Saturday, January 18, 2014
My daughter came for a visit right after Christmas, for 10 days. She is now speaking to me again, lol. There was a 6 week period where she wasn't because I was the cause of all the problems in her life...hard to make friends at the new school, problems with her dad, etc. She is 15 and therefore not amenable to reason.
In any case I am mostly forgiven now. We spent a few days doing nothing a"home" here in France and on New Year's Eve flew to Rome to start our vacation.
Yes, I got to party in the streets of Rome on New Year's Eve! Living in Europe does have a few advantages lol :
Piazza del Popolo (famous party area for NYE)
Colosseum ("decorated" for NYE)
On New Year's Day everything is basically closed so we just walked around a lot to see the main sites :
St. Peter's Square & Basilica
Live Nativity play
Pantheon front & back
Palatine Hill :
Circus Maximus :
On the 2nd we had...Gladiator Training! I found it through Viator, as one of the "insiders'" top 10 things to do. It is a 2 hour class on Gladiators. First you get the welcome & see a typical training arena, then spend some time in the small museum learning a brief history of Rome pertaining to the gladiators. We got to try on some gladiator helmets and handle the different weapons. Then we went back outside to don our tunics and learn how to fight with wooden swords.
At the end there was the "Those Who Are About To Die Salute You!" gladiator fights to crown the champion (I won!). Of course there were only the 2 of us and I had the "Mom" intimidation factor on my side but I still kicked major gluteus maximus if I do say so myself