We're all going on a Roman Holiday........

Trip Start Apr 25, 2010
Trip End May 18, 2010

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Albergo del Senato

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

We're all going on, a Roman Holiday......

Well goodbye Florence, we are heading to Rome today and I haven’t bothered being organised this time and getting train tickets. Probably too scared that I will lose them again.  So when we get to the station, we get very clever and use the ticket machine.  We are getting the hang of things here now and think we are pretty good......................

Ok our train was running a little late and after working out that the Napoli train is the same one that is going to Rome; we make our way to the platform.  You really have to love the way the stations are here.  All train lines end in the same spot and you can easily walk to each platform, just by heading towards the train.  Not like at home where each platform is in a different area and you have to find out how to get to it via tunnels and stairs.  Here you just stand facing all the noses of the trains and then walk to whatever train you need and enter the platform alongside it.

Again we have tickets for 2nd class, which compared to home are brilliant seats, in super modern carriages. The only problem is, we are in car 10 and when we get to it, we didn’t realise there is a door at each end of the car and we have seat 94 & 95, right down the other end.  So imagine people coming from both ends of the car, trying to get past each other to reach the opposite ends, all with suitcases.  This made for some interesting frustration and amazement, at the rudeness of people.  We learnt very quickly to be just as rude back.

So we make it to our seats and a quick trip of 1 1\2 hours later, we arrive in Roma, where we grab a taxi and head through the traffic chaos to our hotel.  Now can I say that I have booked us into a hotel right in the Piazza della Rotonda next to the Pantheon. I found this fantastic suite with original frescos on the ceiling and the most magnificent 4 poster bed.  I also broke the budget with this hotel but thought you only get a chance once, so why not?  Anyway we get our key and head to the top floor to room 606.  We enter the room and we are not in the one I booked but upgraded to a Penthouse.  Ok so now I am in a dilemma, do I go with the room I fell in love with or take the plush penthouse that has the best position of the hotel?  We are so close to the Pantheon, that you can almost touch it from our balcony.  In the end we decide to stick with this room but my heart strings want to at least look at the other room.  Maybe I will talk to the desk and swap for the last night.

So once we settle we waddle across to the Pantheon and get through the crowds and once inside you just look straight up to the opening in the high dome.  It’s amazing to see the clouds drifting past and makes you a little dizzy.  We wander around and see all the various religions that are supported in this structure.  There is a crowd around something, so we push our way through and find a tomb.  I take photos but have no clue to whom it is, so will need to do some investigating.

Ok tomorrow we have decided to book the Segway tour around the old Roman area.  We loved doing this in Paris and it didn’t take much convincing to do it again.  Any excuse to save the old legs and that is fine with both of us.  Whilst I am typing this, Drew has gone for a massage, as his neck and back are killing him.  I am sipping on a nice glass of wine, sitting on our penthouse balcony and taking in the music and people that are in the piazza.  Oh and watching the antics of the gypsies when I see them.  There are a few police here, so they don’t hang around for long.  Today we had lunch and the guys next to us where talking about how nobody in Rome starves, as the churches have soup kitchens everywhere, so there isn’t any reason for the gypsies to beg.  They were also saying there was a newspaper article, where the gypsies defended themselves saying they weren’t criminals, only thieves.  The government have apparently set up a school specifically for the gypsy children but they won’t go.  Hmmm that sounds familiar.

Tonight we have decided on Pizza for dinner but we won’t settle for any micro waved crap like the other day in Florence.  It has to be wood fire oven pizzas or else.  Did I tell you about our lunch today?  We stopped at a cafe and had ordered some meats, cheese and crusty bread.  We loved our farm lunch in Tuscany the other day and wanted to try and recreate the flavours.  So we got salami and Parma ham and some cheese which resemble feta but we weren’t too sure.  Then sat there dunking our crusty bread in yummy olive oil and salt.  The guys on the table next to us, the ones talking about gypsies, got given different oil when asked.  I joked with them that it’s not who you know but what you know and the American guy, said he knew the family.  We had a laugh but now I wish we had tried that oil, the flavour could only get better couldn’t it?

The sun is setting and church bells are ringing in the close distance.  I wish I could capture the moment to share it with you but you will just have to close your eyes and try to imagine it all.  It is worth the effort trust me.
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shelley herbert on

Arrivderc'e Roma! I prolly spelt that wrong but I think it is a song!! looks lurvley trust you to be upgraded to a Penthouse!!!!!!!!!!!!

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