Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March 1st in Rome

The tour bus picked us up this morning and drove us through the city and to the Collusium. We toured the Collusium then walked over to the Bascilica, the Forum, and the main square. It was hard to believe we were walking on roads over 2000 years old where chariots rode, gladiators fought and Christians were persecuted. I actually have a picture of my foot on the stone road.

Following that tour, John led us to an area to pick a place for lunch. More pizza and pasta and bread for a great price. Then we walked over to the Pantheon which was beyond gorgeous! Then on to the Piazza Navona where the artists sell their work. Absolutely beautiful paintings, waterspouts, and charcoals. Then what had been a drizzle all day became a major rain and though some chose to go on to other sights, several of us decided to go back to the hotel. We walked forever to the metro station in the freezing cold rain. I wasn't sure we were going to make it but we did. We still had a ways to walk to the hotel after we got to the closest metro station to our hotel and it was still raining so our group decided to stop at McDonalds and eat. It was nice to get out of the weather and eat some warm comfort food. It was still a light rain that followed us on to our hotel but we were soon inside and in warm, dry clothes and extremely proud of our perseverance today! Now it is time for bed!

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