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In March of 2005, we took a 1 week trip through Italy during Kendra's spring break. Felicia,
Kendra, Susie, Larry, myself and Felicia's mother Lily flew into Rome through the UK. We
took a tour with Trafalgar Tours. Our tour group had about 25 people on a nice new bus that
holds 50 people. We all had a lot of room and Kendra could sleep on the rear seat. At 6,
she was the only kid on the trip and soon had plenty of babysitters.
The week went really fast, here is the quick itinerary: Rome for 2 days, drive north through
Tuscany stopping at Sienna and Pisa, Florence for 2 days, Venice for a day and then long
trip back to Rome. Last night in Rome and then fly back to Dallas through Zurich.
We flew into Rome and met up with our tour director
from Trafalgar. His name was Paulo. Our bus drivers
name was Paulo and so was the Rome city tour guide.
Anyway, it was easy to remember names.
Stayed in Rome our first 2 days and saw the Vatican,
St. Peters Square, the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain,
some catacombs, shops, etc.
Felicia and me at the Vatican.
You can see St. Peters Square
behind me. A few weeks after
we were in Rome, Pope John
Paul II died and we saw all of
this again on TV.
Susie and Larry are wined out and looking
pretty mellow. Our tour guide said that we
could drink as much Italian wine as we wanted
and never get a headache. Larry and I tried
hard every night, consuming a lot of bottles,
and never got a headache. This picture was
on our first night in Rome.
Lily and Kendra outside of the Vatican.
We did a lot of hiking and sometimes
these two girls got a little tired, but they
always kept up.
Our tour director from Trafalgar was Paolo. He was
from Sicily. He spoke very good English and was very
patient with us all. He was especially good with Kendra,
getting her something to eat that 6 year olds like.
We toured the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.
No they did not let me take a picture in there, I
copied this out of a book. Just wanted to say that
all of the art, tapestries and sculptures were amazing!
Looking out of our hotel in Rome. Rome is a very
crowded city, driving there is not for amateurs. Many
of the roads were built 2000 years ago. One of those
buses is our Trafalgar bus. Don't be late for the bus,
they will leave you behind.
Don't take my wine. The best nights
were when the wine was included for
free with the dinner.
Felicia, Larry and Lily looking over
St. Peters Square. It is so big and
busy it leaves you speechless. So
much history has happened in Rome.
Susie and Kendra on one of the
many columns around St. Peters
Felicia in front of the Roman
Italy Trip March 2005 - Page 1