Rome, the eternal City

Rome, the eternal City

Rome – birthplace of the western civilisation. Once you have visited the ‘eternal city’, you will be overwhelmed with its history, the archeological witnesses and the endless number of ancient buildings. You can almost feel the former power of the Roman Empire and you will get an idea of its rise and fall – and – the empowering of the Catholic Church.

Our four day trip was thus a unique experience topped off by the excellent Italian cuisine, the amazing Gelati (ice cream) and certainly the incredible huge number of tourists.

Most important: make sure you get a hotel in the center. We stayed at the Hotel Smeraldo and can absolutely recommend it.

Vatican Museums

We started with the Vatican Museums on our first day. You can avoid the lines by booking a guided tour in advance – an absolut must if you don’t want to queue for hours. The museum is huge, a three hour tour worked out well for us. It also includes the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peters Basilica.

We also went to the top of the basilica where you get a stunning view of Rome and Vatican City.

Colosseum & Forum Romanum

Despite its barbarous and bloody history, the Collosseum attracts millions of visitors every year. Just the size of this amphitheatre, which could host up to 80’000 spactactors, and the imanigation that tens of thousends of human lives where sacrified for the sake of entertainment conveys a mix of disbelief as well as devotion.

This virtual tour gives you an idea about the ancient setting of the Collosseum, including the Forum Romanum.

Right next to the Collosseum, or in fact as part of it, is the Forum Romanum, a group of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome.

Rainy Kite Weekend at Lago di Como

Rainy Kite Weekend at Lago di Como

Another kite weekend trip to Lago di Como! We were not so much on the lucky side with he weather and wind this time. On top of that, our car broke down on the Italian motorway in eh middle of a tunnel. We rolled unbelievable 2.8 km the slightly downhill motorway and could reach a gas station exit! The car engine is gone…. and the car was transported back to Switzerland, while we were on a rental car – sometimes it’s good to have a road assistance insurance!
Besides the car problems, we still got to kite two days.
Gisi got up and running well! Not sure if Chris was violating some Italien laws, by flying a kite, driving the motor boat and making a call at the same time……
IBM Kite Talents!

IBM Kite Talents!

After months of persuasion, I finally talked a fearless bunch of IBMers into kite surfing! We spent a great weekend at Lago di Como and the three guys took a two day course. They all turned out to be quite talented and – who knows – might continue to get proficient!
Lago di Como Opening

Lago di Como Opening

First weekend this year on Lake Como. Great conditions and great company – men only with Thom, Flavian and Markus. Superb wind on Saturday, stron 12m fully powered, 4 hour session! Thom’s jumps are getting higher and higher, Flavian ripping with the Bandit and Markus fully in charge! A low pressure system on Sunday killed the wind unfortunately.
Looking forward to the next weekend at 414 Kiting.