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Arrivederci Italy (eataly), hola Spain

By on September 17, 2016

Been in Rome for 4 nights and 3 full days. It is nearly impossible to not just write about the food. Seriously.

Also, it’s shocking to report that we are already past the two week point! Tomorrow we head to Spain and join a tour for a week through Spain and then a week in Morocco.

Vatican City

Our first day in Rome was actually spent in another country, Vatican City. We decided to do up the religious stuff all in one day and pack it in. So we hit St Peters Basilica and climbed the dome for excellent views. Then we toured the church. The views from the top were breathtaking and the church was ridiculous opulent.

Confessional. Luckily I have nothing to confess so I didn't have to use it ?

Confessional. Luckily I have nothing to confess so I didn’t have to use it ?

We also toured the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Tonsssss of old things to look at in this museum. You know who was very excited to see it all.

Tom is always busy photographing the sights. I thought I'd take a pic of him to show him what he looks like.

Tom is always busy photographing the sights. I thought I’d take a pic of him to show him what he looks like.

Napoli and Pompeii

Yesterday, on our way to Pompeii, we went through Naples or Napoli.

Turns out Naples is the birthplace of Neapolitan pizza and also coincidentally rumoured to be the birthplace of the mafia. It was noon and pizza was desired so we hit a place walking distance from the train.

Go figure, we picked the pizza place that serves excellent pizza and is most likely also run by the mafia. (Disclaimer, we don’t know this for sure and if the mafia or the police is reading this, we know nothing)

We thought we would just share a pizza as they looked huge. This was greeted with a snort of disgust. All of a sudden, we were nervous. The macho guys in the white t shirts didnt appear to be your typical restaurant staff. And no one else in the place ever shared a pizza (I paid close attention after ordering)

You have to cut it yourself like a savage.

You have to cut it yourself like a savage.

They all wore the same white t shirt, no ‘waiter’ was under 40 and they all looked like they should have been doing something else. But they were excellent at cooking pizza.

I was so scared taking this picture. Do you think he saw me? I shouldn't have done it. I'm sorry Don Paulo.

I was so scared taking this picture. Do you think he saw me? I shouldn’t have done it. I’m sorry Don Paulo.

Anyway, back to Pompeii. This is the city that was buried when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. It was first discovered in about 1500 and everything was preserved. So now it’s a major archeological site, 2000 years later.

Some people traveling with me find this to be very interesting. And it is, of course!

Those raised rocks were the crosswalk in 2BC. I renamed them CrossRocks.

Those raised rocks were the crosswalk in 2BC. I renamed them CrossRocks.

There was a brothel. It had beds made of rock and paintings on the wall. The paintings are how the men ordered up their desired service. It’s shocking that 2000 years later that these paintings are preserved and even more shocking that the moves are pretty similar to something one might see today in a magazine kept behind the counter at the 7-11.

I better not start seeing drawings around the house that resemble this.

I better not start seeing drawings around the house that resemble this.

other Old Stuff

Today was busy in old Rome day. There were so many people! We hit the Coleseum, the Trevi fountain and checked out a couple other old things in old town.

This place could be very nice to hang out if there were 4999 less people there.

This place could be very nice to hang out if there were 4999 less people there.

Tom has started talking a lot like an Italian, just not with the Italian words. We had our final dinner in Italy tonight and this is a re enactment pic of him talking to the waitress.

I believe his exact words were "bellisimo" or "magnifico"

I believe his exact words were “bellisimo” or “magnifico”

Cant believe we are heading out for the back part of this trip. I think I heard something about tapas and sangria in Spain-maybe Morocco is bad at food and booze and I can get back on track.

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3 Comments
  1. Reply

    Annette

    September 17, 2016

    Lol about the mafia and you guys not knowing anything! And my god does that pizza look amazing!

  2. Reply

    Jodie

    September 18, 2016

    If he starts saying “eye” talian, he is as cool as Keith. Kill me when we go in a year.

  3. Reply

    Mom

    September 19, 2016

    Well you certainly did Italy up right! Glad you still have your phone after taking that picture. Thanks for the entertaining read (again).

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