Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mediterranean Cruise (Part 3)

 Hello! Are you ready to continue traveling with me? We are in part 3 of my Mediterranean cruise! And yes, all roads lead to...yup, you guessed it! Rome!
 And today's post is all about Rome and the Colosseum.
 These are the photos that were taken just outside the Colosseum.
 We arrived in Rome on Dec. 27, 2012. Christmas was just over. Rome, the Eternal City, is just as glorious and chaotic as it ever was! We had only ONE day to see the sights....it was hardly enough, but at least I got a taste of Rome!
 After an hour and half bus ride from our Port of Call (Civitavecchia, known as Port of Rome), we reached our first stop! The Colosseum, or the Coliseum, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, built of concrete and stone. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

It was amazing at first sight...there it is! 
(photo credit: Dr. John)
 Our Italian tour guide (see the following photo-top middle) did a detailed introduction to this amazing structure. And being in Rome, we were surrounded by crowds and crowds of tourists. I was particularity vigilant with my purse as Rome is also notorious for pick-pocketing! The street vendors often play some silly tricks to catch your attention and then take your wallet in the mean time....I actually saw MANY suspicious street people "in action". However, must do what the Roman tourists do--Stay calm and tour on.
 Once we got inside, we saw these.
 Display of the structural pieces
  The steps to the upper level were big and steep....I felt that that I was in the Romans' footsteps, so to speak.
Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. I must say that the Romans already know what Reality Show is all about even way back then....

 If interested, here are some film clips:
Gladiator (movie by Russel Crowe--2:43 min) 
History of the Roman Colosseum ( from History channel--9:45 min) 
 Gladiator's Story (from BBC--50 min)
 The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era.
 It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.
Oh....no!!!! It looks like my Alexia was all caged up and prepared to face the Gladiator!!! Thankfully the Lu family came to the rescue! It was VERY hard to get this photo of our family because tourists were everywhere!
 After a few more photos and walking-about, we were bused off to an Italian lunch! Love the pasta, veal, spinach and Panna Cotta with chocolate sauce! 
  After this scrumptious meal with some Italian vino, we were off to....
 (photo credit: Stephanie Lu)
Stato della Città del Vaticano (Vatican City)! My next travel post is coming up on Sunday!
Ciao! 

23 comments:

Laura B. said...

Ohhh how I love Rome! Your photos are spectacular! The food looks to die for! Thanks for sharing these memories.

Vic Lau said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures and taking us on a tour to Rome :)

Barb said...

Awesome photos, Virginia! LOVED today's tour and can't wait for Sunday! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing trip with us! :)

Dawn Turley said...

This brings back so many memories Virginia. Rome is one of my favourite places and all these photos are just awesome. Thanks for sharing

aaga said...

Thanks for sharing these photos, Virginia! Loved every piece of it!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Wow! Great pics! Looks fantastic!

lenny said...

Cool pics!!
I visited Rome last Summer! Loved it!!
Lots and lots of people during the Summer holidays!! It looks rather calm on your pictures!! :)
PS: love your travel stories!!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Aww Virginia, thanks for sharing! Your pictures are spectacular. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time with your lovely family.

Gilda said...

Beautiful pictures. Yes you're right, one day is certainly not enough in Rome. You'll just have to go back some time and see everything else!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful pictures! I love your travel recap posts!

BabyBokChoy said...

Your travel photos are always and absolutely stunning! You take us there through your narration!

Sheila H said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, Virginia. Your stories are such fun also.

Laura Jane said...

POOR ALEX! Thanks for sharing:)

Ivanka said...

Love your pictures and decriptions Virginia! And I love Rome!! We were in Italy last March break with my daughter's soccer team and had 3 days in Rome and it was still not enough time. I loved the Colisseum, we had an amazing tour guide! The Vatican was amazing as well, can't wait to see it through your eyes! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us!

alexandra s.m. said...

Fantastic post and amazing pictures...wow!
Amazing what a little sunshine can do hey?!
Thank You for sharing them, Thank You for taking Alexia with you and making the funniest pictures with her ;-)


I can't wait 'till Sunday!

Greta said...

These are just magical, Virginia! Makes it seem so real even though I've not been there. Thanks for sharing!

Alice Wertz said...

gorgeous photos. such a pretty city and with yummy food what's better than that? =) Thanks so much for the photos!

Melissa Shea said...

gorgeous! that must have been a little surreal to stand in a place with such history! Thanks for sharing and your whole family is just rockin' the photos!

Wida said...

I cannot get over how gorgeous the photos are, I can really see the depth of everything and it feels like I am right there which I wish I was seeing those dessert plates ;))

Rose said...

what an awesome place to visit :)

so glad you recused Alexia :)

Kelly Griglione said...

What great timing, we JUST finished watching the season opener for Spartacus! Like, an hour ago. So I'm totally in the Rome frame of mind. So interesting to see the "basement" of the Colosseum. You must have been in awe. Once again, thanks for posting these great photos!

Theresa said...

Once again, FANTASTIC photos!!! The photographical (if that's a real word!) talents of your family are really spectacular. And your commentaries on the pictures are perfect!

Suzanne said...

Our trip started and ended in Rome...and we stayed in Rome for a few days before getting on a ship. Our "bed and breakfast" turned out to be someone's apartment...it was like something out of a movie. But the location was awesome!

Did you see the cat living in the Coliseum?