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The final few days of my trip with my Auntie Gay, AKA Zia Gaya, were relaxed. With all the walking we had been doing, we were ready to just sit. As neither of us are good at just sitting, we ended up doing quite a bit of wandering so by the last day, I was ready to see one last thing.
First thing in the morning, I headed off on a run & decided to go to the Colosseo as my turn around point. By the time I got back, I announced that we were going to get tickets and go. Wow. What an incredible place to see - and to see pictures of what it looked like at its height!
By the end of the trip, my Aunt mentioned that I was visibly relaxed in the photos and she hoped I could hang on to that feeling. 12 days of traveling with no access to email does a body good.
One of the big things on my bucket list was to see Venice. Everyone told us we had to go up and stay for a few days, but as fast walking people, my Auntie and I bought train tickets with a same day round trip. Arriving at 10:30am, we started walking and saw the whole of Venice in 7 hours only stopping for lunch, tea time, and an incredible dinner. The views were amazing and it's definitely a place to see, but our favorite piece was Oscar, our dinner waiter. He taught us that Aunt Gay is Zia Gaya in Italian and that I am her niece Melanie, which is Nipote Melania. Oscar, the Sun, was just a peach and we ended up having a slow, delicious dinner with more wine than we'd had until that point.
A friend of mine from Bethesda, MD lives in Rome. Some friends of hers wanted to do a day trip to Spoleto & with 2-for-1 train tickets, we were psyched to come along. The ancient town was built on a hill with a castle on the top. It's a town you could sit & paint for hours while staring at the architecture and walkways. Someone had hung small speakers along numerous streets and was playing classical music. We danced. Even the dinner we shared was fantastic, although the guys were disappointed by the portions. A perfect Saturday retreat from the city of Roma.