Ole Flat Hippies Do Italy

The Church Palace was a lot of fun. The food was good and the drink was better. We rode a lion and took a selfie in front of artwork called selfie.  The bed was nice too.

 

These people that brought us along with them are really cool.  They took us everywhere.  We got to go to the Vatican Museum.

We had some great pasta for dinner.

We went to the forum which was very old.  We met a seagull with her two babies. We checked out a well too.

We hung out with the Ron

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Then we headed to the colosseum.  They said many animals, slaves and Christians were killed there.  I wonder what would happen to flat people like us.

 

We met some new friends when our carrying friends stopped for lunch.

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We went to a concert at a Refuge camp.

 

We got to go out to lunch the next day.

Then we got to go to St Peter’s Basilica with the choir.

 

We next stayed in Montecatini and got to eat breakfast out in the garden.

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There was even a huge lemon tree.

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We then visited with John for a little bit.

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We found a really cool phone.

The drinks all through Italy were great.  We tried many different things.

 

We had tons of different pastas.

 

We had a lot of white meat but we did have some fish that was very good.

 

The dessert were out of this world.

 

We rode on a gondola, saw many rivers, were put in prison, the bridges were cool and sang many times with the chorus.

 

Italy was really fun.  We met many new friends and saw many new things.  The people  who took us with them were great.  They never left us behind or stuck us in a bag where we could not see.  They fed us good food and drink.  I am glad they have decided to take us with them everywhere.

Take Care,

The Flat Ole Hippies

 

 

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The Search for the Borsalino

The only thing that David ask for in Italy was a Borsalino hat.  He had a used one years ago and had always wanted to get another one.  He started asking in Rome and no one knew where to get one.  Then our guide said he thought he could get it in Florence. In Florence David kept asking people and no one knew.  We then went on a tour with our local guide. After the tour David ask our guide.  She took him to the side and said down that road a few blocks and it is on the left.  We thought we had finally found it, but when we got there it was closed on Sunday.  David got a picture of the store and that was it.  In Padua while we were on our walking tour we walked past a hat store.  After the tour we had a coffee and then headed to the hat store.  When we got there the shutters were pulled down and the door was locked.  The owner was still in the store.  He came to the door and told us he would open again at 3.  David told him our bus was leaving before then and that he really wanted to buy a Borsalino.  The owner let us in and helped David pick the right hat.  The owner handled the hat with love. He told David how to take care of it.  He was so nice.  So David walked out with the hat on his head.

I even got a picture of him with his Borsalino and his short green shorts.

 

Anchorage Concert Chorus Sings at St Peter’s Basillica

DSC_0927I am having a terrible time with the internet in Italy.  I can’t seem to get an photos uploaded.  That is why I am not posting every day.

What an honor it was for a chorus from Alaska to get to sing during mass at the Basillica.  They sounded so wonderful.

I got to sit in the front pew because I was Catholic.  If you weren’t you had to go sit in the chairs in the back as a visitor.  I can’t believe that I have now actually received communion at St Peter’s Basillica.

 

 

Colosseum

 

After leaving the forum we went for a tour of the Colosseum.  The seating wouldn’t have worked very well today because the ground floor was for royal and government.  The next floor was for the men and the very top is where the slaves and women were allowed to sit.

There were holes all over in Colosseum and David asked where they came from.  He was told people had stolen  the rebar out of the building.  Until the time that the Pope came and put a cross up in the colosseum because of the Christians being killed it was not a religious place.  After that time the church and other organizations started saving it.  We were told that they believe now that the killing of Christians took place at the Circus Maximus.

Enjoy our photos

Vatican Museum

Today we left the hotel around 8 and headed to the Vatican.  Where we went to the museum which is actually like 11 or more museums.  We didn’t do all of them because of the time.  It would have taken days. We went into the Sistine Chapel but you cannot take pictures there.  It was amazing.  We then went to St Peter’s where the Concert Chorus will be singing in on Saturday.  The place was packed.  David and I just had to get out.  I figured while they are rehearsing and doing their sound check I can take photos then.  After that we had a short time to go to the restroom or to the shop before we left for the town center.  We had a meeting place and when we started walking to the bus winding this way and that way. Then down to underground parking we notice that our friends were not on the bus.  Their was actually 5 people not on the bus and one of them was one of the camera crew who was doing a documentary on our trip.  We kept telling the tour guide people were missing.  They tried to find them but said they had to get moving.  When we were almost where we were going Roland got a phone call.  They trying to get a taxi and wanted to know where to meet us.  The guide told them the name of the restaurant, but that wasn’t enough.  They wanted the address, so while they were trying to get that information I guess one taxi driver got pissed off at them and said they could not ride with them.  Finally, they got a taxi driver to take them to our meet up place.  While Janet, David and I are waiting for our lost friends the camera man shows up that was with them.  We ask where the rest are and he says around the corner on the next block.  We hurry to go try to find them.  There they are sitting at a table getting ready to order food.  We tell them we have been waiting for them.  At least, they were ok.  We then got a table and sat down to eat some lunch too.  I am sitting across from Janet who all of a sudden says, “OH, CRAP!”.  She brushes something off her arm which then lands on my arm.  She was not kidding about the crap.  A pigeon shit on her and she flung it on me, so we both got crapped on at lunch.  After lunch we went to the Spanish Steps, visited a couple more churches, sat by a fountain and visited with some very nice nuns.  We headed back to where we started for dinner and then back to the hotel.  It was a long day but lots of fun.  I am putting some of the pictures up now but you will have to wait for rest when I have more time to explain what is in the photos.  Ready for bed now.