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September 4, 2014
Rome at Last
After a very nice breakfast at the Villa Tirreno, we pointed our GPS for the Termini Station in Rome and departed the city of Tarquinia at 9 AM. It's about 60 miles to Rome and our plan was to drop the rental car off at the train station and grab a cab with plenty of time to meet Valentino our new "landlord" before 2:30 PM. We passed through our very first toll station in Italy and the traffic scène started to change a bit. When we ...
... br> [P.S. It was only after dinner when the girls shared a secret about their activities today. Seems they encountered a retired opera diva who offered to give them vocal lessons in exchange for a nip of Lucy’s scotch. After completing their first introductory session, they surprised me with an impromptu recital of that old Neapolitan classic, O Sole Mio, which I videotaped for the benefit of all our loyal blog fans. Enjoy the performance!
... to get in. Unsurprisingly, when the doors finally opened, it was every person for themselves. Fortunately, I was 4th in line, and only waited a bit before I was called up. The woman spoke little Italian but enough to help me ship the items. I left, excited that was over with, and hoping that the packages arrived safely and securely.
When I got back there was a little time to rest before getting in the taxi and taking a last drive ...
... knew I was taking a trip to Rome I would be ecstatic...I am trying to not take for granted all of these places I am so lucky to be traveling to. I would never have guessed 3 or 5 or even 10 years ago that this would be my life.
We started to wander. We eventually found the big yellow buses we took around the city for the day (Those big red buses you see in London that tourist ride...yeah we took big yellow ones around the city of Rome!!) Our first stop was ...
... to the Colosseum for a tour around, then Meaghan, Tia and I decided to do last nights walking tour backwards. Pasta lunch at 2.30 - STARVING! I absolutely demolished it, Gavin you would be proud!! Found a gelato place that has 150 flavours! MmmmMMmmmmm!! So good. I had the BEST Pistachio EVER! Back at the camp that night we had a toga party. After all the walking my ankle was very sore, so I didn't last long before needing to lie down.
The next day was back ...