Sherlock + Doctor Who crossover
Sherlock + Doctor Who crossover
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After Asisi, we had to weekend free and we finally decided that it was time to check out Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. This area of the city is not very far from our apartment, we took the tram to the river and it is a short walk through the Circus Maximus to Palatine Hill. We waited in line for tickets and entrance to Palatine Hill for about forty minutes and once inside we were already hot and exhausted so we took a quick break before starting to explore. Palatine Hill is the location where Nero built his palace and had all his property. This was a very wealthy part of the city. Located slightly down the hill, the Roman Forum also sits on this site. This was a gathering place where people living inside the walls could socialize. There was a lot to see and frankly I am not sure what all of it was, just very old ruins.
After finding our way out of the forum, we were very hungry and decided that we should check out the McDonalds by the Spanish Steps that everyone raved about. This McDonalds was no ordinary McDonalds, this McDonalds had a McCafe with pastry and coffee bar. Then continuing the stairs to the back, there were about 15 registers. I ordered a big mac and fries, and it came with the drink and a commemorative Coca-Cola glass. This place was so big it took my friend and I about ten minutes to find where everyone else had sat down.
We filled up our bellies and it was now time to venture back down Via del Corso to explore the Colosseum. We posed for a few Fight On pictures out front before making our way into this iconic accent stadium. We were able to walk around the majority of the Colosseum on two different floors, there was also a small exhibit set up inside explaining the history with some pictures of Nero. The center of the Colosseum had no floor but had many walls that served as holding areas, rooms, and cages that were under the floor when the Colosseum was at its prime. Seeing the Colosseum in person was an amazing experience. It is one of those things you see all your life and think one day you will see it in person and get to take your own photos of it. I had similar experiences when I first climbed the Eiffel Tower and when I first prayed at the Western Wall, all places where I now have my own photos to look at rather than Googling an image. Wow!! It was soooo cool :)
And to continue the good times, we had dinner at the Ush and hit up Charro Cafe!
We had a day trip to Assisi on Friday. We took a long bus ride to see two churches so it seemed like a very long day. We first saw a church that was on the hill where most of Assisi was. This church had two levels, the lower level had very intricate frescos and multiple domes in the ceiling. The upper level was less flashy. We then had a break for lunch and were told to meet at an escalator that led down to a parking lot. We were not told this was a 25 minute walk though the city center up a hill in ninety degree weather. After finding the bus, we went to a church further from the city center where St. Francis first had his chapel. Later the larger church was built up around the original stone chapel and house. It is believed that St. Francis died between these two building that are now inside of a larger church.
Taking a nice nap on the way back to Rome, we were well rested and were looking forward to dinner at Charro Cafe (mexican!!). Rosa was wondering who should call the Mexican restaurant and then she remembered she spoke Spanish!
We had no idea what was in store for us at Charro cafe. We sat down for our meal and ordered (buffalo wings and guacamole for appetizer and I got a vegetable burrito!). However, the unsuspecting americans were not prepared when all of a sudden the music was cranked up and the wait staff started dancing between the table. After their dance, the next song came on and everyone in the restaurant stood up on their chairs and started dancing too.
On the way back from southern Italy on Sunday, we stopped in Pompeii. We split into smaller groups and had tours of the ancient city. The city was very interesting and I was amazed how the archeologist ware able to get so much information about the people from what they found. I didn’t realize this was the city covered that volcanic ash buried the city in 5 meters of ash. When the city was rediscovered, cavities were found where people had died. These cavities were filled with plaster before being dug up and the last expression of the peoples faces were captured. On the tour of the city, we saw different remains of stores (some were fast food where the bar was set up facing the street and others where black smiths where the ovens were still intact) and different types of houses (the poor and the luxurious wealthy houses with multiple rooms and decorative tiles). The streets had sidewalks and occasionally there were large stones that connect the two sides, this was because the city streets were used as their sewage system. Also, track could be seen from where carts were drawn. The main attraction of Pompeii is the brothel. Prostitution was legal and very publicized in the city. Around the city, there were many penises that pointed the direction of the brothel. In the brothel, there were two floors and on the outside of each door there were different images of positions that men could choose when they went in, very descriptive and vivid :/
Returning home on Sunday, a group of us went to the festival by the river for Mexican food!
Weekend trip to Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii
Last weekend, we had a trip planned for the entire group. We woke up early to take a 4 hour bus ride to Sorrento to southern Italy in Naples right on the coast. The city sits on top of cliff overlooking the sea. When we arrived we checked into our 4 star hotel- Super nice!! And then we went to explore a little of the city and found some lunch. After eating we went shopping down on the main street where they have little shops that sell clothes, jewelry, souvenirs and lots of lemon products (shots of Lemonchello). Nellie and I bought hats :)
For dinner Friday night, we were walking to find a place and as we were walking by a small street I said lets eat there. The place was called Buffalita and it turns out this place had amazing food! We ended up ordering a huge spread of appetizers with a plate of buffalo cheeses, bread and tomatoes and olives. For dinner I had Buffalo Ragu and shared a cheese fondue with Jeff. This was a delicious meal and I am pretty sure I was still full from it the next day.
On Saturday, we took a ferry to Capri- a beautiful island only like 40 minutes away. When we first got there we went to the public beach (beach of rocks), we swam for a little and then took naps before lunch. After lunch we took a train to the top of the mountain which had an amazing view. The city at the top is super luxurious with many designer stores and fancy restaurants. We got gelato and walked around this area of the city for a while before running into some people from our group who wanted to take a boat ride.
We went back to the bottom and went to the dock where we found a boat that took thirteen of us on a tour of the island. This boat ride was defiantly one of the best parts of my stay in Italy. We got to see natural made grotto where the was purple, green and red coral. The boat driver got us really close to the rocks inside each grotto, an amazing feat for the size of our boat. We also saw all the cliffs and houses sitting up top, apparently one is where the owner of Audio lives. We drove through the “Tunnel of Love “which is where two huge rocks come out of the water and one has a tunnel through the middle. We also got to stop multiple times and jump off the boat to go swimming in the beautiful water.
Saturday night, some of the other people from our trip suggested a place by the port for dinner. We asked at the front desk and the guy set everything up for us, even transportation. We got some suv’s, Real World status, that took us down to the port. Well the restaurant we had a reservation at was not exactly the same as the one that was suggested to us. We ended up at a very fancy restaurant over looking the water, it actually wasn’t too expensive and very delicious. I had my favorite gnocchi and the experience was great!
Last Day in Athens
Sunday we found our way to Mt. Lycabettus. This mountain just sticks up in the middle of the city. We took a train at Tybeatus to the top and had an amazing view of all of Athens. You can see the water, the Acropolis and all the way around. It really put the city into a good perspective.
When we went back to the bottom, Nellie and I went shopping in a great market. There were many shops that sold clothes, hand-made leather sandals and souvenirs. Out of no where is started to thunderstorm!! Apparently it never rains in Athens, but decided to our last day when we wanted to go shopping in an outdoor market. But this was a good thing because we happened upon a small shop in the back ally where the dresses caught my eye. We walked in and found ourselves in a women’s studio where she makes all her own clothes. Nellie and I tried a bunch of clothes on and I bought a shirt and Nellie got a dress. She even put elastic in the dress for Nellie right there. Now we have one of a kind clothes from Yota in Athens. We also stumbled upon a Starbucks!! A quick and much need comfort of the States.
For lunch, I finally got a gyro!! So good!!! We then met up with the boys and found our way on the metro to the airport where we flew back to Rome.
So can you believe I had been in Rome for 5 weeks and had not seen the Colosseum. I know, crazy!! I saw it for the first time on the bus ride home from our trip this weekend. We drove by and then basically ended up at our apartments, who knew we lived so close. So yesterday, I went on a run to clear my mind before studying for my test. I was just going to run a loop to the river when I remembered how close the Colosseum was. I didn’t really know the way, just went off memory of how the bus drove by. But I found it!! So cool to have my first experience at this amazing stadium where gladiator fought and I just went on a run there. Sure beats the USC campus loop.
On a less happy note, I dropped my computer today in class and the screen broke :/ I now have cracks across it and half of it is not visible. I am not sure about editing photos and it is super annoying to have to research and write a paper this way.