Day 5 Rome

Went to the Vatican today. The museum was packed and when we arrived we were told that the Sistine chapel was going to close at 3. Since it was 230, we rushed to see it. Unfortunately there were crowds of people waiting. By the time we got there, it was closed. We did get to see a lot of great art along the way.

After the museum, we went to st. Peters basilica. We were able to see michaelangelo’s pieta.

We went to the travestere district for dinner. It was reasonably priced. About 40 bucks total. The pasta was great!

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Day 4 Rome

This was the big day to see the colosseum. We relaxed in the apartment and had cappuccinos in the morning. We decided to go late afternoon when there were fewer crowds. The Colosseum was definitely amazing.

At night we went to adventure around the main station to look for Chinatown. There were a couple of Chinese restaurants but it was a disappointment.

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Day 4 Rome

This was the big day to see the colosseum. We relaxed in the apartment and had cappuccinos in the morning. We decided to go late afternoon when there were fewer crowds. The Colosseum was definitely amazing.

At night we went to adventure around the main station to look for Chinatown. There were a couple of Chinese restaurants but it was a disappointment.

Day 3 Rome

This was the big day to see the 3 major sites: Palantine Hill, The Forum, and The Colosseum. We arrived via metro and it was jam packed. Once we exited the station, we could see the giant colosseum from the outside. It was much later than I expected.

We hurried into line at the Palantine Hill because we could get in faster. Each ticket gets you into all 3 sites. It was another day of walking a lot. The hill connected to the Forum. We saw a lot of nice things there but we didn’t even know we were in the forum.

We decided to do the colosseum the next day because the combo ticket is for 2 days plus it was too hot. We found a nice place for lunch and had pasta again.

At night we just relaxed and went to the supermarket.

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Day 2 Rome

We arrived to rome airport where our driver met us and drove us to our apartment that i booked through airbnb.com. I had booked the driver through a groundlink promotion a while back for only 10 dollars. When we arrived to our apartment we were excited that it looked so nice.

After settling in, we had pizza nearby. Italian pizza is mostly thin crust an they cut it and sell it to you by weight. It cost about 5 usd for both of us.

We then took the metro into town to the Spanish Steps. We walked in the blistering sun Trevi fountain and threw a coin in. It was nice to see the real thing but I felt like I was in Vegas or some reason. We then walked to the pantheon and I bought a nice coffee ice slushy. Afterwards, we walked to piazza novella and then to campo de fiore. We finished with our first scoop of delicious gelato. It was a long day of walking in the 90 plus degrees sun.

At night we ate at a restaurant nearby called Pinco Pallino where jamie had spaghetti with basil and I had spaghetti with some kind of bacon. It was pretty good and only about 25 usd. It was a long day but we saw many things. The sights were amazing but at times it ha a Disneyland kind of feel where there are so many tourists and lines.

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Day 1 Dusseldorf Germany

After our flight we checked into the Sheraton airport hotel booked using 4000 points and cash. We then took the s-banh train into town. The main station seemed crowded but after we started walking downtown it seemed sort of like a ghost town because most shops close on Sundays.

Once we got to old town Altstadt, it was filled with bars everywhere. We weren’t hungry so I had a bratwurst and Jamie had a pretzel. They were decent. We checked out the town and headed back and got lost a couple times. We did not know there was an underground subway and an above ground train. Once we got back we knocked out and hopped onto the plane to Rome at 915.

Our flight was uneventful but we were able to use the Hugo Junkers lounge due to my priority pass lounge access. There wasn’t too much there besides yogurt, drinks, and beer. To be continued.

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