Jet Lag and getting lost

Trip Start Jun 03, 2011
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Trip End Jun 18, 2011


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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Saturday, June 4, 2011

Driving in Rome is terrifying.  I was convinced we were going to die at least 7 times.  We took an overpriced cab from the airport to the hotel, and I'm pretty sure the driver was unaware of the existence of turn signals or lane lines.  2 lane streets became 3 lane streets because if you didn't let someone smoosh beside you you were going to get hit by a bus.  So glad we weren't driving, as even being a passenger I was shaking by the time we arrived at the hotel.

Checked into our hotel: fabulous.  We haven't adventured around much, but the room has a huge bathtub and a bidet.  Fancy!

So after checking in, we decided to go adventure and just wander around, trying to get our bearings.  We found the Spanish steps, meandered to Piazza Navona, somehow ended up at the Trevi fountain and the Forum.  Rome is just a fantastic place it seems.  In the US, we think a 200 year old building is old.  Here, multiply by 10.

We found the Pantheon, which is just humbling.  We stopped for gelato (which is AMAZING: so much better than gelato in the US) near there, and in case I hadn't had enough sugar there's a thing called granita de cafe.  It's like an espresso snow cone with whipped cream.  NOM. 

We continued to meander until we had absolutely no clue where we were, but we found a nice shady park to sit in for a bit.  One thing that is amazing about this place is that there are drinking fountains everywhere.  And by drinking fountains, I mean actual stone sculptures that spout drinking water, not just random mechanisms. 

George and I are now thoroughly exhausted, and it's not even time for dinner.  the 6 hour time difference is certainly a bit challenging.  We essentially got up at 3AM to start the day. Now the goal is to stay awake as long as possible to try and beat the jet lag. But a little afternoon nap couldn't hurt, right?
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Rhiannon on

Awesome photos. I'm so glad the two of you got to go together. Wandering is so much better with someone else. Well, and cool, old stuff is more enjoyable if there is someone to look when you point at it. :-)

Ian on

Very much fun!

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