with the web address that i listed for the rental agnecy i used....the correct one is
www.rentalinrome.com

NOT
www.rentalsinrome.com

Sorry about that!
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Travel usually does involve some highs and lows, doesn't it? Thank you for your honest trip report. I enjoyed it.
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Old Mar 18th, 2008, 11:24 AM
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thanks flamom! the trip was still the most amazing thing i have ever done in my life. Even with the problems with the apartment and driver.
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Thaks for your interesting trip report.

About the hot water . . . did you turn on the hot water heater? Because fuel charges are so high in Italy, it is typical for some Italians to turn the hot water heater off when not in use, even if they leave the house for just a few hours. Your fuel lady may have seen that it was on and turned it off to save energy, expecting that you knew how to turn it on again.
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Old Mar 18th, 2008, 11:51 AM
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"Too much ado about NOTHING". I hope that tossing a few coins into Fontana di Trevi ensures a return so that you can truly embrace the essence of Rome.
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Old Mar 18th, 2008, 11:54 AM
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Yes we tried the switch several several times..never worked...
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Old Mar 18th, 2008, 11:56 AM
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silver, as a history major I actually got to see most of the things I wanted to see in Rome...as far as being able to just kick back and relax and enjoy my surroundings..that will be on my next trip lol.
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As a History Major I would have thought you would have had more regard for the no photo rules -
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oh jeez....here we go again...
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Actually, I was rather glad someone else mentioned that, about the photography, because it sure made me pause and think, really, did she just say that? I probably wouldn't mention that I did it, and I sure wouldn't brag about it, but . . . glad you had a nice trip.
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