Italy and Mediterranean Cruise
Lots of sunshine and heat today!!!!
We got off the ship very efficiently at 9 am to meet our bus back to the hotel in Rome. We were settled in time to catch a glimpse of Kate's dress and be out the door by 11:30. We took a public bus in to the city and right to the Colosseum which was number one on Isaac's list. As we were driving into the city center or ancient Rome, I was completely amazed at the ruins along the way and knew I would need to backtrack through those.
The Colosseum was spectacular...just enormous and the infrastructure ingenious. Although it is worn and damaged you can still see the place where the gladiators and animals were held below and get a real sense of how huge an event the fights were. We spent a couple hours there before walking in search of the ruins I wanted to visit, only to realize it was the Palladium and the Roman Forum. This was like walking back through time. Smack dab in modern Rome is miles of the ancient city. Unbelievable that so much of the structure remains intact. Amongst all this are beautiful old churches with preserved frescos, statues and gorgeous buildings everywhere. This is a beautiful city.
We walked until the feet could take no more and we found a restaurant that was open. Restaurants close after lunch and don't reopen until 730 pm which is not the best for Ellen's sugars (eating and sleeping right after). Anyway we finally found one and to Sherry's delight, they had gluten-free pasta!!! We had a great supper. Bruschetta, pasta and my favourite, artichokes alla roma (oil and lemon grilled).
We had a great day but are dead tired. Tomorrow morning we are heading to Vatican City to hang with the Pope. Hard to believe this is our last day. Time has gone sooooo fast.
Shelley and Izak