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January 11th

The Colosseum


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As we missed the Colosseum on the preceeding day and because our flight to Trieste was in the afternoon, we decided to head back there in the morning. Heading out of the station, the Colosseum hits you straight away. It doesn't have the same power as looking at it from afar and walking towards it but grand nonetheless.

Walking around, it was disappointing to see some modern graffiti. Why people are possessed, or think it's "cool" to vandalise one of the world's greatest monuments is beyond comprehension but once you look past it, it was a great experience. You can clearly see where the Emperor and senators would've sat and how a class structure would've taken place back in Rome's glory. You can also see how modern stadiums have used the Colosseum as a blueprint especially in areas such as seating. The Colosseum, which at capacity could seat over 50,000, could be cleared within 10 minutes.

In recent years they've built a wooden structure which represents the area on which the gladiators would've fought.

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Posted by MrEden 11:46 Archived in Italy

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Hi Son, sounds like you are having a fantastic time. Dad and I wished we coujld be there too. Take lots of photos so we can see EVERYTHING when you get back. Once again, wish David and Belinda all the best from us for their wedding on Monday. Did you receive my text message about Courtney and Sitki buying a house? So they will be taking possession of this on 8 March. Everything is fine here pretty boring when you consider the wonderful experiences you are having. Anyway, take care, we love you. Mum and Dad X O X O X O X O X O X O X O X

by chrisstaff

C'mon Staffs: it is a little bit cool to graffiti places of huge historical significance. You used to be cool man!

by donovan

Hi mate

I am using Mum's logon ID and this is the very first blog I've ever done, so it's a momentous occasion. Glad to hear you're having such a great time. It's really whetting our appetite to get over to Europe and see all those marvellous sites. Hope you enjoy the wedding and give my best wishes to D & B. Dad.

by chrisstaff

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