Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ancient Rome

We slept in a bit today...woke up boiling hot! I don't think our rooms (yes rooms plural was a bonus since I thought we were getting a room with two doubles) have air....but they do have bidets.

Breakfast is provided at our hotel...lots of carbs...croissants and other pastries, some eggs and lunch meat and a sweet Nescafé machine. We have a habit of sitting next to European couples who have no problem with PDA.

Rode the metro to Termini (Rome's five points) to find our City Sightseeing hop on and off bus tour that we prebooked. Things are hard to find here not 'in your face' but we figure it out eventually.

We got off to see the Roman Forum, Palestine Hill and Colleseum. When I backpacked after college I don't remember spending much time here or even seeing the Roman Forum. Amazing! We walked around and around and were in awe on how old everything is and considering it's age how well preserved after 2000 years! We had downloaded Rick Steve's audio podcasts so we could do self tour. Good tip to buy tix online and skip line too!  

We went to one of neighbor Gi's recommendations for lunch...not far behind Colleseum called Cafe Cafe. They have an amazing selection of teas and small lunch menu. We had paninis. After, we went to the Colleseum...took many pics and imagined how Gladiator games worked back in the day.

We hopped back on the bus tour and got off to see the Trevi Fountain. Sadly, the fountain was covered in scaffolding so we bought a postcard. Thought of our friends the Yarbroughs who got engaged here! And dropped in a coin stating we'd return see it without scaffolding.

Our pizzeria I had preselected was closed on Sunday but an artist we bought a painting from recommended Al Presidente. We sat and ordered and THEN I looked it up in were horrible like 'get up and run from these scam artists'. We giggled about how lucky we could be to find the worst restaurant in Rome. It wasn't horrible...we were outside near a heater with each other and some beverages people watching...but food was just OK.

We strolled to the Pantheon that was all lit up. It gets dark around 6. After, we found a great gelato place called Don Nino (via dei Pastini,134). We've realized the gelato places with silver embedded containers are the homemade places whereas the ones with mounds of whipped gelato that look pretty are touristy.

It's now the remains of the day, we've walked over 18,000 steps today, but rather than sit around in our hotel rooms...Jason found an Irish pub called Highlander (vicolo di San biagio n.9) was tough to find but they are known for the spot to watch American football. While I blog and Natalie checks her Instagram (free wifi), the boys make friends (Eagles and Jaguar fans) while watching the game.

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