Last Stop... Rome

Trip Start Sep 17, 2011
Trip End Oct 09, 2011

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Oct 2 -- evening


Only 58 stairs to our new apartment -- all level and evenly spaced -- no problem! This is the best boot camp I've ever been to!!

We left Cinque Terre this morning, both of us feeling that we could have stayed longer. We took the regional train to La Spezia like old pros, waited a little for our train to Rome and then settled in... this was no a luxury train but quite comfortable all the same.

We saw the tower in Pisa... only from the train and blocked by some buildings but it sure was leaning and recognizable. It wasn't on our priority list of things to visit in Italy but it was fun to see it a little all the same.

More impressive was seeing the marble quarries off in the distance in Carrara. We had seen them on the way to Cinque Terre as well but forgot to mention them here. To think Michelangelo went there to get his marble and now so do rich folks re-doing their kitchens & bathrooms, lol.

We arrived in Rome at 2:30, to what felt like chaos and disorientation. As if to reinforce the warnings we had read about pickpockets and gypsies, we saw the end of an altercation with one. She had apparently tried something with a teenager, who was now holding her nose & checking for bleeding, while her mother was yelling and slapping the gypsy. She just took it all in stride and wandered away. We had seen plenty of begging gypsies in Florence but nothing so confrontational.

We hurried along to the very busy taxi stand, were ushered to a small van and brought directly to our apartment (well the closest intersection he could go to) -- it took maybe 5 minutes (of interesting but calm driving) and cost E33!! Welcome to Rome.

We've now settled into a beautiful studio apartment and gone for a walk in search of a grocery store. Went the wrong way at first (20-20 hindsight) but eventually got our goodies for tonight and tomorrow.

Perhaps we'll go for a real walk this evening...
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Marc Terreau on

It is a wonderful city to walk around as long as you keep your hand on your wallet. Have a wonderful time.

Eric on

New favourite catchphrase: "slapping the gypsy". Rome is also known for the cafe life, have an espresso for me!

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