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#30650
Off to Europe (specifically Rome & London) 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
Hey gang,
I'm off to Rome and London over the next couple of weeks for work. Like all rabid gamers, I always like to visit local gaming venues in the cities I'm visiting. Although most games are available over the net now a days, it's always good to visit the local brick & mortar stores. Occasionaly this has been rewarded by some interesting finds.

So, for any resident of those cities, do you have any suggestions?

What am I interested in? Pretty much any form of gaming or geekery :P

BTW any suggestions as to cool places to visit or eat would also be much appreciated :D
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#30651
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Enjoy your trip Lupus!!!
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#30652
Off to Europe (specifically Rome & London) 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
If you like great paintings Check out the 3- 10ft large Caravaggio Paintings of Saint Matthew in a church called San Luigi dei Francesi that is right between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, (check those out too!) The church is just to the side of the road that runs between these popular tourist sites...it is parallel to Piazza Navona, walking towards the Piazza it is to the right. The hours are also limited, they are described on the door of the church, you will need coins to light up the paintings...

Caravaggio was a true visionary Genius and swashbuckler who hung out with street thugs and prostitutes...while fleeing from city to city for crimes such as murder, he found occasion to create some of the most beautiful and violent paintings ever done...the hierarchy often complained about his realistic rendering of biblical scenes showing saints with torn robes and dirty feet...but he managed to aquire powerful friends and allies who saw the truth and genius of his work...Thus the Pope often Pardoned him so that he could paint more paintings and spread the word of the Lord to the masses....

Also, make sure to check out Bernini's Fontana di Trevi which has been recently restored....unlike the Caravaggio paintings this will be crowded...watch your pockets....

Near the Colliseum, atop a hill and in a church called S. Pietro in Vincoli is a Michelangelo sculpture of Moses (pronounced: il Mo-ze) that is worth the exercise of getting there. (It won't be crowded).

If you want to see the Sistine Chapel be prepared to wait 2-4 hours on line.

When you visit Piazza Navona, go to the Tre Scallini Restaurant (BAR side) and get a world famous Tartuffo. This is actually THE Original Tartuffo created/invented by the Campini family and you can get one at the standing up Cafe without sitting for lunch or dinner. One of their secrets is that the imported chocolate is cut by hand everyday, which allows for sharp edges of the little pieces...if it was machine cut the edges would melt slightly from the hot blades and not have the same sensation on your tongue....

Walk around Trastevere (an old section of Rome) at night and get a Pizza in a restaurant that is underground (forgot the name)

Go to the amazing Villa Borghese museum near Piazza del Popolo. You will need to reserve tickets in advance for a specific viewing time. You can find the tickets and info by searching online: Villa Borghese, Rome

Hope this Helps...
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#30653
Off to Europe (specifically Rome & London) 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
Also, My favorite "moderately fancy" restaurant in Rome is near Piazza del Popolo:

"Ristorante al 59" at Via angelo Brunetti (from Piazza del Popolo walk to this street and make a right walking towards the river)

My native Roman Uncle Alfredo eats there several times a week....nuff said. This won't be on any tourist maps. It's location is such that it won't get any incidental walk in's...therefore, the food has to be good for it to survive, unlike so many other restaurants which survive on tourist walk ins....It's upscale without being ridiculously expensive, Suggested dinner special is 45 euro's.... a dish of pasta is around 15 euro? The sort of place business men take their clients or couples go for a good meal...the pasta is to die for, you can ask for an assortment of various pasta's like a tasting menu. The plates are small and beautiful and very tasty.
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#30654
Off to Europe (specifically Rome & London) 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
Harneloot,
Thanks for teh well wishes. I intend to have as much fun as possible. Only hitch is the family isn't going, and this will be the first trip alone for a long long time. Not sure if I'll know what to do wtih myself :)



Stefan,
Now a man after my own heart ;) Beside the local attractions, you list food venues. Always a pleasure digging up places the locals go.

Only hope is that English is spoken in these places, otherwise I'm in trouble. Have to make the Ristorante al 59!

The hour wait for the Sistine Chapel isn't going to be all that good since I'm on a limited sight seeing budget since the trip is officialy work related. So might just do the walks. To make things harder, we've been booked awway from Rome itself and closer to the air port, so it's going to be a trip in, eating into what free time we do have. But hey, it's a work trip, these side treks are a bonus :D

Not sure what free time we have for meals though.
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#30655
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Lupus,

Since you are going alone, or If you only have one meal I would go to trastevere as it is more laid back, atmospheric and "tourist" friendly. You probably want to relax and be able to soak up the ambiance of old Italia. The food is good almost everywhere in Trastevere, and is where the young Romans go out to eat and socialize...

Have Fun!

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Be careful crossing the streets, how high is your Dex? You may need saving throws...he,he...
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#30656
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Lupus

When are you exactly in London. Free/spare time is always an issue on such trips. So unless you are stuck over a weekend you won't have much time. But in case you are stuck over a weekend I would be more than happy to organzi

In regard to game shops. Check out the Orcsnest. They describe themselves as Central London's only dedicated role playing games shop - to find them - have a look at their webpage: www.orcsnest.com/ Not sure if the claim is true - but at least I don't know any other one and the Orcsnest is one place I tend to visit whenever I'm in London.

Off course you have also quite a few Games Workshop Stores around. Worthwhile having a browse - but not sure how different they are in the UK compared with other countries. This is the downside of a chain.

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#30657
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Have a great trip. You will be lucky if you only wait in line for an hour at the Vatican, but it is nice to look around the outside. Definitely visit as many cathedrals as you can and Trevi's fountain. The subways in Rome are very good. The Forum is a wonderful walk and leads to the Colliseum. Everything is also pretty close together around the Colliseum. If you have time take the bus to Villa D'Este to see the water gardens, that was a high point for my family. We did not have much luck with pizza in Italy, so good luck with that. We did find (strangely enough) that Chinese Restaurants were a good deal if you have a limited budget. We did have some language issues in Rome but we muddled through pretty well and everyone was very friendly.

UK is more of a games workshop location and you may be able to walk in and join a Warhammer game or find out if they have an open Warhammer session when you find a store.

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#30658
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Just got in to Rome last night. 36 bloody hours of travel! with a three hour layover in Heathrow coz my plane got in late and I missed the connecting flight to rome :(

was shattered when i got in, since i don't usually sleep well on planes. On the plus side, got to see like about 6+ movies that i missed coz i have a baby girl and dn't go out anymore :)

venturing out today and the guys i work with/for have organized a tour of the vatican so will be heading out with them. stefan haven't had my dex checked yet, but wil do so today i'm sure. but i'm used to asia with their scooters so may survive yet

thod, thanks for the offer. will be therefrom monday to thursday next week only, so I'm sure you'd be at work :) But might keep that in mind for later trips :P

thanks guys. gotta go and relax on my one day off this week~ :)
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Just got in to Rome last night. 36 bloody hours of travel! with a three hour layover in Heathrow coz my plane got in late and I missed the connecting flight to rome :(

was shattered when i got in, since i don't usually sleep well on planes. On the plus side, got to see like about 6+ movies that i missed coz i have a baby girl and dn't go out anymore :)

venturing out today and the guys i work with/for have organized a tour of the vatican so will be heading out with them. stefan haven't had my dex checked yet, but wil do so today i'm sure. but i'm used to asia with their scooters so may survive yet

thod, thanks for the offer. will be therefrom monday to thursday next week only, so I'm sure you'd be at work :) But might keep that in mind for later trips :P

thanks guys. gotta go and relax on my one day off this week~ :)

Hope you get to see something:)
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#30660
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If you like great paintings Check out the 3- 10ft large Caravaggio Paintings of Saint Matthew in a church called San Luigi dei Francesi that is right between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, (check those out too!) The church is just to the side of the road that runs between these popular tourist sites...it is parallel to Piazza Navona, walking towards the Piazza it is to the right. The hours are also limited, they are described on the door of the church, you will need coins to light up the paintings...
I went to Rome 10 years ago and of all the amazing art in the city the absolute highlights of the trip were the Caravaggio paintings in the San Luigi dei Francesi chuch (especially the Calling of St. Matthew). I ran out of the church to get more coins and couldn't stop feeding the machine that turns on the light in front of the painting. Just stunning! Thanks for reminding me of them Stefan.

Also I can't remember the name of the restaurant, but there was a little delicatessen somewhere near the church that served the best sandwich I've ever had, called bresaola e rugetta (bresaola is cured meat, with arugula served on pizza bianco (white pizza) bread). Like Caravaggio for the stomach. I can ask my wife if she remembers the name of the place if anyone is interested.

Have a great time Lupus!
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#30661
Off to Europe (specifically Rome & London) 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
If you like great paintings Check out the 3- 10ft large Caravaggio Paintings of Saint Matthew in a church called San Luigi dei Francesi that is right between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, (check those out too!) The church is just to the side of the road that runs between these popular tourist sites...it is parallel to Piazza Navona, walking towards the Piazza it is to the right. The hours are also limited, they are described on the door of the church, you will need coins to light up the paintings...
I went to Rome 10 years ago and of all the amazing art in the city the absolute highlights of the trip were the Caravaggio paintings in the San Luigi dei Francesi chuch (especially the Calling of St. Matthew). I ran out of the church to get more coins and couldn't stop feeding the machine that turns on the light in front of the painting. Just stunning! Thanks for reminding me of them Stefan.

Also I can't remember the name of the restaurant, but there was a little delicatessen somewhere near the church that served the best sandwich I've ever had, called bresaola e rugetta (bresaola is cured meat, with arugula served on pizza bianco (white pizza) bread). Like Caravaggio for the stomach. I can ask my wife if she remembers the name of the place if anyone is interested.

Have a great time Lupus!

Ahhh....they are sublime aren't they?
Caravaggio was one of my first and main inspirations when i was starting out as a young pupil at the High school of Art and Design. I was 16 at the time, and my painting teacher would show us books of artist during the model breaks...my favorites were Caravaggio, Sargeant, and Velasquez...there was an incredible show sometime around the 80's of Velasquez at the Metroplitan Museum and it just blew me away....saw it about 5 times and later in Life, flew to Spain specifically to see "las Meninas" his incredible masterpiece...I'll never forget seeing it, at the end of an incredible hall...like a little box of light, a jewelbox with people looking out at you....and as you walked closer it became larger and larger, and then you got up real close and you could see the wonderful free brushstrokes on the canvas, as though blown onto the canvas by the wind or a magical force, effortlessly....

I, too am going to Italy for a couple of months...they are still repairing my roof from the crane damages... and so i am escaping this noisy place, and off to a world where time passes slowly....the sound of churchbells and singing gondolieries will engulf me, seagulls will spin in the sky, and the narrow walls that shall enclose me will be powdered and caked a deep rose wine or canary yellow hue...the curved windows shall be topped with brilliant white icing and the long black boats shall be secured to twisted candycane poles....... can you guess?...back in December.....I'll Post something from there....
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