This is a rolling blog. It will be updated daily as they check out Italy and Spain. New stuff will be posted as it comes in.

Check back often.

Let's get the obvious out of the way...

Vincent, Wendy and another couple are going on a cruise in the middle of this pandemic?

We'll let him explain.

Today's the big one. No, not the Leaning tower of Pisa.

We just put that here because it fit.

To many people, nothing says Rome more than the Colossuem. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD and completed in 80 AD under his successor and heir, Titus.

It is the largest ancient amphitheatre ever built, and is still the largest standing amphitheatre in the world today, despite its age.

                                                              With an average

                                                              audience of some

                                                              65,000, it was used

                                                              for gladiatorial

                                                              contests and public

                                                              spectacles including

                                                              animal hunts,


                                                              famous battles, and

                                                              dramas based on

                                                              Roman mythology,

                                                              and mock sea battles.


Off tomorow to Naples to visit Pompeii.

The dungeons. This underground area is where the gladiators readied for combat, animals were stored and props used in the shows were held.  

The main "floor" of the colosseum where all the action took place. Today is just a bunch of peope wandering the area and not a sword or lion to be seen.

The colosseum has four levels, or tiers. The top tier is where the woman and slaves sat. The views from here are worth the trip alone.