AUSTRALIA DAY ABROAD // Rome, Italy

As well as waking up early in order to fight the crowds at the Colosseum, Chris and I also had hopes of catching the final songs of the Hottest 100. However, it turns out the countdown runs for far longer than we anticipated, so we ended up giving up after a few songs in order to make the most of our time in Rome! Admittedly it did bring a pang of homesickness to my heart seeing everyone quaffing beer and blasting Triple J on facebook. Oh, Australia.

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Even though we were a bit later than the 8:30am opening time, we still managed to get into the Colosseum without waiting. It truly is a magnificent structure, and such a feat for its time.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Our ticket to the Colosseum also gave us access to the Roman Forum, which are the ruins of the old city centre just over the road. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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It was amazing seeing so much history preserved in a buzzing city. I can’t imagine the amount of maintenance that must go into these places. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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After a couple of hours we had our historical ruin desires met, and continued on for a bit more walking before settling down somewhere for lunch.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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It was such a splendid day. Still not overly warm, but the sun was shining nonetheless. After lunch we walked over to the Vatican City, intending to check out the basilica. However, the line to get in was absolutely ludicrous (like, we would have been waiting an hour or something). So we made do with wandering around the square in the sun for a little while.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We intended to find a park in the afternoon, but subsequently had no luck in finding it. It was lovely to merely wander around the streets anyway. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Research informed us of a Scottish pub hosting a little Aussie shindig, so we headed there in the late afternoon. They had Fosters – apparently Australia’s number one beer, despite the fact no one drinks it – and vegemite sandwiches. There was basically no one there, but it was fun to have a few drinks and watch the Australian Open on tv.

Hope you all had a fabulous – and warm – Australia Day back in Aus!

– Reanna.

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