Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rome Under Construction - No Coins Allowed....

A visit to iconic sites are a thrill...we have seen them in movies, magazines, the news and there is something wondrous about being there in person!  We do need to keep in mind, however, that many of them are in a constant state of repair and restoration.
Such is the case here in Rome.  The Trevi Fountain is undergoing a major restoration and was almost completely concealed in scaffolding And In fact was drained of water.  It is still a very popular site so they have come up with a very efficient system for those who still want to enjoy this landmark.  A scaffold walkway goes over the work site - one way only - each end guarded by a Roman policeman who makes sure everyone is going the right way and another one in the middle who keeps people from stopping and throwing coins in the dry construction zone below. Maybe the construction workers don't wear hard hats here! Whatever...there are still people sneaking their coins in...maybe they should encourage people to throw in coins so they can hire more people to get the job done faster!

Onward to the Spanish steps which is another construction zone. And the Coliseum...And so on...

If sites like this, whatever city you visit, are important to you, then make sure to check before you book, so you aren't disappointed.
This city is much more than the tourist sites though, Rome is amazing! Everywhere you turn, you see something special.  And don't forget to look up to the rooftops to see all the beautiful details in the architecture.

Ciao for now
Penny and Dan (Camera Guy)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Arrivederci Canada!

Dan and I are enjoying the Premium Lounge at the airport before boarding our Transat flight to Rome. This is the beginning of our vacation to Italy!  We like to get here early and relax, although I must admit my head is spinning because I am listening to a couple  giving advice to  two young men who are going to celebrate a birthday in Italy. Ahhh, the value of a travel agent couldn't be more emphasized here...but I am not working!  Even though I want to jump up and scream  NO! NO! NO! one day is not enough for Tuscany!!!! and the Cinque Terre are not five islands....and the Parthenon is not in Rome...but instead I am trying to convince Dan to tune them out.because this is OUR vacation. From the look on his face, I don't think he's taking my advice.

Dan will be photographing the Canadian Team at the  Commonwealth Games in Glasgow so we decided to take some time in Italy  before he needs to be in Scotland. The Cinque Terre area on the Italian Riviera we decided was the perfect place to go!  We've never been there before and have wanted to explore it for some time as we have heard so many good things about it.

This is what we plan to do....We will spend a little time in Rome before taking the train to Florence. From Florence we will pick up our rental car and head to the little house we rented overlooking Portofino.  Elliot and Leah will join us there and I am over the moon excited about that too!  We haven't seen Elliot since Christmas and I miss him:(.   From there we will explore the Cinque Terre as well as do some day trips in the area.  Elliot and Leah will continue on their journey, Dan and I will head to Florence then Dan will go to the games and I will take the train to Rome then return home to Toronto.

We will keep you posted about our adventures along the way!

Penny and Dan


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