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The trains all lead to Rome

March 19, 2010

Sorry for the delay in this blog. I am having trouble getting the pictures to load. I will try to catch up in the next day or so.

We left Venice at about 10:30 on Wednesday (not Tuesday as I said yesterday). We were again on the Trenitalia Eurostar, the fast train that travels at about 120-130 mph. It is a great and smooth ride. The countryside was beautiful, although I did not see much of it. The trip was a rest catchup time for me. I had been getting up early each morning to do final preparations on Phillipians and to post this blog. My body was ready for a little rest, so I gave in to the comfortable seat on the train. The four hour trip passed quickly. Needless to say, I took no pictures of the trip. See Jason and Clay for those. Remember, just click on the blue to go to their blogs.

We arrived in Rome, loaded in a taxi, and rode the 16 blocks to Lancelot Hotel where we stay in Rome.  The hotel is located very near the Coliseum. Here was our first view of it as we drove up.

Here is our hotel.

The Lancelot is a great hotel run by a wonderful family. The son, Ferris, is a gourmet cook. We eat breakfast and dinner there when we are in Rome because the food is so good. Last night (Wednesday) we had avery good risotto, beef with potatoes and what looked like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower. The dessert was a great lemon tart made from local lemons. They also make some of the best coffee in Italy in their coffee bar.

After checking into the hotel, we rode the bus downtown to the Spanish Steps. These steps are a gathering place for the people of Rome. They come, sit, and visit.

Here is the famous Treve Fountain. Remember the movie Three Coins in a Fountain?

There is a custom that if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain, you will come back there. Jason had just thrown a coin. I missed it because I am not fast enough with the camera. He looks good, though, don’t you think?

On the way back to the hotel, we walked by the Coliseum.

And by the excavation of the place where the gladiators trained.

Today (Thursday) is our first full day in Rome. On tap are the Vatican, the Pantheon, and some of the piazzas of the city.

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