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Nath back to Australia and we go onto Croatia

Woke Nath up at 8.30am and walked with him to the Termini station. Bought a 14 euro ticket to Fiuminco Airport station. It leaves very half hour at 22 & 52 minutes after the hour and takes 30 minutes.

He is flying back home and arrives there tomorrow night,. I felt quite sad walking back to the hostel as it has been so much fun travelling and hanging out with him. He is so easy going & has the most amazing sense of direction and travel smarts...can't believe he is only 17 !!!

Back in our room Mum & I chilled out, packed and I had a lovely long chat with Brad back home. We left at 11:30am to catch a bus to the Trastevere area of town and the walk back through Jewish Ghetto.

Over the river this suburb is like Paris left bank and is an interesting neighborhood of old alleys and churches with lots of street markets. We caught the H bus & when we got off didn't have a clue where we were .We asked for directions to Santa Maria church (had to ask at least 6 times!!) and eventually got there.

It is a 4th century church and one of Rome’s oldest. It is a lovely piazza with a fountain and lots of lovely places to eat.

We stopped in a cute alley to get cold drinks and sit and listen to some old buskers on piano accordian and a cello. ……beautiful!!!

We found our way back to the river and followed it walking under the shade of beautiful big old chestnut trees until we got to the bridge over to the island (Isola Tiberina – Island in the Tiber) and then over "Jew" bridge as it was known into Jewish old ghetto town. This was also the part of town that floods the worst before they built large embankments in the 19th century.

As early as the 8th century anti-semitism was happening with segregation and Jews being forced to wear yellow clothes for identification

From the 16th- 19th centuries they were forced by one of the popes to live in this cramped area of 7 acres. For 300 years they lived in cramped conditions, behind a wall with a curfew. They could go out by day but had to return before the gates were locked at night. They were prohibited from owning property or holding good jobs. Most of the old ghetto has now been torn down but many of Romes Jews come back here to attend the synagogue

Just over the bridge there is a church with a frescoe of Christ on the cross. It was built just outside the old city gates with the words of Isaiah 65:2 in Hebrew script- All day long I have stretched out my hands to a disobedient and faithless nation that has lost its way . The catholics built this church there to try and spread their faith to the Jews.

Next to that is Largo 16 Ottobre1943

This square is named for the day when Nazi tucks parked here and threatened to take the Jews to concentration camps unless the community came up with 110 pounds of gold in 24 hours. Everyone including non Jewish Romans put in their p gold and the demand was met. The Nazis took the gold and later came back for the Jews as well

After wandering through this small part of town we headed in the direction I thought the main road Via Corso was to catch the#40 bus back to the Termini. I headed in the wrong direction and ended you at the large piazza which is the flower and produce market. I corrected where we were tracking and got us back to the main road. It can be so confusing in these windy streets!!!!!!

We grabbed some sandwiches n the way back to the hostel, got our bags and headed back to the Train Termini to get the airport train. It was platform 28 again and if anyone needs to get the Fuiminico Airport train just go there as the platform only came up on the board at 3.08pm and it took us 11 minutes of very fast walking to get to the platform , just 3 minutes before it departed!!!!! I am a fast walker so if you were elderly and slow you wouldn’t have a chance of making it!!

30 minutes on the train and we were there and made our way to terminal 3 and waited out the hour or so in the airport lounge. Departed on Croatia Airline to Zagreb via the town of Split.

We have 2 nights booked in the hostel in Zagreb and nothing after that. Still trying to work out what we will do…maybe catch a train over the border to Slovenia to Ljubjiana for a couple of days or head to the coast to Pula……just don’t know!!!! Maybe we will get some ideas/feedback from people in our dorm. That is how we ended up in Florence and cycling in Lucca, after hearing about it from a Canadian girl in Cinque Terre.

Had a chance in Rome airport to google how to get to our hostel in Zagreb. Instead of a taxi we will catch a shuttle bus to the Bus station and then a tram to the hostel. Hope fully won’t take us to long…nothing like learning new language and signs as soon as you arrive!!

Made it by 10pm - got off at wrong stop and eventually got there!!!

In bed behind all my washing

In bed behind all my washing


Nath waiting for his platform number to come up

Nath waiting for his platform number to come up


Nath at Termini Station

Nath at Termini Station


Off we go for the londgwalk to platform 28

Off we go for the londgwalk to platform 28


Tarins

Tarins


Mum in Trastevere

Mum in Trastevere


Trastavere

Trastavere


Santa Maria  4th century church

Santa Maria 4th century church


Looking out church portico to square

Looking out church portico to square


Beautiful alleys

Beautiful alleys


Alleys

Alleys


Musos

Musos


City walls

City walls


Beautiful flowering tree

Beautiful flowering tree


Tiber River

Tiber River


Island in Tiber

Island in Tiber


Bridge to island

Bridge to island


Catholic church outside ghetto walls

Catholic church outside ghetto walls


ancient ruins in Jewish Ghetto

ancient ruins in Jewish Ghetto


Kosher Food

Kosher Food


Near flower market

Near flower market


Near Flower market

Near Flower market


Waiting at train station

Waiting at train station


Flying into Split , Croatia

Flying into Split , Croatia


Had to get off at Split and then go on to Zagreb

Had to get off at Split and then go on to Zagreb

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Croatia

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