Thursday, December 10, 2009

Honeymoon Part I – Arrive and explore Roma

On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, I married Kim Allen at Moonstone Beach. The wedding was perfect. The sun came out and there were lots of happy, smiling friends and family members in attendance.

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The next Wednesday we embarked on a three-week honeymoon in Italy. This is the first part of a lengthy series on this blog detailing our adventures.

We flew from Arcata to San Francisco, then to Chicago and on to Munich.

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In Munich I was "Shocked! Shocked! Shocked!" to discover that they put naked ladies on the front pages of newspapers.


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From Munich, we crossed the alps on our way to Rome.

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We were already sleep deprived from the wedding festivities, and extremely tired after a 20-hour trip. So we were really glad that a taxi driver met us at the airport. At first I wondered why he didn't put both our names on the sign. Then I remembered. Duh!

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When we arrived at the hotel, we discovered that Kim's parents had booked us the honeymoon suite. It was a sweet suite!

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We flung open the shutters and listened to the chaos which is Rome. We wanted to go explore, but we were so sleepy. Perhaps just a little nap was in order. We closed closed our eyes and immediately zonked out.

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When we woke up, it was dark outside. I snapped photos from the window. We rubbed our eyes and went outside.

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We walked down the street and admired the colosseum at night. This 2,000-year-old entertainment complex is where gladiator battles were held and Christians were fed to lions.

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Nearby there were lots of neat things to look at, like the Arco di Costantino from the 4th Century AD.

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Everything seemed so foreign and exotic, even the streets. Were returned to the hotel to get a good night's rest so we could see even more the next day.

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I call this our "rookie photo" because the fact that it was even taken shows how naive we were about Rome. I saw this building and thought it was so interesting that I made Kim take my photo in front of it. After a day or two, I realized that this building didn't compare at all to the other architectural marvels, most of which aren't included in any guidebooks.

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We walked down to Trajan's Forum, above. Pretty amazing stuff. In the middle is Trajan's column from AD 113. It has intricately carved reliefs from bottom to top depicting a battle.

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We then paid to get into the Roman Forum.

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Here I am thinking really deep thoughts.

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I did battle with some gladiators. The hard part came after the photos were taken and it was time to negotiate the fee.

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We stopped often to smooch.

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When we got hungry, we purchased roasted chestnuts from a street vendor.

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We checked out the colosseum. Here's my wife!

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Here's my wife on a different day with a fancy hat.

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The inside of the colosseum was extremely interesting. This was a sophisticated, albeit brutal, operation.

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Later we checked out this monument, which was described in one of the guidebooks as Roman architecture on steroids. (Note: Photo above was taken in the evening on a different day.)

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The statues were huge.

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We checked out a nearby protest.

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Later that night we celebrated a wonderful start to our marriage.



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Before going to sleep, I heard a familiar song from The Godfather. I looked out the window and heard this guy performing.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer Savage said...

Jack! Fabulous! I'm so happy for you and Kim. Thanks for bringing us along on your honeymoon.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Love it!

9:43 PM  
Blogger Indie said...

This is wonderful!

The photos are so beautiful. I love the one of the night streets and the one of the wall of windows and shutters.

I'm so glad you had a great time!!!!

11:10 AM  

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