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The Vatican October 29, 2008

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St. Peter's

St. Peter's

One of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life is St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.  I could tell you a million things about it but what I’m most impressed with is the scale in which it was built.  When you are inside, everything is proportioned so well that it doesn’t feel like it is nearly as big as it is.  It is enormous.  There is not another Catholic cathedral in the world that could not be contained within St. Peter’s walls.

When in Rome, don’t miss this.  It is right up there with the Colosseum and Forum.

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Lack of Pictures October 20, 2008

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I know I have promised pictures but I forgot my cord so I do apologize and will do it when I get home.

However, things are good here.  We have been in Rome all weekend and are heading to Florence tomorrow.  Germany was very nice….rainy and brisk like fall should be.  I would definitely like to go back and have the chance to see more.  We have seen everything possible in Rome….and I am tired.  Ready for a break.

Food has been pretty tasty.  Though Tonys was not as good as I remembered it …. that was very sad.

Europe Countdown – 17 More Days September 26, 2008

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The trip is nearing!  I’m getting excited to leave and take the first real vacation I’ve had in almost two years.  (By real, I mean zero contact with work)  The problem with traveling is that it isn’t really a vacation.  It’s a lot of work.  A lot of fun but, traveling and vacation are two different things.

Here are the plans so far:

October 13: Fly from SLC to Paris to Frankfurt – train to Heidelberg

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

In Germany we will be staying in Heidelberg with S & A.  The plans there are to spend time in Heidelberg seeing castles, eating schnitzel, and exploring.  Hopefully some unnamed people have done some restaurant scouting by the time we arrive.  There isn’t enough time to waste with bad restaurants after all.  We are planning on going to Triburg to see the clocks and explore there.  I’d like to go to Stuttgart and see the Mercedes-Benz factory and museum if there is any leftover time.  And a little bit of Frankfurt on the way out.  There is a street there called ‘pig-out alley’ and if you know me, that was an instant draw.

St. Peter's

St. Peter

From Frankfurt, we will all be flying down to Rome for the weekend to meet D and one of my aunts.  I am excited for Rome especially because I am determined not to be sick while I am there this time.  I want to eat at Tony’s for every meal.  If you are ever in Rome, you MUST eat at Tony’s.  They have the BEST lasagna in the entire world.  I know that is a leap since I haven’t tried every lasagna in the world but I am confident that I don’t need to since this is so amazingly delicious.  We are going to go to the big church (The Vatican) which is something that everyone should see.  Last time I was there I touched St. Peter’s foot for good luck.  I think I’m going to have to try the other foot this time.  Maybe both because I could use some good luck. And the Colosseum and the Forum.  And maybe a bike ride on the oldest road in the world.  We may go to Herculaneum as well.  Last time I was in Italy, we went to Pompeii.  It was interesting but I was very sick and so the heat from the volcane definitely didn’t make me feel very good.  Needless to say, it wasn’t one of my favorite places.  However I’m willing to give it another try.  Herculaneum is the side of Mt. Vesuvius that was buried in lava and Pompeii was covered in ash when the volcano erupted.  Because of the lava, everything was preserved as it was when the volcano erupted…even some of the people running away are frozen in time.

Michaelangelo's David

Then up north to Florence where D lives.  Florence is home to one of my many favorite things in Italy: The David.  It is pretty amazing.  This time

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

I’m definitely going to climb the Duomo.  And I want to eat at the restuarant that has the spicy spaghetti and lots of fruit tarts for breakfast.  Otherwise everything is up in the air.  Maybe a cooking class?  Maybe a boat tour of Cinque Terre.  I’ve never been to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower so maybe there too.  A little spontaneity while up further north.

And then home on October 27 – Pisa to JFK to SLC – back to the reality of work….I’ll be sure to post lots of my own pictures when I get home.