A "Liesurely" Day on Via Condotti, and Environs
Aug 14, 1992
Aug 26, 1992
Where I stayed
We started at the day at the place next door for the "American Breakfast". We said to the owner, well here we are for the American Breakfast you promised us yesterday. The guy stared at us like he never had seen us, and he didn't because we later found out that the guy had a twin brother with whom he ran the place. The American Breakfast was a bust, just a come on, so we trudged on, this time a taxi to the shopping area of Rome, the area around the Via Condotti. Wendy and Jen shopped at all the fancy stores lining the streets around there while I sat in air conditioned comfort in an easy chair reading my tour book. We exited the area and had a quiet lunch on via del Corso close by. We then strolled leisurely to the Pantheon for a look at the best preserved Roman Monument, with the crypt of Raphael, and many notables. This wonderful building would have gone the way of most monuments in Rome used for building materials during the Middle Ages, except that this building was used as a church, and thus preserved. We walked to Largo Argentina, for an ongoing excavation and cat sanctuary. This is the place where Julius Caesar was assassinated in the first century BC. When we returned to the hotel I gratefully picked up all of our future train tickets, including the next day's to Florence. I will never forget the fellow at the reception, Omero, who was so helpful to us. We had dinner nearby the hotel and settled in early. I wrote in my journal on this last night in Rome that I was disappointed we didn't get to see the Colliseum inside, and the Last Judgment at the Sistine Chapel, but otherwise it was a great trip so far, as we had seen an awful lot under these hot circumstances, but very hot, and we were getting exhausted earlier each day.