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Trip Report: Christmas in Rome and New Year’s in Barcelona (Day 6-10)

New goal for this summer is to post much more frequently and as part of that I am trying to wrap up several old trip report series.  Today’s post will cover the last 5 days of our trip in 2012 to Rome and Barcelona.  Photo’s are from both Barcelona and the costa brava.  I will let the pictures do the talking in this post.  Looking forward to more posts soon!

View from our room in the Hilton Del Mar Barcelona

View from our room in the Hilton Del Mar Barcelona

Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter

Harbor

Harbor

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Our Smart car rental

Our Smart car rental

German Shorthaired Pointer reminding us of our dog at home

German Shorthaired Pointer reminding us of our dog at home

View over Cadaques

View over Cadaques

Waterfront near Dali's home

Waterfront near Dali’s home

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Trip Report: Christmas in Rome and New Year’s in Barcelona (Day 5)

No excuse really for not posting the next installment in this trip report for more than 4 months, just have been extremely busy at work and haven’t dedicated the time to complete it.  Given that I have had such a long gap in between reports, the final installments in this trip report will be more picture heavy since I don’t remember the specific details of what we did/saw/ate each day.

 

Baths of Caracalla

Baths of Caracalla

Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano

Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Rome Street Scene

Rome Street Scene

Veterinario

Veterinario

This was our final day in Rome with my family.  The continued on to Naples/Pompeii/Florence and my wife and I continued on to Barcelona.  We thoroughly enjoyed spending Christmas break with them in Rome.

I will write the remaining Trip Report installments covering our time in Barcelona over the next two weeks.  After that I will begin an introduction to our upcoming trip to Thailand this fall.

Travel Photos – Green Bay, WI

I thought I would start my 2013 blogging with some pictures from our trip over the Christmas holidays to Green Bay, Wisconsin for a Packers game.  This was our Christmas present for myself and my wife from my dad and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  I had wanted to get back to a Packers game since my family moved away from Green Bay in 1999 (did not miss the cold weather).

The game featured the Packers playing the Tennessee Titans and it was approximately 25 degrees F at kickoff.

Interior Shot of Lambeau Field

My wife and I at the game (can’t figure out why this picture is so small)

Exterior shot of Lambeau Field (Vince Lombardi statue in foreground)

My old house (wouldn’t look the same without the snow!)

Reviews and Recommendations:

Eating: We had dinner at Titletown Brewing Company the first night we were there and I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Green Bay. Set in the old train station it offered some uniquely Wisconsin dishes, I had Walleye and my wife had a spicy elk burger.  Prices are quite reasonable and the beer selection is fantastic.

Accomodations: We stayed at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center attached to the Oneida Casino.  It was pretty much what you expect from a hotel, clean and comfortable.  Nothing fancy.  They do offer a shuttle to Lambeau Field on gamedays which made the gameday experience much more pleasant.

Travel Photos – The Coliseum (Rome)

I fully realize it has been too long since my previous post but I just haven’t made the time to do anything about it!  I am making a goal for myself going forward of no less than 1 new post every two weeks.  With that said, today I wanted to feature the Coliseum in Rome.  The Coliseum, to me, is one of the few ancient buildings where it is still quite easy to imagine what it looked like while in use, which makes it fascinating to walk around the arena.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of the Coliseum from my travels:

Coliseum Exterior

Coliseum Exterior

Coliseum Exterior

Coliseum Interior

Tip: To avoid waiting in the extremely long lines at the Coliseum, buy your ticket at the entrance of the Palatine Hill/Forum early in the morning and tour it first.  The exit of the Forum is right at the entrance to the Coliseum.

 

Travel Photos – The Pantheon (In Rome)

The Pantheon is one of my favorite structures in the entire world.  The fact that it is so beautifully preserved, unique and FREE combine to make it an all-time favorite. During my three visits to Rome I felt like I wound up passing by the Pantheon multiple times and going in at least once or twice a day as the interior changes as the light changes. There really doesn’t need to be an introduction for each picture as they speak for themselves.