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RHarrison6


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Serbian Croatian Roman Vacation

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Final Learnings

Aptos, United States


A couple of final parting thoughts from this great trip. Some things you just can't learn unless you visit in person.

1. There seems to be an old Italian custome, of which we were not aware, to moon walk after using the toilet in Italy.

2. If you don't move quickly, the doors of the Metro in Rome will grab your butt on the way out.



permalink written by  RHarrison6 on July 9, 2011 from Aptos, United States
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Home to California

Aptos, United States


We are back home now, safe and sound. A little bit jet lagged but safe and sound. We did not have internet access in Rome and no time to drop into an internet cafe. So we will be posting our Rome reports in the next day or so. So stay tuned. Thanks for all your comments on the blog. It was a lot of fun to put it together, but always nice to hear that people are reading it.

Oh, and the espresso machine has been ordered. It will be here next week!

permalink written by  RHarrison6 on July 8, 2011 from Aptos, United States
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Off to Rome we go

Rome, Italy


Rome was fantastic! We arrived to the bustle of a big city and wheeled our suitcases to the next apartment which would be our home for the next 3 days and nights. After we had been duly spoiled with our Venice apartment we were a little let down with our Rome accommodation but in the end it worked out just fine. Nothing wrong with having some lovely olives and wine off the end of Lily's bed after all.
We got to the Colloseum early and jumped into a tour which turned out to be a great idea. It was just awe inspiring to walk the ground that had been walked by the great emporers and gladiators. You could really get a sense of what it would have been like to be there in the stands watching a gruesome duel. After the Colloseum we headed to another tour of the Forum led by a chap from Birmingham England who spoke just like Robin Leach. This tour was also a must because we would have missed out on so much information about the importance of Palantine Hill and the Forum.
After lunch my mom headed back to the apartment for some rest and we went out to do a little shopping. That evening we headed to the banks of the Tiber River and had dinner. The next day we decided to visit the Pantheon which was a Pagan temple prior to becoming a church. Of course it would have been destroyed if it hadn't been turned into a church. The dome and oculus were the inspiration for the Basilica in Venice and St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
After a quick walk around Novona Piazza we went for a gelato and ended up running into another family from Santa Cruz.
It was then time to head to the Vatican. We decided again to participate in a tour so we could avoid the lines and have someone help us maneuver through this city. Our guide was incrediably knowledgeable and she seemed to know everything about the Vatican. After 3 hours I felt like I was in the information overload stage and we all staggered out of there ready to sit down to a glass of wine. I am still not sure what to make of the Vatican. Every single inch of the Vatican is magnificent. Every tapestry, painting, sculpture, mosaic and map is pure work of art. It was hard to wrap your head around the fact that everything here belonged to the Vatican. It was so opulent and lavish and it felt strange to have so much wealth and opulance in a place that was suppose to be a place of worship. I am still not sure how to verbalize the feelings I am left with. That evening we went out for some wonderful carbonara and after dinner walked around enjoying Rome's magnificence one last evening.


permalink written by  RHarrison6 on July 7, 2011 from Rome, Italy
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Food in Rome

Rome, Italy


Food was a big part of our trip to Rome. All kinds of great pasta and pizza. One night we bought some olives, cheese, and salamie at a local market to enjoy back at the apartment. Lily was amazed by the size of the mortadella behind the counter, so we had to buy some.

Lily was convinced that the mortadella was as big as her head... pretty close!



permalink written by  RHarrison6 on July 5, 2011 from Rome, Italy
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First Evening in Rome

Rome, Italy


After we arrived in Rome and got settled in, we went out for a walk to get some dinner. We walked down one street and turned left and we found The Colosseum just around the courner!



permalink written by  RHarrison6 on July 5, 2011 from Rome, Italy
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A Day in Venice

Venice, Italy


Our flight to Venice was quick and easy. The airport is not right in Venice but a little while away. When we landed we took a water bus (boat/bus) to Venice. We were then greeted by a man named Christian who walked us to our apartment. Our apartment was amazing! The floors were the original flooring from when it was first built, all marble, the rooms were spacious and it looked like the kitchen had just been remodeled. Christian was very helpful and showed us how to use everything I the House. He told us what a good restaurant was and gave us a map. Looking at the map we all knew it would be easy to get lost all of the tiny alley ways, canals, Bridges and roads it looked very confusing. We went out to dinner after getting situated, playing a few rounds of Solitaire and Roxanne plugging in the hair drying only to get electrocuted, we went out to dinner. But she was fine, only a little shocked (no pun intended.) We went to the restaurant Christian had recommended. The food was great! After dinner we visited the San Marco Plaza and walked along the pretty, but polluted Grand Canal. Then we headed back to our apartment to get some sleep.

permalink written by  RHarrison6 on July 4, 2011 from Venice, Italy
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Other Venice Stuff

Venice, Italy


We had been indulging in the espresso of Europe since Belgrade, but now we are in Italy and it is time for some real espresso drinking. A Double Caffe Macchiato was our drink of choice. By the time this trip was done, Rick was drinking single shots just to get to sleep!
In fact, we have already ordered an decided to buy an espresso maker once we are back home.

There is no doubt that Venice is not an easy place to navigate. It takes about half a day just to get a feel for the place with the narrow paths between buildings and of course the canals. We had high hopes to see two or three things on our day in Venice, but before we knew it half the morning was gone and we were still trying to find our first stop. So we gave up and decided to take a Gondola ride through the canals to take a break from all the caotic map reading

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permalink written by  RHarrison6 on July 4, 2011 from Venice, Italy
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Rain, rain go away

Cavtat, Croatia


Waking up this morning the weather was looking gloomy. Clouds covered the sun and the sky was gray, not the best swimming weather. Roxanne was sure that the clouds would clear up and it would become as hot as yesterday. The weather wouldn’t get in our way though. We all got our swim suites on and jumped in the water. I admit that the water was cold and our swim was short but by 1:00 the clouds had cleared and Roxanne’s prediction was correct. It was hot!
We swam some more and then walked to the market for a lunch of fruit, cheese and salami. We brought back the peaches, grapes, apricots, cherries, watermelon, cantaloupe, cheese and salami back to our lounge chairs by the water. After lunch, Lily and Roxanne played a game of crazy eights before Roxanne left to watch the Women’s tennis singles at a bar with Elaine. Lily and I played a game of solitaire together and won! After cards, Rick, Lily and I dove into the water and went for another swim. After our swim Rick, Lily and walked to the bar where Roxanne and Elaine were. Lily and I went back to the hotel to shower while Roxanne, Rick and Elaine continued to watch the tennis. After our showers Lily and I played solitaire again, and again, and again. We then walked back down to the bar where our parents were. Elaine had gone back to her room to rest. We walked back to the bar where my parents were. They were ready to go so we walked around town and shopped a little. They bought me a shirt and Lily some Russian dolls that get smaller and smaller as you take each one out.
After shopping, we went back to the hotel and we all played cards outside. It started to rain so we had to go inside. By that time we were all getting a bit hungry so we walked to a restaurant. Lily, Rick, Roxanne and I ordered pizza and Elaine had spaghetti. After dinner we stayed at our table and played hearts for a while. We could hear the rain on the plastic cover we had over our table. After cards we walked back to the hotel in the rain.


permalink written by  RHarrison6 on July 3, 2011 from Cavtat, Croatia
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Next stop Venice

Venice, Italy


it is time to leave beautiful Cavtat sadley. Lily and Roxanne went for one last swim in the Adriatic Sea while Rick and I worked on the blog we are getting ready for our flight ro Venice, italy now!

permalink written by  RHarrison6 on July 3, 2011 from Venice, Italy
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First day of Cavtat

Cavtat, Croatia


This morning we woke up around 8:00, packed our bags and went to breakfast. We were going to take a 10:00 boat ride to Cavtat, where we are staying for the next two days. Anyways…so we got up, eat a very European breakfast and rolled our bas down the many stairs towards the dock. Our boat was small but there were only nine people on board so it didn’t need to be big. It was about a forty five minute boat ride to Cavtat. The ride was very pretty and the water was so blue!
When we were getting close enough to the dock to see Cavtat we were all in awe! It was beautiful! Our driver docked the boat helped us unload our bags and then we walked to our hotel which is right on the water. After changing into our swim suites we all walked down to the water. Elaine was not going to swim so she decided to go for a walk and explore this tiny town. Lily my dad and I warmed up on the chairs and then jumped into the water while my mom sun bathed. The first time I jumped into the water it was freezing at first but then I warmed up and it was very nice. After a little sun bathing my mom decided it was time to take a dip in the water. She agreed that the water was cold, but nice.
After lunch at Café Cavtat my sister dad and I jumped back in the water and had a blast! We dove in from a stone walkway jetting into the water, swam to a buoy, and splashed each other with the saltiest water my sister and I had ever tasted! It was a lot different than the Pacific Ocean we usually swim in. When we were all tired and a little chilled we went back to the hotel cleaned ourselves us and took a walk. We then met up with Elaine to watch some tennis at a restaurant. We are now about to go out to dinner.


permalink written by  RHarrison6 on July 2, 2011 from Cavtat, Croatia
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