Roma

Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
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Trip End Nov 15, 2007


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Friday, July 28, 2006

28.7.06
Roma, Italy

Des fixed a power lead to our vehicle so I could go on typing on my laptop for the 'Pod'. He bought an Italian adaptor and fitted it to the end of our existing power cord so it would fit to caravan park power. We had been using the one Lou was given in England, but Lou and Lynn are in Naples now, to see Pompeii. We have got 2 batteries in the vehicle to keep the fridge running and the GPS tracker on line, when we are stationary, but the battery only lasts a couple of days and in this heat the fridge draws too much power.

I have sometimes been doing the 'Pod' whilst Des has been driving, as we have an inverter, but when I need to navigate I get behind with the 'Pod'. I am often too tired after cooking and cleaning up when we find a camping spot.

We caught the bus and Metro (underground) to Rome to check out the Coliseum and other interesting sights. We decided that an open air bus trip would be a good way to get a fix on what we most wanted to see. No sooner had we got on, than the bus drove back to the terminal as there was a demonstration in the city by people demonstrating against animal experiments and many of the streets were blocked. They advised us to come back in the afternoon. It was extremely hot so we had a snack in an air conditioned shopping mall. When we came out the buses were running again. We got off at St Peter's Cathedral, queued in the sun for half and hour before entering this beautiful church. Some amazing craftspeople build this Cathedral. The architecture and sculptures and workmanship was a feast for the eyes.

During the time of the demonstration through the city, we went down to the underground to see if we could catch a tube back to the Vatican City but it was thick with people as there were no public buses running because of the demonstration. There were Police Security Guards informing us that we could not possibly all get on the next train and not to surge. That was enough for me. I went back to the Termini above ground. Des persuaded me to do some shopping in the air conditioned shops, so I bought a lovely pair of bathers.

We dined on a mixed dish of Italian pastas and vegetables, a beer or two and a very nice black iced coffee. Whilst we were eating, there was a scuffle and two men ran past us. The chaser caught the runner and held him while another man came to help. We can only speculate what that was all about. We had been warned about pick pockets and in fact had seen a woman and her little girl apparently reaching into someone's clothing in front of us on the underground while everyone was pushing forward to get on. When the woman and child didn't get on the train, we were told they were pick pockets.

It was strictly standing room only on the bus back to camp and we were squashed in like sardines. Two people with back packs could not quite squeeze in because the door would not close, no matter how hard we all pushed forward, so they had to hop off and wait for the next bus.
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