Tag: Rome

Florence, As We Love It

Florence, according to Italian, is a small city.   A cab driver told us, like 2km radius.  So one could from one point to the other. We did not walk that much, mainly due to the rain.  But we did walk from the train station to the main attraction.  We reached Cathedral of Santa Maria […]

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Basilica, after watching Angels and Demons

I have watched the Angels and Demons, a movie adaptation by Dan Brown, whom our family, majority not a fan.  We read because it is entertaining, but I must say Mr. Brown is very creative and imaginative.  You can not be a writer who makes money without having both. So when we arrived at the […]

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Castel Sant’Angelo, Now a Museum

Taken from Castel Sant’Angelo’s official website:- Built around 123 AD as a tomb for Emperor Hadrian and his family, Castel Sant’Angelo has an unusual destiny in the historical and artistic capital of the scene. While all the other Roman monuments are overwhelmed, reduced to ruins or quarries to be recycled into new materials counting, modern […]

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The Pope Blessing on Vatican City

Sunday in Rome, the best place to be, other than on bed, is the St Peter’s Square of which at 12noon, Pope Francis will bless the crowd. You need to understand Italian and Latin to enjoy the full blessing.  Or, turn on the Google Translate with the voice recording to the effect. Just like the […]

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Vatican City, An Overview

According to Vatican City official website, Vatican City State was founded following the signing of the Lateran Pacts between the Holy See and Italy on February 11th 1929. These were ratified on June 7th 1929. Its nature as a sovereign State distinct from the Holy See is universally recognized under international law. In this tiny and world’s smallest state, it […]

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High Speed Train in Rome, To Many Places, Including Outside of Italy.

We made arrangement to attend the Pope Audience on Wednesday, so we decided to leave Rome on Tuesday to head out to Florence, or famously known as Fiorenze in Italian. The ride was 80 Euro per pax for return ticket.  We did not plan to stay in Florence, so we went on a day trip, […]

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Driving in Rome, Graduated If You Still Alive.

The Rome trip has been fruitful and great. The Tan-Vijayans really enjoyed themselves, so do we, Retna and I. We took a flight from KLIA, and then transited in Dubai, before reaching Rome, or the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport.  The whole journey – about 14 hours of flight time.  We were lucky to have a […]

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