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Report 829: A Million Degrees

By Christian from Canada, Summer 2003

Trip Description: Rome for a Week, Venice for nine days, with a couple of day trips.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Rome, Veneto, Venice

Categories: Vacation Rentals; Art Trip; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Page 1 of 18: Background Info

A million degrees

Let me collect my thoughts. It was two years ago, after all. Strangely though, I remember most, if not all of it, and since I took some notes and hundreds of photos, it shouldn’t be too hard. I was almost done writing this trip report two years ago but lost it after my computer crashed. Argh! This time I will save it to disk! Anyway, I should also point out that English is not my mother tongue, so excusez-moi if the writing is odd at times. I’m told that I write the way I speak. I don’t even know what that means!

So let me first give you some background information: back in the summer of 2002, my partner and I decided to go to Europe for the first time. Our first choice was Florence. Period. We made it our base, which allowed us to easily go on a couple of day trips to a few Tuscan towns and up to Venice. Our best friend came along and it was a wonderful trip, with wonderful weather, wonderful food, wonderful everything. SO wonderful in fact, that my partner and I decided to go again the following summer, in 2003. Yes, summer 2003, during THE heat wave that Europeans are still talking about! And those who know a little bit about wine can confirm that the Summer 2003 heat wave produced exceptional wines that are just now starting to hit the market.

But I digress.

Our plan this time was to explore further south and visit Rome for a week, after which we would take the train to Venice and stay there for another week. The previous year, we had only gone on a 36-hour excursion to Venice and were so enchanted by the city that we swore we would return and stay for a full week. Personally, I would stay for a lifetime, but can’t afford to. Besides, I would miss The West Wing.

I should also mention that the heat really was unbelievable. We can seriously say that we have never, ever experienced hot weather as intense anywhere, at any time in our entire lives. We drank water like never before at the rate of several bottles per day. No wonder Rome has a fountain every 10 feet! We also made sure we had bottled water in the freezer. We’d grab a frozen bottle on our way out and by mid-morning, the ice had melted.

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