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Given how hard it was to find accommodations here in Rome and the hectic pace here, I decided I've gone far enough south for now. It will only get worse further south. From Rome I head north, but I'm not done with Italy yet. I decided I must at least see Venice before leaving and that's where I'm going next. I spent a good part of the day trying to find accommodations in Venice but after a bit of web surfing and few email exchanges and a phone call or two I was finally successful.

When I leave here on Thursday I will take a high speed train direct to Venice, where for the first time I will have a hotel waiting for me. It will be the most expensive place so far, but I will only be there for 2 nights. My current plan is to leave Venice on a night train to Vienna and if that happens I will have plenty of time to take in St Mark's, the canals and other local sites.

After I found the accommodations for Venice, I took a quick subway over to the train station to reserve my trip to Venice. One thing that is kind of lame about the rail pass is that you must go to the station to make your reservations (required for all high speed trains) and you can't even use the automated machines, you must wait in line for a ticket window. Fortunately the lines were short and the station isn't far away.

After that I took in two major sites. I visited St Peter-in-Chains church with Michelangelo's Moses and I toured the inside of the Colosseum. Here are few photos from that.

The St Peter-in-Chains church.

The chains.

Michelangelo's Moses is in the middle.

The Colosseum. The area in the middle were underground passage ways during Roman times. They were used to bring live animals and other things on stage through trap doors to the ongoing shows.

Yours truly in the Colosseum.

On the second floor of the northern half of the Colosseum they had a special exhibit on display with a few interesting statues.

A Roman copy of a Greek original of Socrates.

I liked the description of this one "Statue of a Cynic philosopher".

Another photo of the Colosseum.

Another couple (better?) photos of the Arch of Constantine.

I would have liked to provide more information about some of the photos above, but time is short. I just dropped in to the internet cafe to confirm my hotel reservation for Venice (yes its good) and took the opportunity to upload this posting. Tomorrow, my last full day in Rome, will be a full uninterrupted day of site seeing and I'm really looking forward to that. Although, whether I'm site seeing or not, it's just interesting being over here, or any of the places I've visited for that matter. Seeing the locals and other tourists going about their day or chatting with folks like the guy running this internet cafe next to my apartment is just as interesting as seeing a 2000 year old building like the Colosseum.

I can't believe in a few days it will be one year since I quit my job. Don't miss that at all. Having fun. Life is good!