Friday, November 14, 2008

Back in Rome - on the Hop On Hop Off Bus

We returned to Rome from Sardinia and had a day and a half before leaving for our ship.
We spent half a day walking around Rome again and saw more of the same sights. We ate out for lunch and dinner and sampled the local food. It’s hard being a tourist you know….
I had to re pack the suitcases because after being overloaded in Sardinia, I had to pay 180EU for excess baggage and we nearly did not get the suitcases on the flight. I am surely going to have to do something with all this stuff before we leave for Australia.
We took the Hop on Hop Off bus around Rome for a whole day. All the big cities have these, you pay your fare for a day or two days and you get to hop on and off as many times as you want and the bus goes to all the major sights and leaves every 15 minutes so it is a great system. On board you have earphones you can plug in for commentary in any language and the attendant speaks English too. Michael was so excited to go up to the top deck “al fresco” style.

We went all the way to the Vatican and checked things out there before having lunch. We arrived there on a Sunday at around 1130 just after mass had finished, the Pope had just given his sermon and a sea of people were returning from St Peter’s Basilica. The photo may not show you well but it was overwhelming to see all the people.
We took some snaps there but did not visit the monument as we have a booking in a few weeks to visit the Vatican museum including the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo. We got some good shots from the outside of the Basilica. One tip: eating near the Vatican is very expensive. We had lunch in a restaurant and we would have paid 70EU elsewhere, but here we paid 118EU. In our currency it is double because we are only getting 50 cents for our dollar so that was an expensive lunch!!!!
Talk about expensive, I will have to tell you the story about our $2500 internet with Telstra! Maybe next post. That will explain why the blog had no new posts for a few days last week.

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