Well, gang, here we are on the evening of day five, and we're completely exhausted. We've completed four days of sightseeing - 3 in Rome and one in Florence. Liz has been wearing her pedometer and we've walked approximately 30 miles in those past 4 days. Let me tell you, our dogs are barking very loudly.
Although we are tired, we're seeing some amazing things and are having lots of fun. We're determined to see as many museums and churches as we can, so we just walk as much as we can and give our legs a rest every once in a while.
Just a quick overview of what has happened so far: we got into Rome on Thursday morning, checked our bags at the train station, and spent a long, hot, sweaty day at the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Even though we know you're "not supposed to take a nap" the first day, we needed showers badly, so we checked in at the hotel, showered, took a quick nap, and headed back out for a stroll. The next day was Vatican City day, with trips to St. Peter's and the Vatican Museum, a night stroll, and some gelato. The last day in Rome started with an appointment at the Borghese Gallery, continued with lunch on the go and a run around the National Museum, and ended with a hike and a wait at the Pantheon and our first endeavor on the European rails. We had a lovely 1.5 hour train ride to Florence and checked in at our cute hotel (our room is right on the street so Liz and I didn't sleep much). We had an 8:30 appointment at the Accademia to see the David and some other cool things this morning, then we filled in with a stroll around, a good lunch, and some yummy gelato until our 2 pm appointment at the Uffizi Gallery. We proceeded to spend 3.5 hours there looking at the amazing masterpieces, then began a search for some dinner and fruit. We're now resting in the room, hoping that giving the tootsies more time to recoup will be beneficial.
There are soooooooo many Americans here - it's kind of nice to hear a familiar language every now and then and to be able to say, "They're having mass" to explain to someone why we can't get into the Pantheon, but mostly it's annoying. Tour groups, teenagers, and parents who let their kids run around and scream suck. :P
We miss you all, and will be posting more as we can!