Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
Results 51 to 62 of 62
  1. #51
    I am in Jail

    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Last Online
    11-07-2014 @ 08:15 PM
    Location
    quarantine
    Posts
    2,919
    you can have something blessed...

    the car keys could be a classic(?)...
    think, i would seek to have my wallet blessed...

  2. #52
    Never Mind The Bollix
    Looper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Last Online
    Today @ 09:26 PM
    Posts
    12,502
    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth
    for an audience with the Pope
    Quote Originally Posted by alitongkat
    man, if its for free, i would go there, too...
    Don't worry, it's available on Kickass. Not as good as an Audience with Billy Connolly I thought!

  3. #53
    Guest Member S Landreth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    left of center
    Posts
    7,782
    We went to visit the Pope at St. Peter's Square. We arrived early and stood in one of three lines into the square and let in at 8:00 am.




    Some brides and grooms were there to try to get the Popes blessings.


    The girlfriend took-off running (me following) and grabbed a seat in the second row. It was like being at a horse race. Soon as the gate opened, she was off and running (only one other young girl started following her as she passed her by). Because of the pushing and shoving nearing the gate, she was a few visitors ahead of me.




    Plenty of security and everyone getting ready for the Pope to arrive.










    Special seating for the Handicap


    At about 10:15 am the Pope arrived and circled the square greeting his audience (kissing babies, etc).


    After being seated he gave a speech which was summarized in more than a few different languages (Thai wasn't one of them).




    Deep thought or resting?


    I don't know if I like this picture or look.


    After the ceremony the Pope started to greet some of his visitors. We waited a bit to let the Square empty out before we left. There were about 4 rows of people who stayed behind hoping the Pope would come to visit them.





    Last edited by S Landreth; 19-09-2013 at 11:55 AM.
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

  4. #54
    Guest Member S Landreth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    left of center
    Posts
    7,782
    Went for a nice walk yesterday starting at the Colosseum, then to the Roman Forum / Palatine Hill before visiting the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (the first king of a unified Italy).

    Colosseum
















    Roman Forum












    We also took a ride to the top of the Altare della Patria Monument to view the Piazza Venezia (and get a panoramic view of Rome).








  5. #55
    Guest Member S Landreth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    left of center
    Posts
    7,782
    The oldest fresh market in Rome (Campo de Fiori Fresh Market) was established in 1869 in the Campo de Fiori neighborhood.

    We went to visit the market yesterday and afterwards we went to see the Pantheon (no tickets needed).




















  6. #56
    Newbie padeedy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Last Online
    03-03-2014 @ 11:34 PM
    Location
    Chester, England.
    Posts
    18
    I love Venice, and have been there several times. The first time was when I was 12 years old, with the Boy Scouts, and we stayed in a Priests' seminary next to Santa Maria della Saluta, opposite Saint Marks' Square. That was 60 years ago. Still nothing has changed. Venice is unique, and everybody should see it before they die. But please do not try to appreciate it on a day trip. You must stay there for a few days at least, and explore as much as possible on foot (no cars, of course!)

    I have taken my lovely Thai wife there twice, and she loved it. We stayed once in a small hotel called Hotel Canal e Walter, opposite the railway terminus. Great canal views, and a lovely back garden to enjoy your breakfast.

  7. #57
    Thailand Expat
    sabang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Last Online
    Today @ 07:36 PM
    Location
    BackinOz
    Posts
    31,461
    Some more tourist averse and budget conscious travellers are bypassing Venice and Florence these days, in favor of Padua and Verona. Damn, it's a shame you can't have Venice to yourself. A dream holiday SL, and a great thread- cheers.

    Can't believe I've never made it to Italy. Definitely on my bucket list- 'see Venice and die'? I read a fat book, years ago, by Jeremy (Lord) Norfolk- a lifelong lover and scholar of Venice, with the money to be so. What a history, what a place.

    Is it worth while to observe that there are no Venetian blinds in Venice?
    William Dean Howells

  8. #58
    Guest Member S Landreth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    left of center
    Posts
    7,782
    Couple days ago the girlfriend requested no more churches. She had seen enough and I agreed so we went to visit as many (prominent) fountains as we could find in Rome.

    Couple of them we had already visited, but I'll post all of them here.

    Trevi Fountain




    The three fountains in the Piazza del Popolo






    Fontana del Tritone (being refurbished)


    Fountain of St. Peter's Square by Bernini


    Vatican Garden Fountain (behind Art Museum)


    Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi




    The Moro Fountain


    Fountain of Moses


    Fontana del Pantheon


    Fountains of the Bees


    Fontana della Barcaccia




    The Turtle Fountain


    Fontana delle Naiadi




    Campo dei Fiori Fountain


    II Babuino


    Some random fountains in Rome along the way





    _______________________________

    Yesterday we rented a scooter to visit a few different neighborhoods and ran into a couple landmarks (Castle Sant'Angelo & Tiber Island).








  9. #59
    Guest Member S Landreth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    left of center
    Posts
    7,782
    We tried Rome's subway system (and buses out), to get to a few places a couple days ago. You can purchase a ticket for a one way trip, 1, 3 or 7 day ticket. There's nothing to it and it is easy to get around. They only have two lines (Line A & Line B in the link) now but are building another to open in a few years. As I have been told it's a slow go because at almost every turn there seems to be archaeological sites that need to be checked before tunneling can continue.






    We went to see Villa Borghese (Rome's Central Park) and spent some time there, Aurelian Walls/Villa Bonaparte/Porta Pia and Villa Torlonia but did not go into the museum and visited Rome's Main Terminal (Bus/Train/Subway all meet).











    __________________________________________

    Yesterday we spent part of the day underground in Rome. Both places we visited; San Clemente and The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian, had at least two tiers and dated back to the 1st century A.D.

    No pictures were allowed but I was able to get a few at each site.

    San Clemente






    Catacombs of Saint Sebastian






    The start of Appian Way.


  10. #60
    Guest Member S Landreth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    left of center
    Posts
    7,782

    Back in Thailand for a very short stopover and I have to say we enjoyed Italy and we are looking forward to getting back.

    The last full day in Rome I spent; some of it, cycling along the Tiber River. It was a nice way to spend part of a beautiful day.














    Couple of fishermen




    As you can tell from the limb perched up on the pier, you can't use this route year-round


    About our last hotel stay at the Babuino 181,.it's a nice small hotel located in a great spot. Below are just a few shots.








    I have to say, I didn't have a bad meal while in Italy (but the girlfriend did tell me, not every Italian can make a pizza after eating a bad piece in Rome). One of our favorite restaurants while in Rome was the Dilla: https://www.facebook.com/ristorantedilla




  11. #61
    Band
    oldgit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Last Online
    06-11-2015 @ 07:31 PM
    Location
    Worthing/Doi Saket
    Posts
    1,170
    Did the girl friend get her bottom pinched while in Italy? the Italians are well known bottom pinchers.

  12. #62
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Online
    09-06-2014 @ 08:27 PM
    Posts
    2
    Thank you for the beautiful reportage, from Italian I would like to sincerely ask you ... what do you think of Italy ..... strengths and weaknesses. thanks

Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •