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Tuesday 28 Aug
Rome, Italy

August Bank Holiday

Yay for public holidays and long weekends! We spent this one in Rome. I've decided that Rome is a city brought to you by the word BIG. The easiest way to describe the place is big, and I don't really mean the city itself, just everything about it. Think of every descriptive word associated with big, and that's what it is. Things are impressive, imposing, important, immense, amazing, old, really old, mind-bogglingly old, and big.

We saw so much, and were continually impressed. Everywhere you turn there is something amazing. I still can't get my head around feats like the Colosseum. Built in 72 AD, and mostly still intact - save for damage caused by an earthquake in the 1300's. A massive stadium, similar in some design respects to the cake tin in Wellington. Do you think the cake tin will still be standing in the year 3942???

The Pantheon is also intriguing. A massive domed church, with a 30ft hole in the centre of the dome. We would normally expect something holding up the centre of a dome, but this just has a massive hole! Also dating from about 125 AD, it is just mind-boggling.

Of course we also went to Vatican City and saw St Peter's basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Amazing.

The weather was sooo hot. 40 degrees on Saturday! A bit of a mission to get around a big city in that heat! Plenty of good pasta and gelato to eat and good coffee to drink so we had plenty of breaks! Carolyn & Glenn joined us on Saturday night so that was cool. They're off to explore more of Italy this week so we will have to follow in their footsteps later on sometime!

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