Rome And Milan

Trip Start Aug 27, 2007
Trip End Sep 17, 2011

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hello Again,

Now i know it hasnt been long since my last entry but I recently was offered a place on a work famil travelling to Milan and Rome for the weekend so I thought I would add a quick entry to update everyone.
The trip was for a group of us from different offices within the company. We were meet at the airport by an Ailitalia representative named Marco who managed to get us upgrades to business class and access to the airport. Score.

After a very relaxed flight with me sleeping for most of it and snoring the whole time we arrived in Rome. Unfortunately some of the groups luggage got lost and our host was panicking. After all the point of the trip was to take a bunch of travel agents away and to try impress us so that we go back and sell and their product so losing luggage wasnt a great start to to the trip.

Our crazy taxi driver detoured us on the way to the hotel to stop and see the Coloseum by night and wow was I impressed. I had that same feeling I had standing on top of the Eiffel Tower.

On arriving at the hotel we were greeted by a hotel rep who joined us for a six course meal full of pasta, parma ham, proscuitto, saltimbocca, lamb racks, as well as desert and beautiful wine. I think im going to have to change the name of my blog to Alishas Culinary Tour of Europe as ive started to realise that all my blogs seem to talk about is food. I could honestly talk about the meals I had in those two days away for hours. Two days, six meals, six courses to each, and one very stuffed tummy.

Hrmmmm I think I need to marry an Italian chef...

After that first meal i retreated to my hotel room and all I can say is wow. Ive never stayed anwhere so flash with fluffy robes, a bidet/urinal, a walk in wardrobe as well as flat screen LCD TVs in both the bedroom and bathroom. A huge step up from my normal backpackers hostel.

The following morning we did a very quick tour of Rome visiting The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and a viewing of the old ruins. It wasnt enough time to see everything but definately enough to make me want to go back as soon as I have the chance. Our tour was followed by another meal and then a flight to Milan.
We had another beautiful dinner at an Italian Mozarella Bar and cocktails at a local bar before heading back to another flashy hotel.

The next morning a few of us visited the Duomo which is still used as an active church and as we went on Sunday they were holding a service. Its a very odd experience to see half a church full of tourists with cameras and the other half full of catholic priests and choir boys. I paid to take a lift to the top of the cathedral to see views over the city which were gorgeous.

After visiting the local castle it was time for some real Gelato. It was 36 degrees the whole time we were there and I dont think I have ever actually been anywhere that hot. I was absolutely boiling but on the plus side I have come back quite tanned which is good as ive never been as pasty in my life than since i went to England.

After another long lunch it was time to head back to the airport and back home to London.

I was knackered going to work the following morning but the trip was well worth it.
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