Blogs from Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe - page 6

Advertisement

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 4th 2013

Another quiet day on the home front...Lizzie at school, Fred back to bed, I did laundry, light house cleaning and groomed Mr. Miles. The 3 of us went into the city for dinner, got off the metro at Spagna. The fountain in the piazza is beautiful at night but I forgot to take a photo...sorry. We found the store that sells pods for Debbie's espresso machine and bought a bunch, including the two highest strength ones. Should be really good with the warm frothy milk for breakfast. We wandered the area, bypassing the pricier places and found a Viennese restaurant...Blanko...on Via della Croce... that served spatzle, sauerkraut, and red cabbage with traditional German beef and pork dishes. We decided to do in Rome what the Romans do so Lizzie and I had ravioli and Freddie a ... read more
Lizzie and I at Blanko
Freddie's calzone
list of evil brown liquors at Blanko

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 3rd 2013

A simple train ride, underground trip, another train ride, a plane to Rome, and then a taxi to the hotel. Should be easy enough.... If we survived this weekend in Rome, Danika and I will be able to travel anywhere with no problems. The day started early in the morning at 9 am since we did not have classes this particular Thursday. We headed on our first train which was delayed already by 5 min. This caused the next train we had to get on to be delayed by an extra 10 minutes. This train was already going slow enough that we became nervous for our next train switch. It had finally hit the time for our next train to leave the stations and we were not even on the underground yet. When we finally reached ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 3rd 2013

Lizzie's feeling a little better and was a trooper and went to school. Freddie and I decided on a short trip to Rome so we could be home when Lizzie got home from school. When we boarded the local train, there were two armed police officers on the train plus a conductor who was checking tickets....that was a shocker! We showed our red passes and driver's licenses and that was sufficient for the conductor. We got off the Metro at Spagna and it was a short walk to the steps. There's also a fountain by Bernini, and a column topped with a statue of the Virgin Mary. I've read they put lots of flowers on the Spanish Steps in the spring and its beautiful. We then headed towards Trevi Fountain looking for a sit down place ... read more
Column of the Immaculate Conception
Fontana della Barcaccia
Via Frattina

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 2nd 2013

We all got up very early to see Craig and Deb off on their fabulous adventure. Craig got Deb's cold and is feeling like crapiola, so Freddie gave him a supply of decongestant. Freddie escorted Lizzie to the bus stop, then we had a leisurely morning...espresso with warm frothy milk while looking at Rome in the distance.....once the thick dense fog burned off!!! Doing laundry was a challenge...Deb had showed me how to use the washer and dryer....the settings on the machine are all in Italian so I really had to pay attention. The dryer, a.k.a. the big dehumidier, is really different....no external venting...there's the lint collector and a water collector. As you all have seen, I worked on the blog too...sitting at the kitchen table tethered to the inverter that changes the local electricity from ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 2nd 2013

Monarch Airlines is a budget option and it did show in the age of the interiors but it left on time, the flight was short so one can’t complain. At Rome airport we caught the Leonardo Da Vinci train for 14 Euros each to Roma Termini (Rome Central terminal) This is a regular option and much cheaper than a taxi and avoids the terror of travelling in Rome’s chaotic traffic. By the way 2 small Panini (rolls) with salami and two cappuccinos cost 17.50 Euro Outrageous since we saw Panini in stores for less than 1 Euro ! Bring your own lunch to Roma Termini. I’d reserved First Class seats on the train to Salerno. (TrenItalia has an easy website to use for doing this) This gave us a guarantee of space for large suitcases and ... read more
IMG_0878
IMG_0882
IMG_0884

Advertisement

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 2nd 2013

Our day started slowly, up with Lizzie and then deciding what we wanted to do. Deb left a little gem of herself here...Lizzie and I both woke up with scratchy throats and stuffy heads...Boo!!! Freddie's been walking with Lizzie to meet the school bus in the morning, and bringing Mr. Miles (the Papillion) along...he loves it...Mr. Prancy Pants (Miles not Fred). Freddie and I settled on visiting Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla and then the Appian Way (if we still had some energy). We walked the mile plus to the local train station, passing several truck vendors set up selling clothes, shoes, scarfs, etc. They don't have the Dollar Store, they have the Euro Store....one stand had all items for 1€! The new monthly metrobus cards worked like a charm at the metro station...what a ... read more
Circus Maximus info
Stone Pine aka Umbrella Pine
Baths of Caracalla info

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 1st 2013

Our journey began Friday, we dropped off the car and took the shuttle bus to the airport. The guy at the car park said there’d be someone to pick us up even if we got in late….Philly is known for having delays….first bad omen! Check-in was a breeze, no lines. We decided to pack light when we saw the baggage fees…1st bag free, 2ndbag 50 lbs or less $100 fee, any bag over 50 lbs $150 fee…lovely!!! Bradley has the new scanners that will find anything out of place….I tested it with a hair band I forgot I had in my pocket and got sent to secondary screening. Nothing was said about the pins and metal plate in my feet. Had a quick lunch before boarding our 1 hour flight to Philly. Second bad sign was ... read more
Philly airport bar
Freddie's stream???
Pantheon

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 1st 2013

Monday Craig went to work, Lizzie to school, Deb, Freddie and I went into Rome. Deb was on a quest to buy comfie shoes for their upcoming trip and Freddie and I wanted to see how we'd do on our own in Rome while still having the safety net of Deb and Craig, so off we went. We met the Leonardo on our way out...the friendly local handyman/security guy for the gated community. We ignored his warning about the weather "malto" rain and left without jackets (except for Deb)...we'll pay for that stupid decision very shortly. Freddie used his best Italian to buy train tickets for us...he did a fine job. Once in Rome, Deb headed to Trastevere. Freddie and I retraced our route from Saturday night. It was very cloudy, started raining so out came ... read more
Lunch
Il Vittoriano
Trajan's Column

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome September 30th 2013

Sun Sep 29: Vatican (free Last Sunday of month)--but--l-o-n-g lineup. We decided instead to walk around Vatican wall headed west. Long way around. Finally found St Peter's Square about 11.30. Pope was saying mass. Went through security just to get into Square. Actually heard him speak and saw him (from a distance). A special experience. I still remember witnessing Pope John 23 saying mass inside St Peter's in 1961! The rest of our day held unexpected experiences too. we got off a bus at Largo de Torra Argentina because we spotted ruins-- 4 temples uncovered in 1926 (?). Also, nearby theatre where several operas were premiered: ie Barber of Seville... Walked to Palazzo Venicia, Victor Emanuelle's monument. Huge! I decided to hop on #80 bus to ride around Roman Forum. That was a joke. I spent ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome September 29th 2013

The anticipation has peaked into our journey to Rome. I keep asking my two friends and travel mates, 'Can you believe it ? We are on our way to Rome ?' One friend has been to Rome before and the other is taking her first adventure trip to Europe. So it begins..... Our flight was uneventful and relatively easy, arrive at airport, get through security stuff, board with growing excitement (yes we really are doing this) and settle in for the 7 hour flight. Dinner (not bad at all) and try to sleep next on the agenda. Arrival, after an uneventful flight we arrive the next morning in Rome. Hustle and bustle through the airport and out into the air, ahhhhh breathe that ? The air of centuries of history plus some major pollution, cough cough. ... read more
typical street scene
our street and hotel on left
walking into the building of hotel




Tot: 0.346s; Tpl: 0.01s; cc: 8; qc: 60; dbt: 0.1841s; 60; m:apollo w:www (50.28.60.10); sld: 3; ; mem: 6.4mb