In case you are just now joining this party, here is a little background..
My mother-in-law Mrs. Vivian is an AVID Coordinator at my old high school and was taking 11 students on an EF (Education First) Tour and since she had enough participants she got one free spot for a chaperon, therefore I got the chance of a life-time, a fully-paid trip to Italy & Paris including breakfasts and dinners and TONS of sight-seeing tours. We left April 8 and returned April 15.
Then the Sunday before my adventure, I managed to severely sprain my ankle resulting in me having to wear this contraption across the country.
We left April 8 from Raleigh at 11:10am and connected in Philadelphia to embark on an 8 hour flight to Rome, Italy. Since we flew overnight, we woke up the next morning in the clothes were wearing and immediately started our trip.
Our tour group included another group from around the Winston-Salem area and a group of people from Canada, since the Canadian group hadn't arrived at the airport yet we were allowed to enjoy some free time in Rome. We began our free-time exploration in the Piazza Navona where the Palazzo Pamphili, Fontana del Morro and Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi are located.
|Palazzo Pamphili (The Brazillian Embassy)|
|The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of Four Rivers)|
|one side of the Piazza|
|Fontana del Morro|
|The boot in the Piazza (yeah those cobble-stone and brick paved streets were REAL fun to walk on)|
|the Panethon is a temple that is built honoring all the Roman gods|
|bottom of the Fontana del Pantheon|
|some of the art inside the Pantheon|
|some of our travelers at lunch|
|me & mrs. vivian's room (and her backpack & luggage)|
You'll notice I didn't include a picture of the European toilet, that is because when I went to take that picture I was too distracted by THIS....
|that is not a vacuum ladies. that was our hair dryer, it had the air flow intensity of a light breeze. ridiculous.|
We went to dinner that night as a group, where I forgot to take any pictures. Tomorrow, I'll tell you about our tour of the Vatican City including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.