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Rome 2011

My time living in the USA was coming to an end in September 2011. My employer was moving me to the Middle East for a few months to work on a massive science festival project. I decided that on the way to the UAE, I was going to try and arrange an extensive layover in one of my bucket list destinations. That way I could have some fun exploring a new city before I had to throw myself into the latest project. Having compared the prices, it turned out that going to Abu Dhabi via Rome was actually cheaper than flying there direct. So the decision was pretty much made for me. That’s how I got to spend a couple of days in the Italian capital, all paid for by someone else! And it wasn’t too long after this that my daughter was born and I chose to name her after the city of Rome. #ForzaItalia

Fiumicino, Italy
The coastal town of Fiumicino, Italy. Gateway to Roma.

As it happens I’d be flying on both the day before and the day after the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks in 2001. Which hadn’t occurred to me, and it was only afterwards I realised exactly why the airport staff in the UK and Italy, as well as the cabin crew, were being particularly chatty with me about where I was going and why. #FlyingWhileMuslim

Leonardo Express
The train that will take me to Rome arrives…
Leonardo Express
…and it’s named for Da Vinci! Going to Rome in STYLE! 🙂
Central Rome (Termini)
Central Rome (Termini). It’s tourist-tastic and you want to get away from it as quickly as possible!
Piazza del Colosseo
Piazza del Colosseo. I’d booked myself a hotel room overlooking the Colosseum.

The Colosseum

The Colosseum
The Colosseum
Horse drawn carriage outside the Colosseum
Horse drawn carriage outside the Colosseum.
Inside the Colosseum
Inside the Colosseum
The Colosseum
The Colosseum at sunset
The Colosseum at sunset.
The Colosseum at sunset
The Colosseum at sunset.
The Colosseum in the moonlight
The Colosseum in the moonlight.
The Colosseum in the moonlight
The Colosseum in the moonlight.
The Colosseum at night
The Colosseum at night.
The Colosseum at night.
The Colosseum at night.
The Colosseum at night.
The Colosseum at night.

The Antiquarium Forense

Antiquarium Forense
The Antiquarium Forense
Antiquarium Forense
Antiquarium Forense at night
Antiquarium Forense at night.
Antiquarium Forense at night
The GAY VILLAGE bus arrives at Antiquarium Forense.

The Arch of Constantine

Arco di Costantino
The Arch of Constantine (Arco di Costantino)
Arco di Costantino
The Arch of Constantine (Arco di Costantino)
Arco di Costantino
Arco di Costantino
Arco di Costantino
The Arch of Constantine (Arco di Costantino)
Arco di Costantino
Rome at midnight
Rome at midnight… empty!

The Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps

Vatican City

Walking to the Vatican…
Walking to the Vatican
Walking to the Vatican…
Swiss Guards
Swiss Guards… looking much less colourful than I was expecting.
St. Peter's Square, Vatican City
St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City
St. Peter's Square, Vatican City
Saint Peter's Basilica
Saint Peter’s Basilica
Saint Peter's Basilica
Saint Peter’s Basilica
Saint Peter's Basilica

Exploring Rome

Rome Metro
Rome Metro
Roman archaeology
Roman archaeology
Roman archaeology
Roman archaeology
River Tiber, Rome
River Tiber running through Rome.
St. Angel Castle
St. Angel Castle
St. Angel Castle
St. Angel Castle
St. Angel Castle
St. Angel Castle
Nuns, in Rome, Italy.
Nuns?!?! Reverse, reverse, reverse!!
Rome, Italy.
Rome, Italy.
Rome, Italy.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
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