Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
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We were beyond excited to meet our wonderful friends Mike and Carmen at Termini Station two days after our arrival! We always try to get friends to accompany us on our adventures, but it so rarely happens! It was their first time in Europe, and I think we wore them ragged after 3 days of traipsing around the entire city by foot, and sometimes bus. Luckily, we had a funky little apartment to come back to for relaxing, only 3 blocks from the Pantheon. We had our own courtyard, with a fountain, and could fall asleep to the sound of trickling water and excited seagulls, which are surprisingly all over the city.
We did our best to hit up all the recommendations from another friend who used to live there so that we could sample some of the best food in the city. Oh, the food is so delicious! Especially coming from Zhuhai where the western cuisine is very limited. Pizza, pizza, pizza! And lasagna, and pasta, and caprese salads, and prosciutto di parma, and gelato....the list goes on and on. We managed to find the pizza restaurant we ate at during our last trip here, Dar Poeta, which people still argue may be the best pizzeria in Rome. Eating out for lunch or dinner was always a hunt for the best place we could find. Our little foursome had strict rules to follow: no English menus, no pictures of food outside, and listen for Italian-speaking diners
On the 23rd of December we said goodbye to Rome and picked up our rental car. Peter put his name on the reservation and therefore had the responsibility of driving out of the center of the city. They say Italians are crazy drivers, but I think living in China has made us numb to the chaos found on the roads. With a little help from the GPS, and a diligent Mike as navigator, we made it out of town and hit the road for the Amalfi coast.
Stay tuned for more details and photos for the rest of the trip. And there are mass amounts of photos. We apologize for not being able to slim the album down anymore, but it was the first trip with our new camera and we are way excited at how they turned out!
Melissa and Peter