Early morning explorations before start of tour!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
Trip End Mar 31, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Monday, March 19, 2012

Day 5 - early morning

For those in the group who'd arrived only yesterday, there was an optional walking tour in Ancient Rome this early morning before our 10:30am departure. Michel and I declined going on this one since we’ve been here for three days now and seen most of the top attractions by ourselves.

What we did do instead was leisurely wander around our hotel and revisited a few of the sites we’ve seen before such as la Bocca della Verita and Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio on Capitole Hill.  This proved to be as exciting the second time around even though the sky had turned a darkish grey as we walked.   It appeared to me that rain was in the forecast!  Yerk!  While I wished that it would quickly clear away, if you ask me, it didn’t look too promising!

I should mention that during our little morning stroll I couldn’t help but notice that the city workers had done an amazing and incredible job in cleaning the streets after yesterday’s marathon!   They were completely spotless and shiny and had no indication at all as to what had taken place just the day before!  Wow!  I was quite impressed to say the least!

Our luxury motor coach departed exactly at 10:30am from our hotel.  Ciro, the driver, had parked this huge monster of a bus right in front of the doorsteps regardless as to the street being really quite narrow.  I just wondered how he managed to do it without even scratching any of the smaller cars parked alongside the street.  I would definitely have panicked or better yet, not even have attempted to park here! Was he trying to tell us how good of a driver he was!  Well, actually he did succeed in doing so!  I was impressed!

Ernesta, our guide had introduced him to all of us.  He seemed list a pleasant Italian fortyish year old fellow and always sported a smile!  I wondered if he understood English even though he didn’t speak a word of it!  Never know, sometimes they do and don’t say it!  In other words, never talk behind their backs!  Ha, ha, ha!

We were driven on streets which I quickly recognized the surroundings.  It was a déjà vu but this time since we were sitting in the bus and were more elevated, I was able to capture as exciting pictures as I previously had by simply walking around Ancient Rome.

Rain started to fall down in very fine drops which rapidly turned into much heavier ones within a matter of minutes.   Luckily for us we were in the bus and not getting soaked outside.  However, with fingers crossed, I wished quite hard that it would stop.   After all, we were heading to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and I just wanted it to be perfect!

Monique   :-)

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