Jan 15, 2007
Jan 25, 2007
We arrived in Rome by train from Florence and took a taxi to our hotel, which is located about 2 or 3 blocks behind the Colliseum, a really excellent location, a bit away from the more touristy areas. Hotel Lancelot is a lovely hotel, with nice entrance, lobby, and the people who run it very friendly and helpful. Our room had been ungraded to a large room with spacious balcony overlooking some Roman sights. The balcony had plants and flowers, and really beautiful. We immediately went to the Church of San Clemente, where there are several layers of temples from various periods of Roman history. Then we walked past the Colliseum to a sight I had yet to visit in all my times in Rome the Baths of Caracalla, now a shell, but 2000 years ago a gigantic and beautiful Roman Bath, one of the largest in the city. It had started to rain and most of the sightseeing we did that afternoon was in a fairly heavy shower. For dinner we were meeting Cristina, who was in Rome for the evening on business. We hadn't had dinner with her in Florence, so this was a great chance to have some company and spend some time with her, and to treat her to dinner to thank her for her kindness in getting us a room at Hevetia Bristol at a discount rate. We waited a very long time for her, as she was quite late, but eventually we headed towards an excellent restaurant she had recommended. It was the final chapter of a very excellent trip for us. Next day we flew back to the USA.