Counting down to my own 'Roman Holiday' - Curt Yeomans

So, here's the deal. I'm through with all the columns about Paris, London and Ireland.

Quite honestly, I just ran out of things to say about that trip.

I may do other travelogues over the next few months, talking about things from other places in this country that I've traveled to in the past: A night-time ghost tour of Charleston, S.C., for example, or the seemingly never-ending spiral steps of the Tybee Island Lighthouse.

But, my future also holds another planned trip to Europe.

I am planning a one-week trip to Rome, Italy, for the week of April 6-10, 2010. It is the week of spring break for Clayton County Public Schools.

This, of course, means there will be more European travelogues coming from me in the late spring.

Whether it means more vacation photos will run in the newspapers as another "Postcards from ..." installment -- I don't know. That decision is above my pay grade.

I'm really looking forward to this trip. My previous trip to western Europe wetted my appetite for the continent. I want more of it, and I want to see it soon.

I chose Rome because, after visiting London and Paris, I wanted to complete what I see as being the triumvirate of major, high-profile European cities.

There are just certain cities in Europe that are extremely important. Italy, as a country, may not matter as much as France or Great Britain, but Rome, itself, is very important because of its place in the development of western civilization.

Madrid and Barcelona are nice, but not glamorous. Berlin -- well, the Germans just have this way of coming off harshly.

I've actually been thinking this trip through since late August-early September. I'm expecting this trip will set me back at least $1,700, just in buying round-trip plane tickets, securing a hotel room for a week, and paying for tours.

And, I plan on seeing everything, from the Vatican, to the Coliseum, to the Palatine Hill, to the Spanish Steps, to the Trevi Fountain.

I'm even planning on taking a day trip to Pompeii, to see the ruins of the city that was destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

I'm particularly interested in seeing some of the ancient Roman ruins of the area. In world history, Ancient Rome is perhaps the most interesting period.

You have all the political intrigue, the back-stabbing, the plotting, the scheming, the murder. It's like Washington D.C., except the Ancient Romans did it all with perfection.

I'm really looking forward to whatever columns come out of European Vacation -- part due (that's Italian for two).

Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.