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It looks like my old photobucket photos have come back so I'm going to give this a try here (although I do have a flikr account set up now for backup just in case!) Thank you all for sticking with me so long!
Day 5 - Will we ever win at trivia?
After we filled our tummies we headed over to trivia to have some fun before our main dining room dinner for the evening. Tonight was Disney Villains trivia which sounded like something we’d be good at… nope! But of course we still had a blast!
Of course there were cocktails involved!
Next up we headed off to dinner for our meal in Carioca’s. We weren’t starving at this point of course since we’d had a nice little “snack” when we got back from our excursion.
First up was bread, our appetizers and soup. Empanadas for me and ahi tuna for mom!
Empanadas Panzudas de Carne – Argentinean Beef Empanadas with Red Chimichurri
Ahi Tuna and Avocado Tower – With Red Pepper Wasabi, Chopped Patacones, and Caviar
honestly I don’t remember what soup was ordered…
Everything was fine but not really memorable. The meal progressed on with more of the same, fine food but nothing that stood out as awesome. We were of course also a bit worn out from our day so we just weren’t feeling it tonight.
Grilled Rum-marinated Swordfish – With Black Bean Muneta, Roasted Corn, and Boniato Fries
Slow-roasted Pork Belly – With Crushed Sweet Potato, Creamy Grits, and Collard Greens
De la Costa Cream Cheese Flan – With Caramel Bananas and Pedro Ximenez Reduction
Carioca’s Ice Cream Sundae – Dulce de Leche Ice Cream, Caramelized Apples, and Churros
I wrapped up the evening doing a little more of Anna’s hunt and picking up a DVC gift.
Day 5 (Naples)
Location: Naples (Pompeii)
Activities: Pompeii Tour, Mt. Vesuvius Hike
Weather: hot and a little overcast
Highlight: seeing history come to life
Today was an up and early one once again, as we had booked a full day tour for our port, Civitavecchia! We would be heading into Rome to tour the Vatican, The Colosseum, and The Catacombs. Lunch was included on this tour, free time really wasn’t.
We started the day as usual, getting a good breakfast in and some caffeine before heading to the meeting spot for the tour. We ordered a room service breakfast but had time to head to the buffet for a few extra bites as well.
The tour started with a long bus ride to get from the port to where we needed to be. That is the major downside to this port, all the tourist sites are close to two hours inland so it creates quite the long day. Today we would start with the Vatican with St. Peter's Square and Basilica.
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After our bus ride we arrived on the outskirts of the Vatican City and walked into the heart of the excitement. It was shaping up to be a beautiful day in Italy and we tried to take in all the details of the exterior of the buildings here.
To say this place was crowded would be a very serious understatement. It was mobbed with people! Our tour guide was good though and quickly we were going through the tombs and getting some facts about those that were buried here. No photos allowed in the tombs but he was providing facts and info but we kept moving the whole time.
Then we worked our way up to the main basilica and this is where photos were allowed. There was a brief tour in here and then we all had to meet. We got a little info on how the next little bit of time would go and were set free.
This was our only real free time here. We had time to renter through the Mercy Door which only opens once every 25 years I think they said, so we chose to get in line (very quick moving) and reenter that way. Then we had another 15 mins to shop and tinkle. Very very crowded in all areas. Of course we took even more photos…
The shop they sent us too was clearly connected to the tour in some way but it was fine. We didn’t see anything we loved and I ended up getting some ice cream from a cart vendor. It wasn’t the best by any means but it was good for what I wanted at the time!
Great pictures of the Vatican! I find it hard to look at the Swiss guards’ uniform, and believe how well trained they all are Those pantaloons just make me laugh. But I’d never laugh in front of them - they could snap me in half!
Oh it looks like a beautiful day weather wise. I'm fascinated to hear what you thought of your day, as we never got off the ship when we docked for Rome, as we'd spent four days in the city and I couldn't see the point in going all that way for a long day and trying to cram sight seeing into one day.
Looks like a nice start to your day in Rome! This was the first city I ever visited in Europe and that was 22 years ago. Haven't been back to Rome since but hope to. St. Peter's Basilica, Square and Vatican City are truly amazing. It's recognized as a European country as it has it's own central government.
October 4, 2017-Enjoying an Evening at Universal's Portofino Bay Resort
My TR from my most recent trip is now underway. Includes: Universal Studios Florida, Disney World and Sea World Orlando Trifecta TR -Updated January 18th