sorry we havent been able to update. its been so busy here.
sunday when i got here, i met up with andrew at the hotel and we explored around rome a little bit. we've been heavily relying on his guidebook because its really helpful with finding good food. that night we found one of the restaurants in the book and it was AMAZING. then we went to a piazza and listened to the music, danced, watched performers and painters. it was romantic/cute. i loved every minute of it. We got lost on the way home (something we're gonna get used to fast b/c our map sucks and we get lost prettymuch everywhere we go)
monday we did the vatican city. we did a guided tour of the museum and sistine chapel (and even though we're not allowed to take pics of the sistine we did hehe) then we did st peters (wow. forgot how incredible that was)... then we went to this sicilian restaurant (again, amazing. and the people seemed like they hated us at first... but by the end, it was clear that they were just as intrigued by us as we were by them... they even gave us a free reusable cork to use on the wine we bought at their sister store after they opened it for us.. and our favorite guy who we assumed to be the owner or maitre de kissed my hand hehe... since we left there at midnight, the metro wasnt working to get us home, so we had about an hour and a half walk home.. getting lost all along the way trying to find the trevi fountain... on the way, we encountered our first scammer. this is interesting. they tell you theyre giving you a rose and as soon as its in your hand, they go "could you give me some change?... just a little more?"... In retrospect, i should have never taken the rose, but this guy came up to us and we were alone in a piazza and i just watned him to go away. eventually we found the trevi fountain, drank a little wine while sitting in front of it, and left, just to get lost again (obviously.)
tuesday, we started at the copelini (i dont really remember if this is even the name) museum.. which was packed with stuff about the ancient ruins... SO interesting. There was this hugeee statue of Constantine that I remember learning about in school... all they had was the head, a hand and a foot, but they were each massive so I cant even imagine what the whole thing looked like. wish i could see it. Then we went to the roman forum... we couldnt find the entrance and the guidebook told us it was free so we decided to sneak in an exit and just work our way backwards. well after getting caught and yelled at, we were forced to find the entrance and were greeted with a huge line and the realization that they must have recently started charging. since we had seen everything from above and taken our pictures, we decided it wouldnt be wise to see them up close since we still had much to do and the afternoon was flying by. we went to the colesseum next, which, of course, was just amazing. it was so incredible to walk around a building with so much history. the only sad part, and this goes for most of rome, is how poorly they are with security and in keeping up cleanliness. Not that the city isnt clean... it is.... but there is graffiti EVERYWHERE and there is soooo much important stuff that is either disregarded or thrown to the side... there were pieces of the colesseum just thrown off to the side that people were sitting on... in the vatican, people had carved their name into some important pieces... im just shocked that anyone could have the balls to do that. Its so sad for this city because they have so much to see and a lot of it is ruined... after the colesseum we got lunch and then took the metro over to the Castel di Santangelo (spelling?).... we had such a fun time just messing around and I even designed a whole layout for my castle... dont worry I drew it up so youll all get to see it... then we went to the pantheon and spanish steps before going home to freshen up... we had a late dinner at about 10:30 and walked around a really expensive part of rome... i have a lot more detail but im running out of time on the computer
sorry about the lack of pictures. im on a computer in an internet cafe. the next hotel has internet so ill upload them off andrews computer there.
heres our plan for the next couple days:
we're buying a train pass and doing the rest of italy. its 9am here... were going to eat breakfast and then get on a train to pisa.. were spending the day in pisa and then hopping on a train to florence where we will stay the night... spend the 29th in florence and the night then too. (so 2 nights in florence)... then that morning were going to travel to bologna... spend the day there and that night travel to venice and spend the next night or two there... the only thing we have booked is the 2 nights in florence right now
then we havent decided if were doing greece yet since it would be expensive and there is only about a day or 2 of stuff to see.. so taking a flight there would kind of be a little steep.. well see though... last stop is spain.. but were not sure of any dates and what were doing yet.. just kinda seeing where we end up
i love and miss you all... ill update as soon as i can with more info... ciao!!!!