Miscellaneous Rome

And lastly for Rome, a few shots that don’t fit into the other categories.

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The Spanish Steps

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Marcus Aurelius Pillar

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Elephant and Obelisk

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The Wedding Cake (or Typewriter or any of another half a dozen names)

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The Castel Saint Angeli and a couple of angels from the bridge approaching it.

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And lastly some interesting rooftops, taken from the Villa Borghese Grounds

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Next time will be moving onto the Vatican.

Fountains of Rome

As the title suggests ;p

This is the first Piazza we went to, Piazza del Popolo. Also where the Count of Monte Cristo and friends go to watch an execution.

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The fountain opposite the Pantheon

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Trevi fountain. It is indescribably huge and in a relatively tiny square. It’s amazing.

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This was near the Quirinale

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The Quattro Fontane

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The Moses Fountain.

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Fountain de Api

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Piazza Novana

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Including the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

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At the other end of the Piazza Novana

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Ancient Rome

Well, it’s been a while. Life has gotten away from me a little and between work and an increasing backlog of posts I basically gave up the idea of blogging. However I feel more balanced these days and would like to get back to it. I’m going to catch up on a couple of memories from the last couple of years, heavy on the photos probably, and see where we go from there.

The following are some of the pictures from our honeymoon. One of the days we spent doing the Ancient Rome trio of the Colosseum, The Forum and Palatine Hill. Other pictures are from the nearby Imperial Forum museum and Augustus Mausoleum.

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Chris and I had our first dinner in Rome in a lovely restraunt overlooking the Mauseleum. It felt very strange to sit and have dinner next to an ancient emporer’s tomb. Definitely a different experience!
I recommend the restraunt, Gusto, it was exquisite and one of the best meals we have ever had.

Augustus Mausoleum Chris and I had our first dinner in Rome in a lovely restraunt overlooking the Mauseleum. It felt very strange to sit and have dinner next to an ancient emporer's tomb. Definitely a different experience! I recommend the restraunt, Gusto, it was exquisite and one of the best meals we have ever had.

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Here start the pictures taken at the Colosseum. There were a lot more so I have just selected a few to share.

Here start the pictures taken at the Colosseum. There were a lot more so I have just selected a few to share.

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After the Colosseum we went to the Roman Forums and up Palatine Hill. It was an exhausting day but well worth it!

After the Colosseum we went to the Roman Forums and up Palatine Hill. It was an exhausting day but well worth it!

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Colosseum from Palatine Hill.

Colosseum from Palatine Hill.

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Vestal Virgins.

Vestal Virgins.

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A personal high point; the birth place of Romulus and Remus.

A personal high point; the birth place of Romulus and Remus.

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The last three pictures are from the Imperial Forum museum, well worth a visit.

The last three pictures are from the Imperial Forum museum, well worth a visit.

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And here is a representation of the other myth of the founding of Rome. Aeneas, carring his father and leading his son, fleeing Troy.

And here is a representation of the other myth of the founding of Rome. Aeneas, carring his father and leading his son, fleeing Troy.

Travel Agents

I spent a good deal of my day off in various travel agents around Manchester. Far more of my day off than I would originally have liked to be honest. It may have come to about 5 hours altogether. I finished my day off more tired then when I started! But my single-minded determination paid off and I did in fact book a honeymoon. I also discovered an important money saving tip.

Here it is:

If you are in town and don’t have to be anywhere for half an hour but really, really need a cup of tea then go to a travel agents! You get a free cuppa and you get to look at places where there is SUNSHINE (for British readers ‘Sunshine’ is that weather state where there are few or no clouds, I know, scary isn’t it?).

Ok so that was a little cheap of me but since I was genuinely shopping for a holiday I had no objection to having a cup of tea at each place I went to. Having had very little sugar for a week due to starting my Wedding ‘healthy eating’ (my mother-in-law to be said she never uses the word ‘diet’ it is simply healthy eating) I was feeling a little high after my 4th cup of sugary caffeine.

But onto the more important point of honeymooning. Now I am one of those women who has know various things about her wedding since the age of 10 and one of the things I decided long ago was that I wanted to go to Rome for my honeymoon. Fortunately it is also somewhere Chris really wants to go to so that wasn’t a hard sell :)!

Where in Rome became a bit of a problem though… unsurprisingly there are a lot of hotels in Rome. So I did some pricing online but thought I would try some travel agents to see how it compared to a package deal. As it turns out the package deal was much better because we got a couple of freebies/discounts in the end and I don’t have to arrive in Rome and try and work out their public transport straight away since they have arranged pick up for us.

However because there were so many hotels to choose from it was a bit overwhelming. Each travel agent works with different hotels so you can’t just go in and say ‘I want that one’ but they also each work with so many it would take all day to look at each and every one. So I had each travel agent price up and recommend a couple then went home and checked them out myself. I am really glad I did this since one place that looked really good on paper turned out to be pet friendly and have 4 dogs when I looked it up at home!

In the end we found a 4 star hotel in the centre of Rome for a very good price (as I said with discounts from the travel agents and a free room upgrade) and we also ended up being able to afford to go for an extra day just by going mid-week instead of straight after the wedding. Added bonus is that we will have some time to rest and empty the camera memory cards.

So the lesson here is (not just how to get free tea) to check out the travel agents. Even if it does work out cheaper to book each bit yourself it is really fun and they may give you some ideas. Also, if you are having a honeymoon tell EVERYONE! It gives you a chance to talk wedding a bit and they will try and get you upgrades and free stuff, great! It also meant that I spoke to a woman who’s daughter got married on the 29th of June last year, how funny.

After much thought and searching Chris and I went with the River Palace Hotel. Aside from having a cool name the location is great (my top priority) and the decor is classy but Italian (my second priority). The breakfast also looks pretty good which can’t hurt and it has 4.5 stars out of 5 after nearly 1000 reviews. I look forward to showing you pictures in July!

I also bought Chris’ wedding ring but that will be another post-wedding picture, I don’t want the guests to see it before the day!

Next weekend Dress fittings and flowers! It is very busy being a bride-to-be but I love it 🙂