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So at 10 pm last night we set out to walk to BIG MAMA's Jazz Club (wine bar/night club etc.). Trastevere was all awake – this really is a night life area. Mirko Rinaldi (my cousin’s 40 year old musician son) was playing with a group and singer called Alan Soul!! The joint was full and Alan is 73 years old. No kidding he was such a good singer – sounding mostly like Tom Jones. Mirko’s trumpet playing was outstanding and he is ...
Today was "clothes on - clothes off" day. Having got dressed up for the hot weather, then to find that there is a dress code for The Vatican. So we both got our long black gowns with red caps and headed off to Vat City......... (actually the dress code is long pants for blokes and long skirts or pants for ladies with no open toed shoes.......but didn't Jesus wear Jesus opened toed sandals?!...yes, another "Pop ...
... I learned at st Ana that one beer is una birra, but two are due birre. Oh and the people at the table next to us were talking about Amsterdam, which the boys thought they called hamsterdam. Which would have been funny, but then karl started thinking about dead Boo Boo, and well that set off the waterworks. Holy moley, seriously,it was bad. Anyway, we managed to calm karl down and set off for home, and well... I'm sure you know where this is going.... About 5 minutes into the walk, ...
... in the background only added to the experience.
Later, first via lift and then 320 stairs
we reached the dome of the Basilica for
spectacular views over Rome. The morning
was clear and we were rewarded with a terrific vista. Monuments which we had visited and seen at
ground level took on a whole new perspective, especially Victor Emmanuel 11’s
memorial standing out, so huge and white against the rest of the ...
... Laurie insists on telling them that he doesn't want a tablecloth, but they still pester anyway!), jewellery, handbags. This afternoon Laurie did really well, had a bit of fun with one hustler, who eventually made him an offer he couldn't refuse and bought me a Prada handbag!
Cars and scooters seem to be able to get through the most impossible of spaces. Surprisingly car drivers have quite a lot of ...